As a charity NMC is non-profit-making, providing public benefit through the contribution our work makes to enriching cultural life. Our ability to record and promote the innovative, challenging, obscure and lost is reliant upon securing the support of individuals who are as passionate about new music as we are. Your support directly contributes to our mission. Thank you.
Colin Matthews (Executive Producer) on NMC’s Vision
Imogen Holst was a visionary. When together we established the Holst Foundation, not long before her death in 1984, she was clear that she did not want its future role to be to subsidise her father’s music in the way that most other composer trusts function. Instead she hoped that it would be able to support the work of living composers; and this is what the Foundation has done for nearly 30 years. We had talked at length about the possibility of funding recordings, and although it took a while to get NMC off the ground, I have always felt that the label was founded with her blessing, and that she would have approved whole-heartedly of what we have achieved since 1989.
The Holst Foundation’s substantial support will come to an end in a few years’ time (Holst’s copyrights expired in 2004 meaning the Foundation’s income ceased and funds are being run down) and NMC will depend more than ever on individual supporters, for whose generosity we are already hugely grateful. Every gift helps us to keep up our reputation for innovation and independence, for quality and originality, and maintains our indispensable contribution to the world of new music. NMC seeks to challenge, and we make no secret of the fact that some parts of the catalogue make more demands on our listeners than others. The rewards for those with open ears are all the greater. How could this be anything but inspiring?
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