Our second 'insider' case study

Every six months or so we meet with one of our grantees to talk with them about the brilliant work they’re doing, in a little more depth than time usually allows. It’s always completely inspiring. Click on the image above to find out more about the fabulous work that Rowan - one of the projects we supported in our fourth round of funding - is doing…

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Our next round of funding is live!

It’s Tuesday 18th September, and we’re delighted to announce that we’re open again for funding applications! This is our sixth round of funding since we launched in 2013, and if you’re creating a project using sound or music for social good that needs funding, we’d love to hear from you.

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We've been featured in The Observer & NESTA's #50radicals list!!

THIS IS BRILLIANT! Our founder, Andrea - who still runs Dosoco along with Alex & Kirsten - has been listed in the The Observer as one of ‘50 new radicals’ whose ideas are changing the world.

New Radicals is a search led by Nesta, the innovation foundation, and The Observer to find the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges & make the world a better place. It was launched in 2012 and runs every 2 years, and the 2018 announcement was made on Sunday 16th September in the Observer newspaper and online… you can see the Observer article here, and the full and more detailed Nesta story here.

Andrea has created three growing businesses within the arts across Cambridge.  The first, running since 2010 and the reason that Dosoco came to be, is We Are Sound, which delivers extraordinary sound experiences to the general public, using the general public.  The group has recently finished a run of 19 sell out sound experiences totally in the dark, garnering rave reviews and being described as “One of the stand out experiences of my life”,  “wonderful, moving, original, exceptional, beautiful”, and “one of those gigs I will take with me to my grave”. Check out the below video of those dark, haunting gigs!!!

The second is the new arts brand House of Cambridge, with its first immersive event, UNITED! - described as a “1940’s immersive hangar dance on steroids with a UK film premiere in the middle, plus cocktails” - taking place at the IWM Duxford on Saturday 29th September.  Andrea’s vision for House of Cambridge (which she has co-founded with commercial whizz Jenny Nelder) is to encourage & draw together the city’s existing, brilliant, creative brands, festivals and thinkers to create extraordinary events that would be impossible without this collaboration, and then to add some extra magic on top. The film being premiered is WWII movie Magpie, shot entirely in East Anglia and directed by Paul Cook, and you can find out more about the event here.

But the third business of course is us!!! In 5 years, we’ve given away just under £20K to over 30 projects across Cambridgeshire using music & sound for social good. The amounts may not seem large - between £300-£1k per project - but every single penny makes a difference and helps change people’s lives for the better. And, though we’re just a tiny team of volunteers, we have bags of enthusiasm and a finely-tuned process of running our grant rounds, so we are going to continue doing this for as long as we can, and give out as much money as we can.

And actually the timing of this recognition of Dosoco’s work is perfect, as tomorrow we’re announcing our sixth round of funding (keep an eye out here for details). How cool is that :)


Drum roll for grant round number 5

Are you involved in creative music making that makes a positive impact on people’s lives, or looking for extra funding to start new projects or extend your work? If you’re based in Cambridgeshire and you know of or run a local, music-based, project that needs support, we want to hear from you. 

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Our first 'insider' case study

A Dosoco grant in 2015 enabled Cambridge Community Arts to expand its range of courses for adult learners to include guitar lessons. To date 60 people have benefited from the opportunity, with the grant supporting two of our key aims – music access and music education.  In our first 'insider' case study, we take a look at the brilliant work that CCA carries out, and how our funding has helped.

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Our 2016 grant awards

We've just awarded six more grants, totalling over £3000, to Cambridgeshire based projects using music for social good.  Click through to find out more about them and the fabulous work they're doing.  And it looks like we may have just raised another £1500... more on that soon!

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Round 3, done :)

A project using sound-enhanced tennis balls to enable visually impaired people to play tennis is just one of four fantastic Cambridgeshire-based projects that we've been lucky enough to  support through our third round of Dosoco funding - announced at the latest Dowsing Sound Collective gig on 25 July (pictured) - with a combined total of £2000.  Click to find out more!

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Funding available for young musicians

We're delighted to now be open for applications for our third round of funding… and this time we’re focusing on young people. Schools, families and individual young people are all encouraged to take part and applications can be as creative as possible. 

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Our second round of grants!

We were absolutely thrilled to announce - on Sunday 14th December at The Dowsing Sound Collective's Christmas Cocktail gig in the Cambridge Corn Exchange - the recipients of our second round of grants, totalling just under £4000!  

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Our first ever grants

We're absolutely delighted to be able to announce that we have selected and awarded our first ever round of grants!  With a total of just under £3000, we are supporting five different projects, each using sound and music to 'unlock the world'. We're very proud. 

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