The funder collaborations working to support the arts recognise the value of culture for society, and the need for a stable and sustainable arts sector that is open to all.


The Arts Funders Network

The Arts Funders Network is an informal network of independent funders, with a secretariat currently provided by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


Bringing together the senior leadership of 22 of the UK’s most significant arts and cultural funders, the Arts Funders Network meet every two to three months with three aims:

Live Work Fund

The Live Work Fund is a new collaboration between Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust, to support artists and producers working with music and live performance to sustain their practice through Covid-19.

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Key workers: creative ageing in lockdown and after

The creative ageing sector's response to supporting the wellbeing of older people during COVID-19 has been immensely impressive. However these organisations, like the rest of the arts sector, are worried about the future.

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Continuo Foundation seeks collaboration partners

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:10

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Continuo Foundation’s mission is to create and promote a sustainable and flourishing community in the UK historical performance sector, enabling excellent live chamber music to become part of everyday life for people of all ages, in every part of the country. We aim to perpetuate a virtuous circle of growth by: 1. bringing the excellence of period performance, and its place at the heart of the UK classical music landscape, to wider public attention 2. helping ensembles and freelance musicians to become more financially sustainable through greater performance activity and larger, more engaged audiences 3. creating opportunities for the next generation of artists leaving conservatoires 4. widening access to excellent music in all regions of the UK, especially those with little provision currently 5. investing in technology to connect performers with audiences and foster collaboration and growth

What we're looking for

We are looking to scale up our impact by sharing our expert grant evaluation resources with other funders interested in supporting the touring of excellent chamber music performances to communities in all regions of the UK, particularly those currently underserved. We are a young charity which has awarded more than £250,000 in 2021 through two rounds of small grants (£2-10k). These funds have allowed period-instrument ensembles to proceed with projects creating work for over 800 freelance classical musicians. Our rigorous evaluation process, and monitoring, is carried out by a group of industry experts giving their time pro bono and our impact has been widely recognised. So far, we have receive grant requests which are several times the amount of our funds available, so we could increase our impact significantly by collaborating with other funders keen to make a difference in this area but lacking the resources to manage small grants. We plan to continue with two grant rounds per year.

If you would like to know more, please email ACF via, using the subject line: Continuo Foundation seeks collaboration partners.