This week marks the official launch of a new charity to support people across Sheffield in memory of Tramlines director, Sarah Nulty.
The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation provides grant funding to community groups, schools and socially and economically disadvantaged people to access the transformative power of music.
From funding music therapy for community groups and grants to purchase instruments to enabling people to access online music classes throughout lockdown, The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation aims to spread happiness, through music.
Headed up by Sarah’s mum Julie Voisey, the Charity’s trustees include Sarah’s family members and friends.
Julie said: “Since we lost Sarah, we have been overwhelmed by the way her friends and the people across the city came together to support local charities in her memory. In creating the Power of Music Foundation, we hope to spread happiness and joy throughout Sheffield in a new way. We know that music has the ability to improve people’s mental wellbeing and in these very difficult times, I truly hope we can make a difference to people’s lives.
“Music was such an enormous part of Sarah’s life and something so close to her heart. This feels like the right way to remember her.”
Speaking about the Foundation’s grant funding launch, Julia Waldron, Development Manager from Under The Stars, the arts and events charity for people with learning disabilities, said: “Sarah was a passionate supporter of Under The Stars, she gave our artists exposure on prominent stages they are often excluded from. This fund will give lots more people with a disability in Sheffield opportunities in music that would otherwise be unavailable. We are really looking forward to working with the Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation in the future.”
Trustee Julie Voisey added: “The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation is now open for grant applications from charities, community groups and individuals across Sheffield. We support people of any age in the city who are socially or economically disadvantaged, and we work with individuals and organisations helping people with disabilities and complex needs, with children and schools, and with anyone experiencing hardship.
“From funding music lessons to purchasing musical equipment and everything in between, we’re open to helping people to experience the power and joy that music can bring in whatever way that works for them.”
Individuals and businesses across Sheffield can support by making regular or one-off donations via TotalGiving and by purchasing a range of limited-edition merchandise.
In the Foundation’s shop online at www.thesarahnultypowerofmusicfoundation.co.uk, supporters can buy the iconic ‘Be More Nulty’ t-shirts as well as tote bags with an exclusive new design to represent the charity’s new beginnings. Tote bags are also now on sale with all proceeds going directly to the Foundation.
Supporting organisations are invited to apply for the Power of Music Foundation’s first round of grant funding by visiting the Foundation’s website. Individual grants of up to around £300 will be considered and might be used to:
· Support children and adults to develop their musical talents by funding music lessons, clubs, instruments, and live music events
· Fund music therapies and musical experiences for people in the community; through groups supporting children and families experiencing hardship, people with disabilities, asylum seeker and refugee groups and similar
· Sponsor a school’s music room, by purchasing musical instruments and equipment, so children of all backgrounds and abilities can learn to play
· Provide funds for existing charitable groups to provide music-based activities and therapies for the people they support
For more information on The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation, how to get involved, donate or sponsor, contact Julie Voisey at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the website at www.thesarahnultypowerofmusicfoundation.co.uk.