It’s a definite case of ‘music to our ears’ for hcmf// with the announcement that it has been awarded £114,000 through Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve funding stream, which will support further development of its philanthropic fundraising capacity and activity over the next 3 years.

The news comes just 24 hours after the Festival was celebrating its success in securing £160,000 from ACE’s International Showcasing Fund, which will assist the production of an international showcase of British contemporary, new and experimental music across the closing weekends of both the 2016 and 2017 festivals.

This new award focuses on strengthening the Festival’s ability to raise funds from individual donors, members, charitable trusts and foundations and businesses, in order to further diversify its funding base and increase financial sustainability. hcmf// had previously benefited from an earlier round of Catalyst funding, as part of a consortium of new music organisations, which enabled a variety of fundraising methods to be tried and tested.

This latest award from the Catalyst programme recognises and builds on the Festival’s progress and achievements so far by supporting a range of philanthropic giving campaigns and projects to be undertaken over the next 2 – 3 years and providing match-funding for the amounts that are raised.

hcmf// Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie, welcomed the news: “To say that we’re delighted to receive such fantastic news two days in a row would be something of an understatement! We are immensely proud of this achievement and extremely grateful to have received such significant support from Arts Council England.

The awards are a real vote of confidence in the on-going development of hcmf// as a forward-looking arts organisation as well as recognising its importance in the national and international landscape of contemporary and experimental music. Given that both funding streams will continue through into 2017, when we will be celebrating the 40th year of hcmf//, the news is also a great boost for the festival and for British new music.”