Brighter Sound announces Ambition for Excellence grant

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Brighter Sound announces Ambition for Excellence grant

Brighter Sound announces Arts Council England “Ambition for Excellence” funding to support a major programme for female musicians.

Brighter Sound is proud to announce that we have received investment from Arts Council England’s “Ambition for Excellence” Fund to deliver “Both Sides Now”, an ambitious and inspirational three year programme to support, celebrate and profile the creativity and potential of young and emerging female musicians.

Opportunities will include artistic residencies, international commissions, apprenticeships, research labs, infrastructure support and the development of resources for music education. The programme will enable emerging musicians to develop and showcase their work nationally and internationally, explore musical careers and make a step change towards achieving them. Young musicians will be supported through regional projects, events and progression routes.

Alison Clark Programme Lead, Ambition for Excellence, Arts Council England said “We’re really pleased to support this programme which will work with aspiring artists in the music industry and address a very particular challenge in that industry. The fund is designed to back ambitious ideas with long term impact on artists and their work, and this project will certainly do that by supporting artists to make great new music.”

Both Sides Now will be delivered across the North through a consortium of inspirational and influential partners ranging from national venues and music press, to Music Education Hubs and music development organisations representing the music sector in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, nationally and internationally.

Both Sides Now aims to stimulate an ambitious, collaborative and impactful response to the gender gap in music across the North of England – at the core of this programme is a commitment to create lasting change, connecting and developing a stronger infrastructure to serve the music economy of the north.

Director, Debra King: We’re thrilled that ACE have chosen to invest in Both Sides Now – this shows the importance of the issues around gender in music and that they’re something to be explored and addressed, from schools to the industry. We have an incredible set of supporters and partners who will be working with us across the North, the country and in Europe, and we can’t wait to start work on this ambitious project.”

Further announcements will be made in due course about the first Both Sides Now events and activities – sign up to Brighter Sound’s newsletter here to be the first to receive information.