Elgar in Performance
The Elgar Society has many calls upon its finances. These come in various forms, some of which are regular annual outgoings, for example the subvention to the Birthplace and the provision of the Society’s News and Journal. Others are the result of suggestions and ideas that are brought through the membership or from outside individuals and organisations.
However, the main regular calls on its finances beyond these are the Elgar in Performance Scheme and the Other Projects fund. For the criteria for the Other Projects scheme, please see the separate section on the Society’s website. Elgar in Performance is a scheme set up to satisfy one of the Society’s agreed objectives of increasing access to the Elgar oeuvre. It exists to give support in cash and/or kind to enable live performances of Elgar’s works that we feel are particularly either unjustly neglected or require forces that may deter performing societies. Supported performances usually include choral works, because of their size.
2014 sees the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. During the period 2013-2018, the Elgar Society is keen to see performances of works that were written by Elgar during the First World War, many of which are little known. A sample programme might include The Spirit of England and The Music Makers, separated by an orchestral work such as Polonia or The Sanguine Fan. (The Music Makers of 1912 is not a war work, but has very similar scoring to the other works mentioned). Other works include the recitations with orchestra (Carillon, Une Voix dans le Désert, and Le Drapeau Belge ), or the delightful music from The Starlight Express.
To encourage organisations to promote these works, the Elgar Society is offering financial support towards performances of them, and in some cases can also, or as an alternative, offer in-kind support by supplying reduced price music.
Elgar in Performance can also consider supporting at any time other major choral works that are currently less often performed in the UK and abroad, such as the Coronation Ode, Caractacus and King Olaf. It does not support performances of The Dream of Gerontius, unless outside the UK. Works must, of course, be performed with the full orchestral forces specified by Elgar. It is worth noting that 2013 is the centenary of one of Elgar’s greatest, but least performed orchestral works, Falstaff. The Elgar Society is keen to encourage performances of this important work.
For more details go to the Elgar website (www.elgar.org), click on to Elgar Society and then on to Elgar in Performance, and the application form is available there to download. You will see that we require the following information overleaf.
1. Name, address, daytime telephone number and email address of the person making the application. This will be the Society’s principal point of contact for the application so must be someone who is able to discuss the details of the project for which funding is sought.
2. A brief history of the organisation applying for support together with an up-to-date list of the members of the governing body. If you are not applying on behalf of an organisation you should provide a cv outlining your career to date.
3. Full details of the project for which help is requested. For example, these must include the date(s) of performances, details of venues, the performers taking part and the repertoire to be performed. Any changes to the original application (e.g. changes of performer or repertoire) must be notified to the Society immediately and may negate or modify a grant already offered.
4. A detailed budget for the project including estimated income and expenditure (including receipts from ticket sales and advertising, grants from other sources, etc). This information should be updated after the application is submitted, for instance as applications to other grant makers are approved or rejected. If you are applying for a single event within a series or festival you must supply the budget for the single event rather than the series.
5. Details of all outstanding applications for funding to other bodies including national Arts Councils, grant-making trusts and charities, individuals and commercial sponsors.
6. The most recent set of audited accounts for your organisation and the budget for your current year.
7. Your charity and/or company registration numbers where applicable.
The Society will usually only fund up to £1,000 of the cost of any event or project. Any changes in the details of your event or project must be notified to the Society immediately and, particularly in the case of changes in repertoire, may result in a grant being withdrawn or modified.
The Society’s Elgar in Performance assessors place no deadline for applications, but early submission is advised as the Scheme’s funds are soon exhausted. Applications can be made for future calendar years.
E-mail applications are preferred, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any enquiries outside of the application should be telephoned to Mr Barry Collett on 01572 722504 or addressed to him at 5, Hanbury Close, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6LY.
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Those seeking funding for an event that does not involve musical performance should use this link to the funding of other projects form. The completed form should be attached to an e-mail addressed to email@example.com .
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