Sound Gallery Studios
making sound underground …
Sound Gallery was originally founded in 2000 as a not for profit organisation by London born singer-songwriter and social entrepreneur Grice (Jim) Peters with support from the Elmgrant Trust and Lord Young (Open University). This new venture gained momentum and attracted a dedicated and passionate team of musicians and friends including Marie Belsten (CRAMP), Jez Taylor (Playback Theatre), Paul Bateman (Jackdaw Music), Alexander Marchant (Veil Cassini), Aleksis Gailans, Maria Peters and Jo Gedrych who channelled their enthusiasm and talents into organising small festivals, live music showcases (Phoenixsounds), music enrichment programmes for young people (COBRA, ERA, Moonmaths), multi-media events and projects (Virtual Vincenzo, New Works for Lost Voices) and music industry networking events and happenings (State of the Arts, Analogue to Digital Music Expo).
In 2007 Sound Gallery became a community interest company and in 2008, after securing a 3-year grant from the National Youth Volunteering Charity (Vinvolved project), Sound Gallery CIC took up residence in the basement at Exeter Phoenix where the team refurbished the new premises into a professional recording studio with support from Exeter Phoenix and ECC.
As a result of the passion and dedication of these individuals, Sound Gallery has provided professional audio recording services and state-of-the art facilities for musicians and young people to help them create original musical works and to reach new audiences. We have forged strong links with the music industry, arts organisations, businesses, schools, colleges, local authorities and our local community of musicians and music industry professionals.
During lockdown and as a result of our team’s resolve to survive amidst the devastating impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the music industry, Sound Gallery managed to secure funding from the Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund, Devon Community Foundation, Arts Council England (Emergency Response Fund & Culture Recovery Fund) and the UK Youth Fund-Covid Resilience (UK Youth & Julia & Hans Rausing Trust) to help us to continue to offer creative & training opportunities for musicians and young people.
We look forward to the future and we remain inspired and positive for the present, continuing to make music and helping others realise their musical dreams.