Sound Gallery CIC is a social enterprise, not for profit organisation, founded in September 2007 by a team of driven and experienced musicians, educators and technicians. Sound Gallery is dedicated to the development of original creative works produced by talented musicians and to the provision of music-making, volunteering and training opportunities, especially for young people aged 11-25 who are at risk of social exclusion.

Our principles are: accessibility, equal opportunities, creative learning, originality, talent, passion and innovative, high quality artistic work. Our aim is to nurture and develop musicians and musical projects in Exeter and the surrounding areas.

Sound Gallery aims to become financially self-sustainable by widening its range of potential funding sources to include commercial trading and loan finance as well as grant funding, which has previously been its main source of income as a voluntary organisation. Sound Gallery’s objectives as a social enterprise, are concerned first and foremost with community interest, rather than commercial gain for its members. Part of our profits are invested into the development of the organisation for the benefit of the local community; there is no option for profit sharing to shareholders.

The Company’s principal object is to carry on activities which benefit the community and, in particular, to enable music-making, music education and volunteering activities for young people aged 11 – 25, who are socially or financially disadvantaged and lacking in creative opportunities.

Our Social Objectives include the following: 

  • Increasing opportunities: organising a range of workshops, creative and technical courses and enrichment programmes for disadvantaged and fragile young people living in and around Exeter.

  • Improving Access: helping more local young people to develop skills – personal, social, and vocational – through music-making, especially those whose access to musical opportunities and/or facilities is currently limited due to financial disadvantage, disability or rural isolation. 

  • Encouraging positive social interaction: encouraging young people to interact positively with others in order to reach collective targets and common goals.

  • Fostering a sense of achievement & worth: providing performance and recording opportunities as an integral part of music projects aimed at young people, resulting in a tangible product/collective experience and a sense of pride at what has been achieved.

  • Increasing creativity: providing opportunities for young people to create their own music in a supportive and professional environment whilst nurturing, developing and promoting their music.

  • Furthering education & career progression: providing a wide range of affordable professional and vocational training courses for young people, in multiple aspects of music creation and production. 

  • Encouraging breadth of experience: introducing young people tothe widest possible range of musical styles and cultural traditions in music-making.

  • Providing high-quality services: providing the highest quality of musical experience for young people, in order to encourage enjoyment and further involvement.

  • Developing, celebrating and promoting young people’s achievements: recognising and celebrating young volunteers’ achievements;referring and recommending local musical talent to key industry agencies, promoters, managers, and the local media; providing opportunities for young people to perform at local high-profile venues.

  • Informing and educating the local community about their musical heritage: raising public awareness of creative and original musical works produced by talented local musicians, past and present. 

In furtherance of these objectives, Sound Gallery:

  • Provides access to resources, technology, equipment and information to a community of musicians and local young people. These include a recording studio run by qualified engineers, rehearsal rooms and a computer suite with cutting edge music technology software.

  • Fosters, develops and promotes new and existing talent through live music showcases. 

  • Empowers and sustains struggling artists and helps present their work to the music industry and the local community, through live music showcase events and advice sessions.

  • Provides networking opportunities as stepping stones to further careers, through music industry seminars and demo panels with key industry figures.

  • Provides a work experience and accessibility programme (SiMPTI and Access to SiMPTI) to help young people gain hands-on experience in a professional recording studio and offers careers advice to those who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. We aim to have these programmes accredited by nationally recognised exam boards (Edexcel and AQA).

  • Recruits volunteers to help run their music industry events and live music showcases.

  • Encourages creativity and innovation through collaboration with a skilled team of experts employed to deliver innovative and exciting projects.

  • Attracts new audiences and increase community involvement in local music through artistically stimulating and challenging performances and events.

  • Commissions new works by talented young composers and songwriters.

  • Liaises with arts and music organisations, with a view to collaboration on specific projects.

  • Co-operates with local authorities, educational institutions and arts organisations and presents music industry seminars, masterclasses and events in order to promote better knowledge and more widespread interest about the local and national music industry.


Sound Gallery also aspires to:

  • Establish a local music industry forum made up of local promoters, funders and arts organisations to discuss issues affecting performance opportunities and audience generation, and carry out ongoing research about the local music industry.

  • Play an active role as partner of the Devon Music Education Hub and the Exeter Cultural Partnership and Exeter Arts Council strategy and continue to provide once a lifetime cultural experiences through multi-media projects and events.

  • Help build a vibrant cultural economy in Exeter and provide attractive employment and training opportunities for talented young people in order to enrich the culture and economy of the region.

  • Develop new cross cultural partnerships and expand its range of services nationally and abroad.

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