hcmf// is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £160,000 through Arts Council England’s International Showcasing fund.

The award 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.

Each year, twenty international delegates, including programmers and festival directors from Europe and beyond, will be invited to attend the programme of concerts by leading artists and composers, with a view to building on hcmf//’s established record of brokering international partnerships to enable the creation and performance of new UK works.

hcmf// Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie, welcomed the funding boost:

“We are absolutely delighted to hear that hcmf// has been awarded the International Showcasing funding, which will have a really positive impact for the Festival over the next two years. It will enable us to continue to develop our successful model for working with international partners to collaborate both on commissioning and presenting new work. The International Showcasing programme will not only strengthen hcmf//’s market position internationally, it will also enable the Festival to create exciting opportunities for British artists and composers, including established figures and emerging talent, across a number of new territories.”

In announcing the awards, Nicholas Baumfield, Senior Manager at Arts Council England in the North said:

“Our International Showcasing programme means that more UK artists can take part in creative collaborations, exchange knowledge and ideas and export their work around the world. Arts producers, composers and literary publishers will be able to win sales and commissions in other countries through specialist showcasing events like the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. This will increase their impact and their resilience.”