We believe in working in partnership with local communities. We focus on cultural infrastructure development and place-making projects. Then we curate relevant accessible music programming that appeals to both local and national audiences.
We help the creative sector develop stronger ties with public space. In this way, both sectors can help sustain each other.
Churches have been spaces for performance for thousands of years. Many still seek to be the centre of their communities. Few have the tools they need, though. So, through customised engagement programs, we co-curate these spaces with them.
Our projects vary widely. From in-depth infrastructure development projects – installing sound and lighting systems and developing their production offer, to more classic arts curation. We also partner with organisations to help identify funding opportunities for projects.
Develop Our engineers design custom production systems that work in various spaces. We consult with decision-making boards and PCC’s. We spec and sensitively install equipment, adhering to the delicate requirements of historical buildings.
Curate We plan music programmes with an international appeal, and a rich diversity and spread of music. We work with all the major promoters, booking music from all over the world. What’s more, we curate with local audiences. So the community feels invested in the offer.
Engage We map local genre interests and cultural connections. We co-create our programme wherever possible. This puts the community front and centre in the artistic direction of events. We feel it’s vital that community groups feel a sense of belonging to space.
How do we achieve this?
We develop spaces, curate arts programs and engage audiences and work with clients in all or some of these activities. We install sound and lighting systems to equip community spaces to be used well. We then co-create and run community art programmes in these spaces.
Our community engagement projects connect with local audiences, appealing to the many.
We’re interested in the places which are the centre of our communities. These spaces are of course for social support, public information, and group activities but they are also essential in providing opportunities for us to experience each other’s cultures. And we specialise in using music as the catalyst for these endeavours.
We are passionate about helping realise the full value in these spaces. Our offer is to work within these social and civic buildings to build cultural infrastructure, grow diverse audiences and democratise these centres of community inclusion.
The Sky is Full of Gold
In the summer of 2021, we worked with the Waltham Forest Tamil Sangam to curate an exceptional audiovisual art piece with local artist Jude Greenaway. Jude had been responsible for masterminding the projections onto the town hall as part of the London Borough of Culture opening ceremony in 2019. They set up their RAAGAAS group in 1993 to share the Tamil culture through music within the community and to the wider public. Music Hall had spent a few years developing a good working relationship with the local Tamil Sangam.
Ifa Band – Street Rumba from Tanzania
These guys play a wonderful blend of Rumba, live acoustic Bongo Flava and well any other genre you wish them to play. The band are known for playing very well attended street parties in Dar es Salaam and this year are set to play Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar. Music Halls recorded an EP with them recently of which will be released soon. So enjoy this preview and watch out for the EP coming soon.
Showcasing a selection of our featured artists
Through our partnerships we are constantly encouraged to see:
- More connected communities around shared public space
- World-class arts programming co-curated by the local community
- Sustainable business models for both the arts sector and public spaces