Supporting music

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We support all kinds of musical genres to meet the needs of artists and to make music accessible to everyone.

We aim to bring the most inspiring musical experiences to both audiences and participants, whether in traditional venues like concert halls, churches and schools, or unconventional spaces like libraries, swimming pools, and even car-parks!

In 2014/15 we invested £168.2 million in music organisations and musicians across all kinds of genres. One hundred and two organisations currently receive regular funding as part of our National Portfolio, ranging from large-scale opera companies and orchestras, to independent music producers and local music teaching and participation organisations.

We want music to be enjoyed by all and our focus is on identifying new talent and finding new audiences through touring, digital media, and presenting music in fresh and surprising ways.

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Latest news, blog posts and case studies

ANNOUNCING: our budget for 2018-22

We have just published details of our budget for our next investment period, alongside guidance for applying to our National Portfolio

A young woman in a Create t-shirt holds a dance pose while performing on stage against a bright green backdrop

On culture and caring

Nicky Goulder on the impact of art and culture on young carers, and how creativity can helps us to step into someone else's shoes

Exterior shot of Dean Heritage Centre - an old building on the edge of a forest in front of a lake

Waving not drowning

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about how we’re investing in strategic thinking in museums through our Museum Resilience Fund

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Top left to bottom right: 1. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 2. Urban Development: UProgress Students. Photo © Alexis Maryon 3. Match&Fuse festival Toulouse 3 October 2015 © Daniela Gerstmann 4. Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Ramps On The Moon: Kiruna Stamell, David Carlyle and Francesca Mills in The Government Inspector at The New Wolsey Theatre, 2016 5. No Credit Displaying 6. ChristianScott at RichMix, EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 © EmileHolba 7. A young carer performs at Sadler’s Wells during inspired:arts. Photo © Alicia Clarke 8. Dean Heritage Centre. Photo © Eye Shut Photography 9. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 10. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 11. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 12. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 13. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 14. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 15. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 16. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate