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27th June 2017

Plymouth Music Zone is one of six new arts organisations in Plymouth to be awarded significant funding as part of Arts Council England's 2018-2022 ‘National Portfolio’. Arts Council England awards ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ status to a certain number of organisations across the country that create excellent cultural work and who they feel open up the arts and museums to new audiences in exciting and engaging ways. The National Portfolio is deliberately chosen to help achieve the Arts Council's stated goal of 'achieving great art and culture for everyone'. 

PMZ is one of ten organisations in Plymouth to receive a share of the £16m awarded to the city and one of six that are new to the National Portfolio.  The charity will receive £520,000 over 4 years, its biggest grant yet.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, says they are delighted to be welcoming Plymouth Music Zone into the National Portfolio.

“Plymouth Music Zone uses the power of music to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children, young people and adults across Plymouth and much further afield.  They will bring to the portfolio expertise in inspiring and empowering individuals and communities and we look forward to working with them to share their exceptional skills with more people, locally, nationally and internationally”.

The investment in Plymouth has been called a 'cornerstone' of the Arts Council's plans to invest more money than ever before outside London. It will support the development of a nationally and internationally significant cultural scene, which further builds Plymouth's reputation in the run-up to the Mayflower anniversary celebrations in 2020. 

The other organisations in Plymouth to be part of the National Portfolio in 2018-22 are Barbican Theatre, KARST, Literature Works, Plymouth Culture, Arts & Heritage, Plymouth City Council (Plymouth History Centre), Real Ideas Organisation CIC (Bridge), Real Idea Organisation CIC (Ocean Studios), Take A Part CIC and Theatre Royal Plymouth Ltd.

Plymouth Music Zone's Executive Director, Debbie Geraghty, says it's the first time in 18 years PMZ has been part of the national portfolio and feels it's perfect timing:

"We're really excited to be one of the Arts Council's National Portfolio newbies. We have an unswerving passion for using the power of music to support people in the most unlikely of places and during the most difficult of times. This funding will allow us to bring people together to create community and kindness where it's needed most and to grow and share our expertise on a far wider stage. The arts sector in Plymouth is the most dynamic it's been in years and we're proud to be part of that increased investment and rising sense of purpose."

The National Portfolio 2018 - 2022 includes 831 organisations of all sizes across England sharing £1.6 billion over the 4 years. Some organisations are already well-established nationally or internationally, like the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and the Royal Philharmonic. PMZ's National Portfolio funding will combine with investment from existing funders to support the charity's emerging vision of becoming an international centre of excellence for Community Music and Wellbeing open to everyone.    

Click here to read Arts Council England's full announcement and more about National Portfolio Organisations 2018 - 2022.

To read the full media release, click here


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