New music charity launched in memory of Sheffield Tramlines' Sarah Nulty – here's how you can apply for grants

A new charity that will help more people in Sheffield get involved with music has been launched as a tribute to the late Tramlines festival director Sarah Nulty.
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The event’s co-founder, who died of cancer aged 36 in 2018 just weeks before the festival held its 10th edition, is being remembered through the Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation, which will provide grant funding to community groups, schools, and socially and economically disadvantaged children and adults.

Funds will be used to pay for music therapy, to buy instruments, to offer access to online music classes during lockdown, and ‘everything in between’, the organisation says.

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Applications are now open for individual grants of up to around £300.

Tramlines director Sarah Nulty at Hillsborough Park. Picture: Chris Etchells.Tramlines director Sarah Nulty at Hillsborough Park. Picture: Chris Etchells.
Tramlines director Sarah Nulty at Hillsborough Park. Picture: Chris Etchells.

Led 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.

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“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.”

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She added: “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.

“We’re open to helping people to experience the power and joy that music can bring in whatever way that works for them.”

Supporters can make donations via TotalGiving, and by purchasing a range of limited edition merchandise such as T-shirts and tote bags.

Sarah was a supporter of Under The Stars, the Sheffield-based arts and events charity for people with learning disabilities. Its development manager, Julia Waldron, said: “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.”

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