ACE dance and music receive £150,000 funding boost from Arts Council England

Last week, it was announced by Arts Council England that Birmingham-based contemporary dance company, ACE dance and music, has received £150,000 in funding as part of the ‘Catalyst Evolve’ programme, a £1.6 million investment in arts and cultural organisations across the West Midlands. 

Catalyst Evolve is aimed at supporting organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to attract more private giving, with the intention of creating a more sustainable and resilient arts and culture sector.

The news comes at an exciting time for ACE dance and music, who will embark on their tenth UK and international tour, TEN.

Established nearly twenty years ACE dance and music is a black-led English dance company, with an excellent reputation for being a leading national and international contributor to the growth and evolution of a vibrant and uniquely British contemporary dance aesthetic rooted in African and Caribbean culture.

ACE youth, the organisation’s youth dance company, nurtures the next generation of professional dancers and choreographers and has recently returned from a successful dance exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands with African performing arts company, Untold.

The company’s long-term international partnerships and collaborations enrich its contribution to the English and British dance scene.  This includes professional touring shows, youth dance training and performance, master classes and community outreach.  ACE enjoys long-standing collaborations with a number of national and international choreographers including Jose Agudo, who has returned to develop TEN alongside ACE’s Artistic Director, Gail Parmel, following the 2015 sell-out tour of MANA.

Located in ACE SPACE, a newly refurbished, spacious and flexible multi-purpose dance studio in Birmingham’s cultural quarter, ACE dance and music makes new work, delivers class and youth dance programs, curates events, offers affordable hires to local, national and international companies.

Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve funding enables ACE dance and music to further develop the company’s creative and economic capabilities, its artistic excellence and organisational ambitions.

ACE dance and music’s Artistic Director, Gail Parmel, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to be a recipient of the funding from Catalyst Evolve.

“ACE now has the opportunity to develop and diversify its fundraising, support organisational change and create a cultural change that will ensure our ability to build on and share more widely what we do best as an artistically driven organisation which makes a difference in all the communities we touch.

“We are grateful for this mark of recognition from Arts Council England and we look forward to continuing the wonderful work we do in nurturing the artistic development of dance makers, children and young people.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Across the Midlands, arts and cultural organisations are working hard to secure alternative sources of income, which is why we launched our Catalyst Evolve programme to help support and develop long-term fundraising plans. Over the coming years, I’m looking forward to seeing how our match funding can make a real impact locally, delivering greater returns and helping our region’s world-class arts and culture continue to thrive.”

ACE dance and music’s tenth dance production, TEN, will premiere at mac Birmingham on November 4th 2016 before touring theatres nationally and internationally.  

For more details about ACE dance and music, please contact or call 0121 314 5830