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BHMA unites with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival to create a city-wide hub for creative and cu

Brighton & Hove Music & Arts and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival unite to create city-wide hub for creative and cultural learning

This move brings together the combined work of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, the arts charity who produce the internationally-important annual multi-arts Festival and manage the historic Brighton Dome, and Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, who deliver music education to children and young people across the city.

By operating collectively, access to creative and cultural experiences for children, young people, families, schools and communities will be significantly improved by enabling the service to lead city-wide initiatives. It will also create a more sustainable model with enormous potential for expanding the service’s fundraising abilities.

The transfer has already been warmly welcomed by Arts Council, England and the National Foundation for Youth Music.

Brighton & Hove Music & Arts provides music and arts education and performance opportunities for all children and young people across the city. Over 4000 children and young people are directly taught each week. It also leads on a range of major projects and events - such as SoundCity - Brighton & Hove’s Music Education Hub - which engages a further 3000 children and young people through live performances.

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival presents over 600 events as part of its year-round programme, spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts and more, and produces Brighton Festival, England's leading and most-progressive mixed-arts celebration, each May. A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival commissions and supports both emerging and established artists and companies, enabling them to develop, take risks and deliver work of the highest quality.

Both organisations already have a strong foundation of partnership work through SoundCity and other projects as well as the ‘Our Future City Programme’ which aims to improve the lives and chances of young people through cultural engagement and creative skills by developing a central portal to a range of activities across the city.

There will be no significant changes as a result of the transfer. Teaching staff will stay the same, as will:

  • In-school activities such as Soundmakers and instrumental/vocal lessons

  • Out-of-school activities such as the Music Centre, Summer School, tours and concerts including the Schools Christmas Concert

  • The venues for lessons, Music Centre activities and ensemble rehearsals.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to extend the work that we already do at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival with children, young people, schools and the wider community and to play a central role in the cultural learning of the whole city. Having one of the country’s most celebrated music services connected to us directly in this way provides us with a fantastic chance to not only become a centre for cultural learning but also to connect up artists, audiences and children in their creative work.”

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