Over summer 2022, Historic England will bring music to the high street. We want to bring places together to help people feel pride in their high street. Through a series of commissions, new music will be created that celebrates the high street and encourages people to spend time there by capturing what is unique about the heritage and culture of 6-10 High Street Heritage Action Zones. The new musical outputs will be performed on the high streets, potentially coinciding with a national event such as Make Music Day or National High Streets Day (details/dates TBC). The musical outputs will be recorded and held on a platform such as Sound Cloud, to be made available online via partner and/or Historic England’s websites.
The High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) Programme is a nationwide scheme designed to secure lasting improvements to our historic high streets for the communities who use them. It is Government funded and run by Historic England.
The High Street HAZ Cultural Programme, co-funded with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by Arts Council England, has been put in place to support this scheme. Read more about the High Street HAZ here and see the landing page for our cultural programme for more information. Alongside local projects, Historic England is curating a National Commissioning Programme that will engage with artists and creatives to help bring a diverse set of places together.
Historic England is looking to work with a national organisation or consortia with a national network who are experienced in co-creating musical projects and content that are rooted in local people and their stories and has experience of successful youth engagement. Applicants should have worked with musical projects before and be able to coordinate the delivery of 6-10 musical projects dispersed across the country.
Budget of up to £100,000 excluding VAT to manage, develop, deliver and evaluate 6-10 musical projects.