Joint Birmingham bid secures Arts Council Funding

Town Hall Symphony Hall and Birmingham Jazz have been successful in their applicationfor Arts Council funding, and have been offered a place in the Arts Council?s NationalPortfolio programme. Funding has been granted for an outstanding music programmetogether with a new and powerful force in jazz-based education and community work.

The programme will be delivered by an innovative partnership between Town Hall Symphony Hall and Birmingham Jazz, setting an example of how large and small arts organisations can help each other out by combining resources to sustain great work. Together, they will deliver the best in jazz for the people of Birmingham, celebrating local and global talent in a range of settings around the city – from gigs in pubs and clubs, to concerts in Town Hall, and popular free events on Symphony Hall?s foyers.

Supporting all this will be a new programme of jazz-based learning and participation, rooted in the community. It will develop the talents of local young people by working with community-based groups like the Town Hall Community Gospel Choir, the Birmingham Jazz Youth Ensemble, and the Notebenders, as well as schools and residents in Ladywood, Erdington and Perry Barr.

The venture, which will commence in April 2012, has been made possible thanks to a successful application to Arts Council England, announced today, for a three-year funding deal as part of the Arts Council?s National Portfolio. The collaboration is the first successful outcome of the Birmingham Music Hub project, with organisations working together to share resources and put audiences at the heart of their work with greater effect.

Birmingham Jazz and THSH already collaborate closely on a range of projects, including the hugely successful free Rush Hour Blues series which has now been running for over 6 years and regularly attracts audiences of over 400 people to Symphony Hall?s foyers.

Tony Dudley-Evans, Artistic Director, Birmingham Jazz said, ?We believe that thispartnership, which builds on many previous joint successes, will deliver an enhancedand focused programme that will broaden opportunities to engage with live musicthrough education and concert going in Birmingham.?

Paul Keene, Director of Programming, Town Hall & Symphony Hall said, ?Town HallSymphony Hall works in partnership with a huge range of small organisations in thecity, supporting them and helping develop their audiences. Jazz is a crucial part of therich mix of music we offer – from Bhangra to Beethoven! – which reaches people of alltastes and all backgrounds. We?re looking forward to making our harmoniousrelationship with Birmingham Jazz even closer, using music to bring people together, toentertain and to inspire.?