Reviving the Chapel: evaluation report

Howard, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-5721 and Carter, E., 2022. Reviving the Chapel: evaluation report. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.

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Reviving the Chapel, funded by Arts Council England, aimed to restore and modernise one of Nottingham’s oldest music venues. Launching with a year of weekly events, the Chapel offered underserved, local acts and music technology students the chance to elevate their work. The project started during, and was delayed by, the various restrictions imposed by Covid-19. This context of social isolation and devastating impact upon the music industry, made the aim of this project to support grassroots music making and funding for Artists even more important. Five main beneficiaries were identified as local promoters, local artists, music students, audience members and the venue itself, the experiences of whom are captured in this report.

For NottinghamCAN, the project enabled a phase of organisational development, whereby new approaches such as live sound workshops with Confetti Institute and volunteering opportunities were trailed. The 52-week musical programme proved successful in supporting new Artists and reaching new or different audiences, as well as enabling grassroots music to flourish at a time when it has been under threat.

The evaluation methods for his project consisted of online surveys for the Audience, Artists (N#19), Volunteers (N#8) in addition to interviews with 10 Artists and Volunteers and a focus group for Promoters at the venue. A network map was created indicating music genre, Promoters and performances, which demonstrates the vibrancy of the Nottingham music scene, with the Chapel at its heart.

Item Type: Research report for external body
Description: Commissioning body: Arts Council England
Creators: Howard, F. and Carter, E.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 20 May 2022
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 May 2022 15:04
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 15:04
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