manchester jazz festival secures NPO funding for the next three years

mjf is delighted to share news of our successful bid for ongoing Arts Council England funding for a further three years, as part of the new NPO portfolio. This means we can support artists, audiences and the creative sector to deliver our annual festivals, more new commissions and our cherished artist development programmes for creatives across the north of England. It will also support the curation of an inspiring new festival hub and the evolution of our international partnerships. This welcome news comes at a time when the world is facing pervasive challenges, and especially closer to home, economic hardship and imbalance.
We’re incredibly grateful for ACE’s continued investment and confidence in our vision. We can’t wait to get started on the next stage in mjf’s development, working up to 2025-6: mjf’s 30th anniversary yearIt’s also a humbling recognition of the work we do behind the scenes to nurture artists’ careers and creativity, and to offer festival audiences new music experiences they simply can’t get elsewhere.” Steve Mead, mjf’s Artistic Director & CEO
I’d also like to take the opportunity to recognise the valued achievements of peers who weren’t so lucky with this funding round. We are all connected in the jazz and wider music sector, and mjf will continue to work in partnership with a wide range of collaborators, for our mutual growth and audience engagement.” Steve Mead.
Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, said: Together, each of the 990 organisations that have been offered funding today will contribute to a portfolio that is rich, varied and truly national. This is our widest ever spread of investment across the country, ensuring that many more people will have access to a wider choice of exceptional art, culture and creative opportunities on their doorsteps. We are in tough times but we must remember creativity brings with it extraordinary dividends, boosting our country’s economic growth, creating jobs, bringing communities closer together, and making us happier as individuals. Everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits it brings, and with this investment, we believe we’ve taken a decisive step towards making that vision a reality.”
What are the data headlines for Arts Council England? 
£446 million per annum of investment to bring art, culture, and creativity to more people, in more places, across the country 
990 organisations will receive a share of £446 million investment, including 276 new organisations of all shapes and sizes 
Each year, Arts Council England are investing £43.5 million in Levelling Up for Culture Places across the country  
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