'NMC has become the label of choice for every aficionado of contemporary British music' – The Times
NMC arose almost more by chance than by design. Imogen Holst and Colin Matthews had set up the Holst Foundation in 1984 with the aim of supporting the work of living composers. A significant concert of contemporary music at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1987, funded entirely by the Foundation, attracted a full house, but was not broadcast and so was heard by only 800 people. This led Colin Matthews to propose that recordings were the ideal way to reach a larger audience. The Holst Foundation has been the major funder of NMC ever since our inception in 1989.
NMC is a unique and indispensable player in the new music world. We operate as a social enterprise with charitable status, providing public benefit through the contribution our work makes to enriching cultural life. NMC’s future – our ability to continue to record and promote the innovative, the challenging, the obscure, the lost – is reliant on securing public funding and the support of trusts and foundations, plus the generous investment of our donors, Friends, and collaborating partners.
NMC believes that new music is a dynamic and engaging art. We always seek to discover and share exceptional work that inspires and challenges. NMC:
- produces high quality recordings of outstanding work by composers from the British Isles.
- works with leading artists and ensembles
- promotes these recordings to expand worldwide audiences for contemporary music
- preserves this creativity for generations to come
NMC is an equal opportunities organisation, and staff, trustees and NMC's Patrons are recruited from all backgrounds. NMC’s trustees continue to review the organisation’s diversity policy over all areas.
Partnership working is a growth area for NMC as we seek to broaden our audience base and expand our artistic horizons. In 2011-12, we began a series of recordings devised and produced in collaboration with the London Sinfonietta, and worked for the first time with the Hallé; and NMC was the Digital Partner of the PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20x12 project, digitally releasing the 20 works commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad initiative. Our partners include:
Arts Council England
BBC Radio 3
BBC Symphony Orchestra
The Britten-Pears Foundation
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
PRS for Music Foundation
Spitalfields Music Festival
Sound & Music
King's College London
Conservatoire and university music/ composition departments