Stendhal Festival and Help Musicians continue charity partnership

Stendhal Festival will once again welcome Help Musicians as their lead charity partner for the 10th edition of the multi-award winning music and arts festival, which takes place in August 2020.

Help Musicians has been the chosen charity partner for Stendhal Festival since 2017, and in that time has raised thousands of pounds, all of which goes towards Help Musicians front-line work supporting Northern Irish musicians during times of crisis, and times of opportunity through health and welfare support and funding.

Help Musicians is an independent charity supporting musicians and is proud to have had a dedicated office in Northern Ireland since 2016. The charity offers practical, positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians – whatever the genre.

Their person centred, integrated approach to supporting artists through Health and Welfare and Creative Programme services aims to deliver personalised support tailored to the varied and complex needs of a musician and their unique circumstances.

The charity’s programme of support is designed to help sustain careers, provide catalytic funding and transformative grants at times of great need, as well as preventative support to avoid injury, minimise mental health challenges, support hearing health, vocal health and more.

 Keith Millar, National Manager of Help Musicians’ Belfast Office: “We are incredibly pleased to continue to work with Stendhal Festival,” he said.

“It’s a festival very close to my heart and shares so many core values with Help Musicians. For the past three years the partnership has grown from strength to strength and every year we raise more and more money for the charity through various methods in conjunction with the festival.

“In 2019 we raised £3602 at the event, all of which goes to worthy causes within the music sector in Northern Ireland. We look forward to continuing this great work at the festival in 2020 and hopefully for many more years to come, and would like to extend special thanks to Stendhal’s generous festival-goers who continue to support our work.”

Ross Parkhill, Director of Stendhal Festival added: “Stendhal and Help Musicians have forged a very special bond since their office opened in Belfast in 2016. We love what they do, what they stand for and how they go about improving the lives of musicians in Northern Ireland. We have enjoyed watching this partnership blossom over the past three years and our goal is that through Stendhal, HMNI and their outreach can continue to grow and increase their exceptional output.”

Ross Concluded: “We thank them for their continued support of the festival and we would encourage everyone to check out the work that these guys do and support them in any way they can.”