Welcome to Sound Gallery

Sound Gallery Studios is a professional recording studio with professional recording, mixing and mastering facilities and rehearsal spaces run by social enterprise Sound Gallery CIC at Exeter Phoenix in the cultural heart of the city. Sound Gallery CIC a social enterprise, community interest company with charitable intentions, founded in 2007 by a team of driven and experienced musicians, educators and technicians. Built in 2008 and renovated in 2010, Sound Gallery Studios offers a wide range of integrated recording solutions (ProTools and Logic Pro systems), rehearsal and workshop spaces for artist development and an education iMac suite from which we deliver our music technology courses, work experience and accessibility programmes: SiMPTI and Access to SiMPTI. Sound Gallery hosts the Analogue to Digital Music Expo and a range of masterclasses, seminars and talks with special guests and music industry experts.  

Our Vision

To nurture and develop musicians and musical projects in Exeter and the surrounding areas.

Our Mission

Sound Gallery is dedicated to the development of original creative works produced by talented musicians and to the provision of music-making and training opportunities, especially for young people aged 12-25 years who are at risk of social exclusion.

Our Theory of Change

We provide music-making and training opportunities in a professional environment for young people who live in challenging circumstances, which build up their confidence and improve their life skills. This increases their employability and opportunities to reach their full potential in life.

Our Social Objectives

Sound Gallery's principal objective is to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular, to enable music-making, music education, training and volunteering opportunities for young people aged 12-25 who are socially or financially disadvantaged and lacking in creative opportunities. Our Social Objectives can be found here.  


Sound Gallery was originally founded as a not for profit organisation in 2000 by social entrepreneur and musician Grice (Jim) Peters with support from the Elmgrant Trust and Lord Young (founder of Open University). This new venture gained momentum and attracted a team of volunteers and freelance musicians who channelled their enthusiasm and talents into organising small festivals, live music showcases, music enrichment programmes, multi-media projects and happenings in Exeter, Bath and Bristol. These key people are now valuable staff members and Directors of Sound Gallery CIC and as a result of their passion and dedication our organisation has forged strong links with the music industry, high profile musicians, arts organisations, businesses, schools, colleges, local authorities and our local community of musicians and music professionals.

Choose Sound Gallery - Support your local social enterprise

  • By choosing to use Sound Gallery Studios, you are making a contribution to our social objectives and you are playing a part in changing lives and putting something back in the community. 
  • We employ professional sound engineers and producers with many years experience in the music industry, who are also approachable, friendly and fun to work with. 
  • We have high standards, acoustically designed rooms and high-end equipment which means that we deliver professionally sounding recordings which will help musicians to get noticed in the music industry. 
  • We have our unique links with the music industry through the Analogue to Digital Music Expo that we host in Exeter every year. 
  • We offer competitive rates and concessions where possible without compromising results. 
  • Sound Gallery is founded and run by musicians and artists who love music and are passionate about what they do.

Over the past 10 years we have worked with:

Arts & Youth Organisations:
ASDAN, Academy of Music and Sound, Exeter Phoenix, Phoenix Digital, tEXt Festival, FSOE, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Spacex Gallery, MOP, CRAMP, Vibraphonic Festival, PhonicFM, Exeter Autumn Festival, Exeter Respect Festival, Exeter Festival Chorus, Exeter Children’s Orchestra, First Light, Exeter Youth Offending Team, Exeter Primary Care Trust, Connexions, The IVY Project, The Courage to Sing, Soundwaves Music Project, Daisy, Animated Exeter, Musicbird, Interwoven Productions, National Youth Agency, Participation Works, Arts & Business, Exeter City Council, Arts Council England, Awards for All, PRSFoundation for New Music, The National Youth Agency and more.

City of Bristol College, ISCA, Magdalene Court School, QE Community College, West Exe School, Weston College, West of England College, Exeter College, Honiton Community College, St Peter's School (Exeter), St James School (Exeter), Colyton Grammar school, Tiverton High school, The Kings School (Ottery St Mary), Okehampton College, Honiton Community College, Kind Edward Community College (Totnes), South Dartmoor Community College, Plymouth College, Sidmouth College, QE College (Crediton), Harwich & Dovercourt High School (Essex), Malborough College (Wiltshire), Courfields Community School, Academy of Music & Sound (Exeter), Rockschool, Trinity Pop & Rock Exams and more.

Music Industry:
Exeter Music Industry Group, South West Music Industry Forum, Musicians Union, BBC, CBBC, Sound On Sound, Time+Space, 2twenty2 Agency, Native Instruments, Yamaha Music, Super Audio Mastering, Integrity Records.

Local Businesses:
Mansons Guitars, Reform Records, Musicroom, Project Music, Broom Reid & Harris, Thistle Hotel, The Oddfellows, The Cavern Club, Timepeace and more.

Policies & Procedures

Sound Gallery has a full complement of policies and procedures covering all aspects of our work, including Child Protection Policy, Health and Safety, Quality Assurance, Equal Opportunities, Confidentiality and Data protection policies. Sound Gallery has been inspected by the Devon County Council under the Devon Education Business Partnership Work Experience scheme for the last 7 years on a regular basis and has obtained a certificate of approval. Sound Gallery CIC is also Reach Achieved. This certificate has been awarded by the Youth Action network and reflects our focus on good practice involving volunteers as well as having all policies required in place.