The Music Pool is currently in transition, and we will become a subsidiary of Encore Enterprises CIC during 2020. 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.

Click here for a three minute video about us.

To watch more detailed video footage of some of the work, please click here.


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.


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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 Sam Morley Charitable Trust

Arts Council England

Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity

The Herefordshire Community Foundation

EF Bulmer Benevolent Fund

The Rank Foundation

Wye Valley Brewery

Hereford City Council

The Eveson Charitable Trust

A J Lowther & Sons Ltd

Hereford Round Table

The Grocers' Charity

and by generous donations from a wider range of individuals and trusts.

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The Music Pool is a registered charity no. 700196

(Hereford Arts in Action Ltd trading as The Music Pool - company no. 02243832)