Brighter Sound is a creative music charity based in Manchester, UK.
We develop the music creators, leaders and industry professionals of the future, with a particular focus on supporting those who are historically and currently underrepresented. Our creative projects, residencies, training and events help people with everything from artistic and career development, to building communities and personal confidence.
Rooted in the North of England with national and international reach, we’ve supported young and emerging musicians for 20 years, working with people from their early years to their early careers – and beyond. Over the last few years we’ve connected our participants with inspirational artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Beth Orton, Nadine Shah, Everything Everything, Anna Meredith, Imogen Heap, Bugzy Malone and Snarky Puppy.
- Children and young people – we deliver a broad programme of grassroots music making opportunities for children and young people, supporting inclusive music making as a founder organisation of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England
- Emerging artists – we empower musicians to achieve their artistic potential, and equip them with the skills, experiences and contacts needed to build a sustainable career. We’re one of 49 organisations across the UK working at the frontline of talent development as a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner
- Gender equality – we’ve been working to support women and people from marginalised genders since 2013, most recently through our Both Sides Now initiative which includes artistic development, education resources and a programme of leadership development for industry professionals
- Commissions and special events – recent commissions include The Hexagon Experiment (Great Exhibition of the North 2018) and Manchester Hill Remembered (in partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Histories)
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