Awards & Funded Programmes

2017-2019: Sound Gallery CIC is proud to be delivery partners in the #Focus5 project which is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. This project aims to help some of the South West’s most vulnerable young people to make positive steps towards education, employment and training. #Focus5 project provides bespoke support to young people aged 15-18 across the South West who are unemployed or out of education but who demonstrate a genuine desire to change their lives for the better. 

Sound Gallery’s Access to SiMPTI (Standards in Music Production Technology and Industry) programme is designed to provide music-making activities for young people who are 'at risk of social exclusion'. As part of this programme, Sound Gallery provides music-making activities for young people who are 15-18 years old, live in Devon, are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) and helps them regain their confidence and make a positive change in their lives. Sound Gallery's Access to SiMPTI programme uses music as a means of re-engaging young people with the world and teaches them social and work related skills in order to increase their confidence, improve their chances of reaching their full potential and increase their chances of finding employment.

Our programme includes the following activities:

- Recording Studio Experiences
- Music Technology Courses
- Audio recording and music production courses
- Advice sessions on pathways and careers in the music industry
- Social Media for the Modern Musician sessions
- Portfolio, CV and presentation skills

Positive People programme

We are pleased to announce that Sound Gallery CIC has been invited by Cosmic to be a specialist provider in the Positive People programme. The new programme, called ‘PositivePeople’, will help over 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50 and will provide support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology, and preparation for work including job search. Sound Gallery’s provision will focus on music provision and will cover the following areas: Music Technology, Electronic Music Production, Digital Music Production and Ableton live workshops, Recording Studio Experiences, Pathways and Careers in the music industry, Music Industry advice sessions and Social Media for the Modern Musician.


2017: Sound Gallery is in partnership with Exeter College Music Academy as a delivery partner in their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology and HND in Creative Musicianship & Music Production courses.

2017-2018: 'TAPS project' funded by Small Grant Fund, DYS Space Ltd. TAPS (The Alternative Play Station) is a music technology station designed to provide access to digital music software and incorporate state of the art music technology with acoustic and analogue instruments. The project offers creative opportunities for young people through the medium of music technology with an aim to increase creativity, social skills and innovation and to give young people a ‘voice’ to express themselves and help them raise their confidence and aspirations. This project will 'open the TAPS' to creativity and new opportunities for young people who have a passion for music and wish to expand their skills and discover new possibilities in music creation and the music industry in general.

2016-2017: Devon Community Foundation, The Wace Family Fund for the Access to SiMPTI programme.


2015-2016: Exeter City Council Arts Core funding in recognition of Sound Gallery's contribution to the arts and education in the city.


2015: Passport to Export programme by the UK Trade and Investment, which aims to help expand our business and projects abroad including a visit to Berlin to deliver Music Production Masterclass and Live Demo at dBs Music. 


Jan-Dec 2015: Sound Gallery is one our of 21 local partners across the UK that have been chosen to deliver the Employability Support Programme which is supported by The National Youth Agency and Barclays Bank Community Investment team. The aim of this programme is to support existing projects that improve the employability of some of our most disadvantaged and hard to reach young people and essentially improving young people’s options, opportunities and aspirations for employment through building their employability skills. The project is hugely aspirational, aiming to benefit 100,000 young people aged 14-25 years.  


2012-2015: Exeter Board Community Award grant in support of the Access to SiMPTI programme.


2014: Breakthrough activity Diasi Soundwaves Project (supported by Youth Music) grant for Access to SiMPTI pilot project. This new project will aim to set up new partnerships and will seek to encourage children in challenging circumstances to take part in quality, sustainable and progressive music activities in order to increase confidence and teach new skills through a range of recording studio experiences and music technology workshops.


2013: Access to SiMPTI pilot project was also supported by The Hele's Educational Trust and the Gibbons Family Trust. 


2013: Exeter City Council support for Sound Gallery's 5th Analogue to Digital Music Expo.


Arts Council England (ACE) grant for the 5th Analogue to Digital Music Expo. This annual event aims to raise the profile of the city and provide invaluable networking opportunities for musicians through music industry seminars, masterclasses and live performances.


2012: Sound Gallery was nominated finalist as part of the Express & Echo Business Awards in the Best Creative Business category. 


Sound Gallery completed a project for young people with learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder in association with CEDA supported by Daisi Soundwaves breakthrough extension project.


Sound Gallery was nominated finalist as part of the National Science and Engineering Awards Week (Community category) in March 2012 by the British Science Association


2011-2012: Awards for All 
Grant for Sound Gallery's work experience programme, our new training programme for disadvantaged young people living in Exeter


PRS for Music Foundation
 support towards a new music commission by hungersleep and a range of innovative music technology & APPS workshops as part of the Analogue to Digital Music Expo 2012 



2008-2011: The Youth Volunteering Charity awards Sound Gallery £120,000 to run a three year programme of volunteering opportunities in the music industry for young people aged 16-25 as part of the Vinvolved nationwide programme.


