The current situation
The current pandemic has made the funding situation extremely challenging and many of the grant-giving organisations on which we usually rely have diverted funds to crisis support or have suspended their funds completely. Lately, however, we are delighted that we have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England’s newly reopened Project Grants and also grants from the Sussex Community Foundation and The Champniss Foundation. These awards will support only a proportion of the costs of our BREMF@home project but will enable us to increase our reach to young artists, schools and vulnerable communities during these times of hardship and uncertainty.
Here at BREMF, we have used these extraordinary circumstances as an opportunity to explore new ways to reach audiences across the globe. By producing an online festival this year, we are opening BREMF to the whole earth. Please support us in any way you can, and wherever you live by joining our Friends Scheme, sponsoring a particular project or by making a donation.
Become a Festival Friend
Become a member of the BREMF international family as a Festival Friend and keep BREMF alive. This year’s digital festival will be available to all, and in the future we also aim to provide a number of high quality online events.
For greater clarity we have decided to rename the different levels of the BREMF Friends scheme, and to allow for a more flexible donation within each level. The scheme still keeps its original shape and operates as an annual subscription. Most funders will not support our core running costs, so this type of flexible support is vital.
Range of Friend benefits
The benefits you receive will depend on the level of membership you choose. As the safety of meeting in groups is still uncertain, benefits will need to be based online. However, this does have the advantage of being open to those not living in the vicinity of Brighton.
- Bronze Friend (formerly Friend) from £35 upwards
- Silver Friend (formerly Supporter) from £85 upwards
- Gold Friend (formerly Contributor) from £150 upwards
- Platinum Friend (formerly Premium Contributor) from £250 upwards
- Guardian Angel (formerly Artistic Director’s Circle) from £500 upwards
BREMF Sponsorship Scheme
Make a donation for a specific activity through our BREMF Sponsorship Scheme.
Our Festival Sponsorship Scheme runs alongside our Friends membership scheme, and allows you to support the areas that interest you most. With no live events possible this year our focus has had to change, but the three main areas for sponsorship remain.
support the production of specific online programmes: artists’ fees, filming and recording, animation, photography etc.
support the production of high-quality online materials for use in the classroom, which will be designed in partnership with our artists and schools.
Young Artist Sponsor:
support our BREMF Live! alumni to develop much-needed digital skills and experience. Our online support will include mentoring and seminars to enable young artists to adapt to the post-COVID world.
We would like to thank all those who have generously supported the festival over the years. Without your help, Brighton Early Music Festival could not continue to bring top quality artists to Brighton. Thank you!
We also remember Vivienne Carter, Alex Bruce and Tom Clemens whose legacy donations continue to enable the work of the festival and who are fondly remembered by all of us at BREMF.
Find out how you can fund the future of Early Music by remembering BREMF with a gift in your Will.