Grant Received to Support Crawley Sings Live!

TUE 21 JAN 2020

West Sussex Music Trust is celebrating today after being awarded £3,000 from the Westdene Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation in support of Crawley Sings Live!;  an annual musical event which brings together 150 students from secondary schools and SEN(D) (Special Educational Needs and/or Disability) schools in the Crawley and Horsham area as one massed choir, for an inspiring and inclusive evening of performance and song.

Through both its charitable endeavours and role as the Music Education Hub for West Sussex, West Sussex Music works to nurture, inspire and enrich the lives of children in the county though the transformational power of music. Led by Rosie Secker and assisted by the Director of the West Sussex Youth Choirs, Sarah Forbes, Crawley Sings Live! on 30thMarch will bring together pupils from Hazelwick School, Holy Trinity CE School, Ifield Community College, Manor Green College, St Wilfrid’s Catholic School, The Gatwick School, Thomas Bennett Community College and Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School to perform an array of musical numbers including, for the first time, a signing and singing song for all participants; making it a wholly inclusive and accessible event.

On receiving the grant, James Underwood, CEO at West Sussex Music Trust, said: “Support from the Westdene Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation is a great boost for West Sussex Music and Crawley Sings Live! Enriching, large-scale, vocal opportunities such as this are incredibly inspiring for all involved and they’re something we’d like as many children as possible to experience. Grants and donations are key to our future success and will allow us to change the lives of even more children, through music.”

 “Through the Westdene Fund and working with and supporting partners such as West Sussex Music, Sussex Community Foundation awards one-off grants to young people in Sussex who demonstrate outstanding musical talent with an intention to pursue a career in music. Grant programmes such as the Westdene Fund represent just one of many ways we aim to be a flexible, responsive and sustainable resource to help local people across Sussex address needs and issues and build a better future.” Said Adrian Barrott, Grants Officer, Sussex Community Foundation.

Last year, over 25,000 children across the county benefitted from West Sussex Music’s activities, such as Whole Class first access programmes, instrument and vocal lessons, ensemble activities, singing and community projects and large-scale events, like Crawley Sings Live! As a Not-for Profit organisation, West Sussex Music’s musical opportunities for children and young people are funded by income from parents, schools and the National Music Grant, administered by Arts Council England, as well as private and corporate donations. The charity looks to individuals and businesses to contribute to its charitable purpose, which includes providing bursaries for students who would not otherwise be able to afford to join lessons at school. 

West Sussex Music is still seeking additional funding for the Crawley Sings Live! event, as well as support for its other activities.  If you would like to get involved then visit where there’s a whole section of the website devoted to telling you how; from fundraising ideas and volunteering, to sponsorship opportunities, there are many ways for individuals to help and if you are a local business, West Sussex Music Fundraising Manager Helen Tridgell would love to hear from you. Contact Helen on

If you would like to see West Sussex Music’s work in action, then tickets for Crawley Sings Live! are available from The Hawth.

Crawley Sings Live!

Crawley Sings Live!