Tramlines: Sarah Nulty Foundation to be official charity partner

Tramlines Festival have announced that ‘The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation’ will be an official charity partner for the 2021 event and have also revealed details of their ‘Apply to Play’ scheme that will give performance slots at the festival to emerging talent.

Tramlines, Sheffield’s biggest music festival, takes place at Hillsborough Park from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th July. The first line-up announcement in April was followed by tickets selling out in record time. 2021 headliners include, The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft plus over 40 more acts announced so far.

The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation was created in 2020 by family and friends of Sarah Nulty who was the Festival Director of Tramlines until her passing in 2018. The Foundation aims to honour Sarah’s legacy by helping socially and economically disadvantaged people in Sheffield to develop musical abilities. Initial grants were awarded to Hartley Brook Primary Academy in Shiregreen to provide free ukulele lessons, Mossbrook Primary School in Norton who bought a keyboard to support their pupils who have special educational needs and to Sheffcare Limited who funded an ‘acousmatic storytelling project’ with their care home residents.

After arriving in Sheffield as a student, Sarah worked in various iconic local bars and clubs before becoming one of the driving forces behind the creation of Tramlines in 2009. After taking the role of Festival Director in 2013, Sarah was instrumental in safeguarding the long term success of the event, overseeing many changes leading up to the move to Hillsborough Park in 2018 that has since been heralded as a huge success. Sarah received many awards posthumously including a Civic Award from the serving Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at the Independent Festival Awards and an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ Award from the UK Festival Awards.

Sarah Nulty

Julie Voisey, Chair of Trustees for The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation said: “We are so grateful and honoured that Tramlines have chosen the Sarah Nulty Power of music foundation as an official partner. The foundation was established as a tribute to Sarah and her love of music. Tramlines is her legacy to which she dedicated years of her life to help it become the success that it is today. She wanted to throw the biggest party Sheffield had ever seen and bring the uplifting power of music to Sheffield streets.

“With Tramlines support, the Power of Music Foundation can reach more people in need. Our aim is to spread the joy of music and to enable, encourage, and guide socially and economically disadvantaged people in Sheffield to develop their musical abilities.”

In keeping with the theme of supporting grassroots music and offering opportunities, Tramlines has also announced the opening of their Apply To Play scheme. Slots are available across various stages at Tramlines 2021 are available and applications can be made by using a form hosted on the Tramlines website. The deadline for applications is 27th May and successful applicants will also receive a small fee for their performance. Winners in 2019 included Speed for Lovers with a uniquely Sheffield ‘disco-not-disco’ sound influenced by the city’s clubs and nightlife and local rapper, Matic Mouth who had collaborated with Tramlines favourites, Reverend and the Makers before making his solo debut at the festival.

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