NMC works for Cultural Olympiad 2012
Following a series of meetings, consultations and collaborative working groups the NMC and the BBC have agreed a process that continues the musical connections forged as a part of the Cultural Olympiad that will preface the sporting bonanza in 2012. The two institutions will be working together to provide access to musical organisations, venues and information about events planned as a part of the nationwide ceremonies and celebrations.
Since its inception in 1961, the NMC has championed the interests of grass roots music makers and independent organisations that support not-for-profit musical activities such as local music service providers, event promoters, choirs and instrumental ensembles. "The work the BBC has undertaken over the run-up to the Olympic Games has created an invaluable template for musical interactions in the future which the NMC can continue to develop." commented Susannah Simons, head of the Cultural Olympiad "SOUNDS" programme.
Transitional software to effect the transfer is to be funded by a special Lottery Heritage grant.