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The National Centre for Early Music is pleased to receive increased funding from the Arts Council through the new National Portfolio Funding programme that will see its grant increased by 20% over the next four years. 

The Arts Council said that the NCEM's application contributed to the goals set out in Achieving great art for everyone making particular reference to the NCEM's outstanding artistic track record supported by its broad range of partnerships reflecting the breadth of local, regional and national delivery, innovative approaches to presenting early music and strong connections between artistic programme and education programme, as well as commitment to developing talent at all levels.

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director at the National Centre for Early Music, was delighted with the Arts Council news. She commented: "The National Centre for Early Music is really thrilled to be selected to be part of the Arts Council's National Portfolio programme and to be encouraged to continue its artistic development.

"This increased funding will make it possible to support young talent and artistic excellence in early music in particular and to encourage more people to experience and be inspired by early music and the arts in general.

"The NCEM has ambitious plans and welcomes the opportunity to be able to grow the organisation, and to further develop its national programme - offering greater opportunities to young and established musicians throughout the UK - and providing audiences with the highest standards of early music performance in the country."

Flagship initiatives within the National Centre for Early Music's current portfolio include the York Early Music Festival (taking place this year from 8 to 16 July), the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (taking place this year from 26 to 29 May), the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (taking place within this year's York Early Music Festival from 14 - 16 July) and the NCEM Instrumental Composers Award (taking place this autumn).

Information about all the National Centre for Early Music's activities can be found at


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