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Great Music, Great Place

An Update

Written By Andy Gunton

We recently told you about The Stinger's involvement with a new idea to promote Hastings as a Music Town. This idea has now moved on and, as promised, we thought we'd update you on our progress.

Below is the text of a letter inviting people to a series of open meetings we're holding in November.

Here's a link to that original article, explaining what we're up to, just in case you missed it:'sGoingOn


Hastings & Rother bid to the Great Place Scheme 

Invitation to Consultation Meetings


Last month we circulated information about a new funding programme called Great Place.  The Great Place Scheme is supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Foundation and Historic England.  It aims to support places to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the future vision for their area. 

An Expression of Interest was submitted for a project for Hastings and Rother with music as the focus.  It was put in by Hastings Borough Council working with a steering group from across the music sector. 

The current steering group members are Andy Gunton (The Stinger), Adam Daly (Fat Tuesday / The Albion), Stewart Drew (De La Warr Pavilion), Sally Lampitt (Battle Festival), Karen Trimmings (Hastings Pier Charity), Sean Berkeley (St Mary in the Castle), Paul Barnett (Culture Change Company), Sam Halligan (Rhythmix), Melanie Powell (Rother District Council), Polly Gifford and Michael Hambridge (Hastings Borough Council).

We will hear on 28 October if we are through to the next round.  

Even though HBC and the steering group are preparing the bid, the views of music professionals of all kinds, and other relevant partners, will be critical. 

We are holding meetings around five key themes to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities that will help us write the bid if we get through (we will still hold the meetings even if we don’t get through and take things forward in other ways).

People will also have the opportunity to propose additional names for the steering group.


  1. Audiences

Who is and isn’t coming?  What audiences do we want to grow?  How might we do that?

Monday 7 Nov, 5-7pm, Stade Hall Hastings  


  1. Creating and Presenting

What does our local music scene do well – in both production and performance?  What areas need development?  What would help that to happen?

Monday 14 Nov, 5-7pm, Stade Hall Hastings  

Wednesday 16 Nov, 5-7pm, Bexhill Town Hall Committee Room


  1. Skills 

This covers education and training for young people, and also development for musicians and others already working in the music sector.  We’re going to have separate meetings for each.

Education: Tuesday 15 Nov, 4-6pm, venue in Battle TBC

Professional development: Tuesday 22 Nov, 5-7pm, Stade Hall Hastings  


  1. Networks 

What kind of networks to we have and what do we need to support the music sector?

Tuesday 29 Nov, 5-7pm, Stade Hall Hastings


  1. Policy 

Steering group and local authorities


Please let us know if you want to come to any of these sessions – the deadline for final bids will be January so this will be the only opportunity to contribute to this stage of the project. 

Please email .


Thanks from the Great Place Steering Group 

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