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The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret's Church, York is proud to be selected once again as part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio programme. 

The NCEM has been awarded a grant of £270,467 a year for the next three years to continue to support artistic excellence in early music (ie music of its time from the medieval to the baroque); to support the development of young talented professionals, and to encourage more people to experience and be inspired by early music in particular, alongside many other musical genres including world music and jazz. This is on the same level as the NCEM's grant funding for the last two years.

The NCEM has also been awarded a capital grant of £133,395 to carry out important improvements to St Margaret's Church, home to the National Centre for Early Music (opened in 2000). The improvements will focus on the artist, participant and audience experiences through improved lighting, staging, AV and IT facilities. It will also reduce energy and maintenance costs through strategic investment designed to support long-term sustainability.

The Arts Council described the NCEM as 'outstanding' in meeting its goals. Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music commented: "We are delighted to be part of the Arts Council's National Portfolio programme for another three years. We have ambitious plans ahead and will be pivotal in developing a national early music strategy alongside key promoters and venues/festivals throughout the country. 

The NCEM will also continue to run its three highly regarded festivals in Yorkshire: the York Early Music Festival, the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival and the York Early Music Christmas Festival, and two major competitions - the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition and the NCEM Young Composers Award supported by BBC Radio 3."  
The NCEM will continue to develop its year-round series of high profile concerts and events in York working with an array of supportive partners across many different music genres including early, classical, world, folk and jazz as well as supporting a wide range of young talented musicians through its year-round creative learning programme. 

The NCEM looks forward to celebrating early music and other music genres over the next three years through performances, workshops, recordings, broadcasts, educational opportunities and live streaming and to introducing new audiences to its repertoire.

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