During 2019 and 2020, The Music Pool transferred to become part of the Encore family and is registered as a legal Subsidiary. All previous Music Pool projects are now delivered by Encore. Remaining a Registered Charity, we will continue to raise funds from a variety of sources, and will commission music work in the community, mainly through Encore.
The Music Pool was originally founded in 1988, as Hereford Arts in Action Ltd., and took on the operating name 'The Music Pool' in 1998, as the community music charity for Herefordshire and its borders.
We've operated and enabled a variety of music activities, some also involving related arts, such as drama, dance and writing. Our work has taken place in many different settings.
In 2010, The Music Pool received The Elgar In Hereford Award, in recognition of our contribution to the musical life of the county.
The majority of the work has fallen under the following areas: Early Years, Schools, Children and Young People, Adults, Older and Retired People, Special Needs and Disability and Special Events.
For examples of the different categories of work we deliver, please click here.
The Music Pool is most grateful for the current and most recent support of a variety of grant funders, donors and sponsors including:
The Henry Smith Charity
The Grocers' Charity
The Rank Foundation
The Eveson Charitable Trust
William A Cadbury
Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity
The Sam Morley Charitable Trust
Hereford City Council
Wye Valley Brewery
The Herefordshire Community Foundation
Arts Council England
A J Lowther & Sons Ltd
and by generous donations from a wider range of individuals and trusts.