London Contemporary Orchestra receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
London Contemporary Orchestra has been awarded a generous grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.
London Contemporary Orchestra is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
This grant will continue the ability of the orchestra to work with the leading players and composers of the younger generation and to push forward the contemporary classical genre. The grant will also be used to progress our commitment to 50% diversity across all levels of our organisation by June 2021. For more information please see our statement here.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.
“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.
“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
A statement from LCO
This is an apology for our inaction in resolving the systemic racism and lack of representation of BAME people in classical music. We are also laying out a set of steps we are undertaking to radically reform our organisation in the light of this. Classical music fundamentally lacks diversity across all parts of its organisations. This is not a new problem, nor one that has lacked discussion, but it remains fundamentally unresolved. That includes in our organisation, London Contemporary Orchestra.
Recent events and the discussion around them have educated us to understand that this failure is a clear manifestation of systemic, institutional racism. We, along with most other ensembles, have been happy to rely on the lack of non-white players coming from the music colleges as an excuse for inaction. We now understand that this is wrong and cannot be allowed to continue. We want to express our sincere and unequivocal apology for our role in perpetuating such, and to lay out the beginnings of a set of actions we are undertaking to address it.
We understand that there are multiple areas that affect the current lack of diversity, hence its systemic nature. Those that we have currently identified are: our own organisational make-up, the collaborators we work with and the nurturing of new talent.
As a first step, and in order to show our total commitment to reform, we are making a concrete pledge that by June 2021 our employees, Directors and Trustees share the same diversity as London (50% non-white).
The fundamental issue of our player pool remains. Instigated by our players, we began a process in Jan 2020 to address this. Our objective is to achieve the same level of representation. We hope to be able to put a timeline on when we can deliver this at the end of the consultation period mentioned above.
In addition, over the next month, we will engage in a set of “town hall” consultations with our BAME players, our broader player pool, our collaborators and our audience/ community to learn their thoughts about our industry and how they would propose that these issues are resolved. This will take place over the next month on a set of Zoom calls and each of these will be announced on our social media channels at least a week in advance to provide proper notice.
Following this period we will publish a timeline with the exact steps that we plan to take and the exact period over which they will be enacted. We will attach a proper budget and staffing to these actions to ensure that those involved are properly compensated and that these actions succeed in a sustainable way.
We want to take the most open approach possible to addressing these issues. If you have any thoughts then please contact us either by DM on social media or direct by email: [email protected] We are listening and we appreciate the patience of the BAME community while we take steps to resolve these problems.
JOB DESCRIPTION – LIVE PROJECTS PRODUCER
JOB TITLE: Live Projects Producer
TERMS: Part or Full Time depending on the candidate
CONTRACT: Salaried, beginning April 2020, with a 3-month review
REMUNERATION: £36,400 (pro rated to agreed hours) plus commission on project profits
London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) is excited to recruit for the role of Live Projects Producer to expand the LCO’s live project activities. The LCO undertakes a large number of projects per year working in the U.K. with prestigious venues like the Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre, and internationally across Europe, U.S.A. and elsewhere.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail (PDF format) to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 6th March 2020 using the subject line Live Projects Producer – Application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted later in the week for interview, in London, w/c Monday 23rd March 2020.
ComposHer: Open Call for Orchestrations
ComposHer and the London Contemporary Orchestra are offering an open call for orchestrations for a performance of works by the U.K.’s leading female composers at Earth Hackney on Thursday the 13th June.
The selected applicants will have:
• The opportunity to orchestrate a piece by one of the composers presented at the event (see list below)
• Mentorship and guidance from the Artistic Directors of the London Contemporary Orchestra
• Interaction with the composer of the piece
• Attendance at the workshop/ rehearsal of the piece
• Attendance at the rehearsal final performance
• Payment for their work
Applicants must be available to work in the weeks of 27th May and 3rd June.
ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. The aim of the concert is not only to showcase this incredible talent in the UK, of composers scoring film, TV and more, but also to inspire the next generation of women composers and to seek to make this area of the industry as inclusive as possible for future generations.
The composers being showcased are: Carly Paradis, Jessica Jones, Anne Nikitin, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Kate Simko, Jessica Curry, Jocelyn Pook, Nainita Desai, Imogen Heap, Alev Lenz, Claire M Singer and Amelia Warner.
London Contemporary Orchestra is a leading global orchestral group focused on playing, commissioning and developing new music and artistic output. Alongside working with well- known artists, LCO focus on developing a diverse next generation of players, conductors and composers by creating opportunities for them to work at the highest professional level.
For consideration please submit a previously orchestrated score with a recording (if possible): [email protected] by Midnight on Saturday the 17th May 2019.
JOB DESCRIPTION – RECORDING PROJECTS MANAGER (PART-TIME; SALARIED)
This is a rare opportunity offering considerable professional development and growth to someone interested in the music industry across record labels, publishing, A&R and soundtracks in administration and management.
JOB TITLE: Recording Projects Manager
TERMS: Part-time – four hours per day, five days per week
CONTRACT: Salaried, beginning May/June 2019, with a 3-month review
LINE MANAGER: Hugh Brunt – co-Artistic Director & co-Principal Conductor
REMUNERATION: £18,200 (£36,400 pro rata)
London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) is pleased to recruit for the specially-created role of Recording Projects Manager – working with co-Artistic Director & co-Principal Conductor Hugh Brunt to support the delivery and expansion of the LCO’s studio output, encompassing Hollywood and independent feature films, TV series, production/library music, video games, sample libraries, and albums with leading bands and solo artists.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail (PDF format) to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 6 May 2019 using the subject line Recording Projects Manager – Application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted later in the week for interview, in London, w/c Monday 13 May 2019.
Photo: Lee Kirby for Spitfire Audio (LCO Textures)