The impact of Covid-19 has been felt by everyone. Like many, Cambridge Music Festival has been hit hard: tiers, lockdowns, government guidelines and social distancing have thwarted our artistic plans and cut off vital income from sponsors, donors and ticket sales. Our November 2020 festival (which fell during the second lockdown) was postponed to March, and has now be redefined as a flexible series across the year, from March to November.
The Festival has received no support from public funders or the Arts Council’s Cultural Recovery Fund, and alternative sources of income (such as from online events) fall a long way short of what we need to pay the artists and cover costs.
We now have exciting plans for 2021, our 30th anniversary season, and are busy talking to a brilliant and varied line-up of artists for events running from March to November.
CMF Anniversary Fund: getting back to live music
To achieve this, we need your help. Can you help us to reach our target of £20,000 by June, to support artists, get back to live music and nourish local audiences?
Plans this year include concerts by Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, pianist Stephen Hough, Takács Quartet, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Dunedin Consort, Chineke!, ORA Singers, the Choir of King’s College and many more.
The Festival welcomes donations of any size to the Anniversary Fund. All donations matter. Thank you.
If you are able to support at a higher level, please consider becoming a Major Donor. Thresholds start at £300 and £1,000 a year and benefits include priority booking, access to the best seats in the house, advance notice of Festival plans and invitations to private events.
Your donation will:
- Attract world class artists who rarely if ever come to Cambridge
- Showcase exceptional young musicians
- Enable a varied programme that combines gems of the last 500 years with new works by emerging composers
- Deepen involvement with the community through free out-door events
To find out more about becoming a Major Donor, please contact Justin Lee, the Festival Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.