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Grassroots Music Project launches with National Lottery funding

Good Beast band who will be playing at Sandy Hill Arts

Sandy Hill Arts is set to amplify its presence in the Purbeck community after receiving an Arts Council England National Lottery grant. The award will fuel the launch of an innovative grassroots music project, aimed at deepening community engagement, broadening access to diverse, high-quality music, and inspiring local musical talent.

The Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant is a lifeline for organisations like Sandy Hill Arts. It enables them to deliver impactful projects for the benefit of local communities. This funding will bolster a diverse roster of musical events and projects, all executed in collaboration with community partners. It will also facilitate the purchase of a large marquee and PA system, critical for staging these performances.

We strongly believe in the transformative power of music; this kind of support helps us develop into a go-to venue for different kinds of music, drawing talent from far and wide, while also supporting up-and-coming local musicians. We are very excited to launch this project with a performance by psychedelic rock band The Good Beast and the Big Byrd on 25 June, followed by experimental musician Plumm on 22 July. We are firming up dates for more performances as we speak

Laurel Hart, Artistic Director at Sandy Hill Arts

Hart emphasised the transformative power of music and how this funding will help Sandy Hill Arts evolve into a go-to venue, attracting talent from all corners while also supporting rising local artists. The project kickstarts with a performance by psychedelic rock band The Good Beast and the Big Byrd on 25 June, followed by experimental musician Plumm on 22 July. More dates are being confirmed for future performances.

The funding will be instrumental in helping us cultivate a dynamic and inclusive space for musical talent and fuel a growing, vibrant local music scene. We are also delighted to be delivering local projects including AllSort’d, the Dementia Choir, Safe Space, and Jazz Masterclass that engage and benefit our local communities. It’s the beginning of our journey but in time we hope to create a lasting impact on the cultural fabric of our region.

Laurel Hart, Artistic Director at Sandy Hill Arts
Performance by John Hegley ‘Biscuit of Destiny’

We are so grateful to the Arts Council for this crucial funding. It will enable us to bring more diverse, top quality music to Sandy Hill Arts from far afield as well as support and nurture new local talent. It will also bring life and colour to the local community. This grant will enable us to purchase a marquee and sound equipment and will allow to extend our programme throughout the year. It’s an exciting and highly creative time for the arts in Purbeck, Dorset.

Melissa Viney, Chair of Trustees at Sandy Hill Arts

Stay tuned to the Sandy Hill Arts website for upcoming announcements and events relating to this project. The website will also provide details on how to book tickets for these performances.

Sandy Hill Arts is an organisation dedicated to promoting the arts in Purbeck. It offers a varied range of programming, including live music, performing arts, exhibitions, workshops, and outreach initiatives. Its mission is to enrich the local artistic landscape and engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

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