2008-2011: PRSFoundation for New Music funding for new music live showcases


Sound Gallery CIC has been awarded the Reach Achieved Certificate by the Youth Action Network which is a quality practice framework for organisations doing youth-led volunteering. It reflects our focus on good practice involving young volunteers as well as having the right policies in place for working with young people.


The PRS Foundation for New Music, the UK's only independent funder of new music across all genres, has supported Sound Gallery's live music showcases (PHOENIXSOUNDS) from July 2007-July 2008 and The Analogue to Digital Music Expo in 2009 & 2010. 

In 2009, Sound Gallery received support from The Co-operative Membership Community Fund to run music enrichment programmes for young people (11-18yrs) under the umbrella of Exeter Rising Artists. The programme had 3 strands: Form A band, Sing It and Digital Sounds. 

 The Devon Community Foundation's Local Network Fund and Awards for All supported the Exeter Rising Artists (ERA) programme in 2007 and the ADDER programme in 2008.  


Arts & Business: After being granted an award for the State of the Arts event, Sound Gallery were invited to The Barbican for cocktails, awards and a performance by the London Symphonic Orchestra in April 2007. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Arts & Business and sponsored by Gordons Gin amongst many others. This networking celebration was extremely inspiring. 2000 artists and businesses met and were pampered by the A & B team.

UNLtd invited Sound Gallery to a networking lunch for social entrepeneurs at the Glass boat restaurant in Bristol, to discuss the COBRA (City of Bristol Rising Artists) music enrichment project.


Other Supporters

Youth Opportunities Fund, Co-operative Membership Community Group, O2,  Devon Community Foundation (Local Network Fund & Positive Steps Fund), UnLtd,  [email protected], Gemini FM, Margaret Pike Charity, City of Bristol College, Aim Higher.

Sound Gallery is Learning partner under the Share & Learn Scheme



Sound On Sound, the world's best recording technology magazine were Official Media sponsors for the A2D Music Expo 2012.

Mansons Guitar Shop is one of the most experienced independent guitar stores in the world and enjoys a world wide reputation through it's extensive guitar exclusive facilities and international client base including Led Zeppelin, Muse, Yes, Seth Lakeman, Joe Bonamassa and more. Mansons Guitar Shop provide backline equipment for Sound Gallery's studio spaces in association with Fender.

Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide. Legendary Fender instruments such as the Telecaster® and Stratocaster® guitars and Precision® and Jazz® bass guitars are universally acclaimed as design classics that embody the best of form and function; of style and substance; of muscle and finesse.

Exeter College Music Academy:  Sound Gallery is in partnership with Exeter College Music Academy as a delivery partner in their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology and HND in Creative Musicianship & Music Production courses.

We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with Super Audio Mastering, established by legendary Mastering Engineer Simon Heyworth, to help deliver a new range of the highest quality Mastering and Stem Mixing services.

Integrity Records: independent record label founded in 1994 specialising in the indie, rock, punk, alternative genres which support Sound Gallery's SiMPTI work experience programme, Access to SiMPTI social inclusion programme and the Analogue to Digital Music Expo with seminars and talks.

Time + Space: a place where recording artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, DJs and recording studios can find all the sound material they need to create demos, records, remixes, commercials, jingles and soundtracks, Time + Space have kindly donated in-kind support towards Sound Gallery's SiMPTI work experience programme for young people aged 14-18 years through workshops, masterclasses and staff training sessions.

hungersleep records: indie record label and music production company that works with talented musicians, composers and producers to create artistically and musically challenging work. hungersleep records offers a label, music library and in-house production services through Sound Gallery Studios.

Exeter City Councilhas supported the initial stages of Sound Gallery Studios and basement redevelopment and has supported the Analogue to Digital Music Expo in 2012 & 2014. 

Exeter Phoenix: multi-artform venue home to art galleries, a theatre, gig spaces, art studios, dance studios, a cinema, film production resources and more, also housing Sound Gallery Studios, PhonicFM and Double Elephant print studio in the lower ground floor.

PhonicFM106.8: Situated next door to Sound Gallery Studios, PhonicFM 106.8 is an independent community radio station, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tune in to listen to Sound Gallery's very own show, The Underground, last Monday of the month 10pm-midnight featuring live sessions from our studios and interviews with special guests.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum: Exeter's largest museum, with a diverse range of collections and educational facilities. RAMM is an exquisite jewel box of a building and one of the most appealing treasures in Britain and houses the Vincenzo Sodi harpsichord built in 1782 in Florence. Sound Gallery have recorded each individual note of this unique instrument and have developed a digital keyboard in order to restore and pass on to new generations its unique sound: Virtual Vincenzo.

Benefactors & Honorary Members

Sound Gallery wishes to thank:

C. J. Peters for his support and faith in our cause.

Elisabeth Peters for her support towards the SiMPTI bursary scheme.

Jo Gedrych for his enthusiasm, expertise and encouragement.

Marie Belsten  for her dedication and contribution to our social objectives.

Micheline Dewdney for her support towards the SiMPTI bursary scheme.      

Jo Jamieson: funding angel, for her support, positivity and expertise 

Sound Gallery are proud supporters of WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation which aims to provide access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.