West Sussex Music Announces New Head of Fundraising Appointment

FRI 20 SEP 2019

West Sussex Music has announced the appointment of Helen Tridgell to the position of Head of Fundraising; a new, strategic role created to help grow support and increase funds for this vibrant music education charity, based in Horsham.

Helen joins the team with a wealth of experience, gained most recently at The Disabilities Trust where she worked as Head of Communications & Fundraising, prior to which she was Managing Director of Postar and Chief Executive of NABS, the charity for the advertising and marketing industry.  

A Not-for Profit organisation, West Sussex Music’s opportunities for children and young people are funded by income from parents, schools and the National Music Grant, administered by Arts Council England. Helen will be a key resource for the Trust and will work closely with the leadership team and CEO to develop fundraising strategies and grow income through grant applications and other funding and fundraising streams. “The wonderful thing about working in the charity sector is having the opportunity to use skills acquired over the years to make a real difference. Music is an intrinsic part of culture and society and so important for mental wellbeing and I am delighted to be on board, helping West Sussex Music to fulfil its objective of making high quality music education available to every child in the county.” Said Helen Tridgell.

“It’s a very exciting time for West Sussex Music and Helen will play an important role as we look to increase our charitable donations over the next three years.”Said West Sussex Music Chief Executive, James Underwood. “Developing additional income streams is key to ensuring the sustainability of our education programmes and will allow us to change the lives of even more children through music.”

In her capacity as West Sussex Music’s Head of Fundraising, Helen will be working to make closer business and community links across the county and engage even more supporters so, if you are a local business, individual or perhaps a member of the West Sussex Music alumni, she would love to hear from you at

“Inclusivity and accessibility are at the heart of the West Sussex Music offering and I will be supporting its work in this area; increasing revenue streams for a range of projects, including the bursary fund, to ensure that all children in West Sussex have access to the transformative power of music. And, I look forward to connecting with any like-minded businesses and individuals, including members of the West Sussex Music alumni, who can help me.” Helen adds.

If you would like to help support West Sussex Music, there are many ways to do so. Why not help equip its young musicians with chairs specifically designed for orchestral use by donating to its Musical Chairs campaign. This initiative aims to provide members of the West Sussex Youth Orchestra, who are based at Horsham Music Centre, with 100 chairs that have been specifically designed with the performance, comfort and well-being of the musician in mind. £200 will purchase a chair and chairs can be bought by individuals, businesses or collectively by groups of donors.  Visit to play the only game of musical chairs where you are encouraged to add a chair, not take it away!

West Sussex Music is the largest provider of high-quality music education to children and young people in West Sussex. Its whole-class first access programmes, instrumental and vocal lessons, ensemble activities, singing and community projects, instrument loan and wide-range of large-scale events benefit over 21,000 children across the county, every year. In Music Centres across the county, children enjoy a wide range of musical activities including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes. It offers teacher training and specialist advice and support for schools; helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes for pupils, their families and the community. It also supports initiatives that enable access to cultural opportunities for disadvantaged and disaffected young people through its strategic Music Education Hub partnerships.

Helen Tridgell