The AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, along with the other UK Research Councils, with responsibility for funding research and training in the arts and humanities.
Connected Communities is a multi-million pound research programme, led by the AHRC, designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life. The programme addresses a number of core themes including: health and wellbeing;creative and digital communities; civil society and social innovation; environment and sustainability: heritage; diversity and dissent; participatory arts. The Impact of Festivals’ Professor George McKay is one of two Leadership Fellows who have been appointed to provide intellectual leadership and develop activities within the Connected Communities Programme.
The EFG London Jazz Festival is London’s biggest music festival, organised by Serious; it started in the early 1990s and was born out of the Camden Jazz Festival. The Festival has a reputation for bringing the best and freshest music to the capital, with a wide-ranging programme of concerts, commissions, club events, talks, and an expansive learning and participation programme. Various strands have emerged throughout the Festival including a wealth of vocal talent featuring both established stars and exceptional new talent.
Serious is a producer of live jazz, international & contemporary music, based in London, UK. Serious creates and produces a diverse range of concerts, tours and special events, working with artists and partners from the UK and internationally, including the London Jazz Festival. Serious has a strong focus on learning and participation, offering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in music, and to inspire, engage and learn.