Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is delighted to announce news received this morning from Arts Council England (ACE) that it will once again be part of the National Portfolio of Organisations and will be funded up to 2022 in the current funding round.
The annual figure of £241,627 announced today represents a standstill on the Festival’s current level of core funding. The news has been welcomed by the hcmf// team as another significant vote of confidence in the local, national and international programme of work presented by the world-renowned Festival in Huddersfield each November.
Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie says: “2017 sees the 40th edition of hcmf// and in this milestone year we’re especially grateful to have received the news that our core funding from ACE has been secured for the coming 4 years. The ongoing success and development of hcmf// is testament to the hard work and commitment of our team, our Board and all of our partners, funders and collaborators.”
“At the heart of hcmf// is a continuing determination to be forward-facing in everything that we do: striving to expand our audiences’ horizons by exploring new areas of creativity; providing life-changing inspiration and opportunities through our Learning & Participation programme; and working to build strong partnerships, not only with our funders and supporters, but also through world-wide artistic collaborations and co-commissions with artists, composers and other festivals. In this way, we seek to maintain and strengthen hcmf//’s position as one of the leading international platforms for contemporary music and related contemporary arts.”
A secure and stable future
Securing NPO status with ACE provides hcmf// with a vital foundation for our commitment to ensuring that the Festival has a secure and sustainable future as we look ahead to the next 40 years. It’s also important to thank and acknowledge the vital support of other funders and partners, including Kirklees Council and the University of Huddersfield, which enables the Festival to continue to create and present the most exciting new music from Britain, Europe and beyond in Huddersfield.
hcmf// 2017 takes place from Friday 17 November to Sunday 26 November. The Festival will present the World Premiere of a new work by internationally acclaimed British composer James Dillon, the UK Premiere of a major cycle of work by Brian Ferneyhough and a focus on key works by two remarkable figures – the late Pauline Oliveros and American/Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith.
The full programme will be announced in mid-July.