Skip to navigation Skip to main content

ACE launch new fund to support artistic ambition, talent & excellence

1st June 2015

Ambition for excellence is a £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.

It aims to contribute to the development of strong cultural places; to grow and develop talent and leadership in the regions and across artforms; give an international dimension to excellent work, and create the highest quality new work including for outdoor and festival contexts.

Ambition for excellence will support the creation of work for major national moments that build on the legacy of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, enabling organisations to reach international and national audiences.

Our expectation is that 80-90 per cent of this fund will be committed outside London, to support the Arts Council’s intent to ensure that a minimum of 75 per cent of Lottery funding is committed outside the capital by 2018.

Read more on the Arts Council England website


We work to positively influence thinking, policy & practice.


Music Mark works to influence thinking by sharing ideas and undertaking research

Learn More


Music Mark works to shape and share the decisions that need to be made by policy makers

Learn More


Music Mark recognises the need for music educators to source and share ideas with each other

Learn More


We facilitate CPD, build communities & share best practice.


We connect our members to the wider music education sector.