Sounding Out: Make it Happen

Sounding Out: Make it Happen
Saturday 8th November
The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Produced by: 
Sound and Music

Sounding Out: Make it Happen is a symposium on the theme of fundraising. 

Ranging from practical tips for the writing of successful funding applications, to hearing from artists, producers and programmers about the changing landscape of arts funding and their own stories and thoughts about what works and what doesn't. 

Panel discussions will take place on the following themes:

  • DIY approaches to fundraising/financing work (speakers include: Lisa Meyer - Capsule; Andy Abbott - musician/artist/writer, and Sam Underwood - sound artist and musicial instrument maker)
  • Trust and Foundations (speakers include: Sarah Gee - Indigo Ltd; James Hannam - PRSF and Adam Cooper - Head of Development at Sound and Music)

Chaired by Rich Whitelaw, Director of Programmes at Sound and Music


Speaker Biogs:

Andy Abbott is an artist, musician and writer interested in the role of cultural activity in social change. His practice and research focuses on alternative forms of work, Do-It-Yourself culture, self-organisation, participation, collaboration, counter-institutions, and post capitalist subjectivity. He explores this in a variety of ways from the representational (including illustration, composition, writing, performance, film and video) to the practical (public engagement and interventions,
organising events and festivals, forming and steering organisations and working collectively).

Lisa Meyer is the founder and director of Capsule, one of the UK’s most inventive arts organisations and names by the Guardian as ‘Maverick’, for over fifteen years Lisa has achieved results for clients, stakeholders, artists and audiences garnering extensive media coverage and contributing to the city’s place-making agenda. Outward looking and highly collaborative, turning audience development on its head by placing the audience at the core of the work curated.

Sam Underwood is a sound artist and musical instrument designer. He works both autonomously and as part of the duo MortonUnderwood with David Morton. MortonUnderwood run the monthly sonic exploration event If Wet, in Callow End village hall.

Sarah Gee is co-founder and managing partner of Indigo Ltd. She is best known for her work on areas where marketing and fundraising overlap, such as stakeholder relations, individual giving, audience engagement, and branding. She is a regular trainer for the Arts Marketing Association, the British Council and other UK Arts Industry organisations, and has been the keynote speaker at seminars in Austria, Finland, France, Holland, Hungary, Oman and Qatar.

James Hannam is Senior Grants Manager at the PRS for Music
Foundation. James oversees the organisation's popular open programmes and maintains its wide network of specialist advisors. He has also been the project manager for large PRSF partnerships including Beyond Borders and New Music Biennial.

Tickets are now available here.

For further information, please contact Angharad Cooper, Creative Project Leader at Sound and Music, on 


Event date

8 November // The Custard Factory, Birmingham

10.30am - 12.30pm, £5 tickets available here


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