NMC celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Looking to the future

Our anniversary gave us the opportunity to acknowledge the impact our charity has had on the sector over the last 30 years, and as we looked to the future, we pledged to continue to support new music and build a catalogue that celebrates and fully reflects talent across modern Britain. 



Where we are now:

Our complete catalogue

In the last 5 years
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Anniversary Target

We pledge to take steps to ensure our future recording programme is more representative across gender and race. Recent analysis highlighted that 90% of proposals we were receiving were from men, so we have taken steps to redress the balance by promoting our opportunities more broadly, and have set a target that at least 50% of new releases from 2020 will feature composers who identify as women. Alongside this we have made a commitment to double the number of BAME composers in the catalogue (currently 19) by 2022.





In 2017, we launched a series of education resources to assist the development of emerging talent and to inspire an interest in, and appreciation of, new music in younger audiences. These resources include: r:strng, our free app featuring Kate Whitley's music and allowing students from KS3 & KS4 to create their own remixes; GCSE Dance, a free teaching resource developed in partnership with Rambert Dance Company and including guidance notes for teachers as well as a free download album; the NMC Music Map, our free interactive tool to explore, see, and hear the connections between composers; and GCSE Composition, which takes works from the NMC catalogue as a starting point for practical lessons and student exercises in Rhinegold Education's innovative Online Music Classroom. 

In 2019, we were delighted to continue our education work with partnerships with London Music Masters, Music Hubs, and Chineke! Foundation.







Anniversary Appeal

Every year we raise almost £40,000 from our generous individual donors, which represents 14% of our income, to fund every aspect of the work that we do. We set ourselves an ambitious anniversary target by aiming to increase this amount to £50,000 during 2019 and we were overwhelmed by your support.

Your donations to our Anniversary Appeal totalled more than £20,000, doubling our initial tagret of £10,000 of extra support from individuals during the year. A truly tremendous thank you from everyone at NMC, we are so grateful for the support you've shown us during our 30th Anniversary year and that you show us every year!