The team behind the Northampton Music Festival tell us their story of how the Foundation’s funding has helped to bring the community together to celebrate music in the county.
The Northampton Music Festival is a free annual event designed to celebrate Northampton’s rich music culture. The central ethos is to raise the profile of Northampton through music, to provide a showcase for the range of musicians and artists that are based in the county and to provide a community-focused gathering which invites all to join in a celebration of our music scene.
The festival is organised by Northampton Music 365 – a not for profit community group that works in partnership with a range of local organisations. They have spent the last 9 years working tirelessly towards using music as a positive force in Northampton both culturally and economically.
We also involve as many businesses as possible with the goal of integrating them into local cultural activity. We hope to provide a central umbrella where musical initiatives of the town can work together, cross promote and develop wider opportunities for the town.
Support from Northamptonshire Community Foundation has allowed us to continue to develop the main festival this year, tackle challenges faced in previous years due to a lack of funding, and also run the Live Sessions project – which showcases local musicians and venues and provides opportunities for local film-makers and sound engineers.
Below is a short documentary about the project created by film students at the University of Northampton.