The mission of the WOMAD foundation is to create opportunities for cultural exchange and learning. We strive to bring the arts of different cultures to the widest possible audience by developing arts education and creative learning projects. Over the past 30 years our work has benefited over 200,000 people worldwide.

WOMAD Foundation Project Funding

The WOMAD Foundation continues to support projects and this year the Foundation is particularly interested in receiving applications for project funding  that aim to support and work with groups that have been disproportionally affected by COVID 19, where the arts bring people together, to enrich lives and to change perceptions.

We welcome applications from groups that work with older people, adults and children with special needs, BAME communities, asylum seekers and migrants, people living and working in prisons, hospitals, social care establishments and schools with a high rate of eligibility for free school meals.

Project Funding applications are currently closed.

Past Projects

Sounding Bath: Forest of imagination

The Forest of Imagination created the ‘Sounding Bath Project’ in Bath June 2019.  This project was a collaboration between the composer Stevie Wishart and researcher Richard White which enabled people to engage with interactive sound-making on a guided walk through Bath.

Music for Wellness

Music for Wellness delivered six workshops at Davidson’s Mains Primary School in Edinburgh, featuring refugee musicians from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Chile. 

Music Action International

WOMAD Foundation funding was used to deliver Harmonise – a national schools programme inspiring empathy between refugees and children from all backgrounds , improving wellbeing and fostering understanding.

AMJ and Toto La Momposina: Musical Adventure

The Foundation is proud to have supported an inspiring project organised by Astar Artes which is a collaboration between Toto La Momposina, AMJ Collective and Bristol schools, based at May Park Primary School.