We aren't currently accepting submissions to our BCMG NEXT programme.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group announces that, due to lack of funding for the programme, we are unable to continue offering the BCMG NEXT scheme. BCMG NEXT has provided training in contemporary performance practice, in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, since 2018. The scheme defined a new era for the sector, which was appreciated by audiences, participants, composers and musicians. Our thanks go to the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the Foyle Foundation for supporting the initial launch of the project, with further generous support from Fidelio Charitable Trust and Idlewild Trust.

We are saddened the Arts Council England has let us know, after an extended period of careful consideration, that they are not in a position to fund the BCMG NEXT scheme’s future, nor the future of a planned National Youth Contemporary Music Ensemble (NYCE).  


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