UK-Russia Year of Music begins March 2019

The UK-Russia Year of Music will celebrate both countries rich musical cultures, traditions and achievements through a programme which will foster people-to-people connections.

It will build on the successes of the UK-Russia Year of Culture in 2014, the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature in 2016 and the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education in 2017.

The aims of the Year of Music are to:

  • Share, celebrate and broaden appreciation of contemporary and classical music from the UK and Russia through diverse, inclusive and innovative programming
  • Create and share opportunities for professional collaboration between individuals and institutions, including agencies and promoters, conservatoires and music schools and the creative industries in the UK and Russia
  • Inspire audiences across the whole of the UK and the whole of Russia to build positive relations with one another through cultural exchange
  • Support as many young people as possible to participate in cultural and educational activities

Diversity will be at the heart of the programme and will be reflected in the representation of the UK, the showcasing of different genres of classical and contemporary music and innovative approaches to presenting events and to reaching audiences across Russia, both live and online.

The UK-Russia Year of Music Grant Scheme is for Russian organisations who wish to present UK music of any genre in Russia between 1 March 2019 and 31 March 2020, including:

  • Russian state and independent concert halls
  • Philharmonias and conservatoires
  • Theatres
  • Clubs and bars
  • Independent agencies and promoters
  • State and independent music festivals
  • Other cultural institutions with music programmes (museums, parks etc)
  • Orchestras, ensembles, artists, artists collectives with event management experience who wish to organise a UK music performance

Grants are available for:

  • Concerts, performances, operas, DJ-sets, music installations and other types of events (of any genre) taking place in Russia that will involve inviting and collaborating with UK musicians, groups, conductors, orchestras, composers etc, as the main element of the planned activity. Multiple performances are encouraged.
  • Commissions of new pieces of music from a UK composer to be performed in Russia.
  • TV and radio broadcast, recordings, or live or recorded music projects promoted primarily on digital platforms.
  • Activity may include: professional and audience development opportunities, such as conferences, workshops, public talks, exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns. However, live music performances must form the key part of the proposal.

For more information about the conditions of grants please click on the link below.

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