Jazz North and fellow northern music organisations Durham Music Service, Soundwave Cumbria, InterOpera Ltd and National Youth Choirs Great Britain teamed together to bid for funding to help secure their future.
Arts Council England has awarded almost £150,000 to the Northern Music Consortium through its Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity fund, which aims to boost fundraising skills and expertise within the arts. The aim is to ensure organisations are able to maintain and further develop artistic ambition and innovation during challenging economic times.
The Northern Music Consortium also includes Durham Music Service, Jazz North, Soundwave Cumbria, InterOpera Ltd and National Youth Choirs Great Britain, which is based in Durham City.
The group is led by Durham County Council’s Brass: Durham International Festival, and they will use the money to fund a programme of activities aimed at identifying new sources of income and new ways of managing and boosting funding, particularly from private donors.
Member organisations will also receive support with their medium to long term fundraising planning and will have the chance to benefit from the expertise of inspirational arts leaders through a mentoring scheme.
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Arts Council England regional director, said: “The Northern Music Consortium will be using the Arts Council’s Catalyst investment to achieve a variety of goals, from developing private-giving strategies to running joint fundraising campaigns and increasing awareness of commercial opportunities within the music sector.
“This important work will help music organisations across the North of England become more resilient and innovative, which is exactly the kind of work our catalyst scheme is there to support.”