Oxford Contemporary Music

Oxford Contemporary Music

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


OCM is a small arts charity based in Oxford with a nationwide reach. Our beneficiaries are the general public including young people as audiences, volunteers and participants and artists working in music and combined arts. In 2015/16 over 30000 people experience our work and 147 young people participated in our education projects. We have 4 Associate Artists, commission 4 new artistic projects a year, and give annual development support to 4 mid-career artists to enable them to realise exciting and ambitious artistic projects. 

We specialise in presenting and producing new music and sound based events for the public, often outdoors or in unusual spaces and with the aim to bring artists and audiences together in ways that create memorable and meaningful experiences for all.

“OCM events are always surprising, challenging & warm with delight. I always leave feeling smarter and aglow” audience member

“OCM are particularly inviting and straightforward to work; you always offer excellent support, amazing problem-solving skills, and ways of making projects feel more manageable - all key things when living and working with my particular impairment.” OCM Associate

“Tyra has been inspired to do more music and will be asking if she can do the keyboards at school” keyworker at East Oxford Early Intervention Hub


OCM aims to meet its objectives by:

  • Supporting artists in their creative development
  • Forging inspiring partnerships that cross conventional boundaries within music, the arts and beyond the arts.
  • Presenting work in the UK and abroad
  • Developing innovative approaches to presentation and interaction
  • Developing participatory projects with schools and community groups that nurture skills and offer personal fulfilment.    

We present a series of world class concerts across Oxford in many musical genres as well as develop new work of various scales, some touring around the UK. We work with a variety of partners to interact with audiences and young people who don't naturally have access to the arts. 

OCM past projects include Powerplant, still touring internationally after 12 years, Furious Folly touring the UK as part of the 14-18NOW national programme, Siren and Chorus by Ray Lee and Nothing is Set in Stone by Mira Calix as part of the London's Cultural Olympiad programme. 


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