Sunbeams Music Trust Bravo! Award



Night of Success for Cumbria's Business Community

Two Cumbrian arts organisations helped business volunteers achieve prestigious awards at the BRAVO! Awards for Business and Culture at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool. The BRAVO! Awards are designed to recognise the best partnerships and provide a region-wide platform to promote the benefits of business support for the arts.

Eden Arts and Sunbeams Music Trust nominated their business volunteers and watched them walk away with coveted awards.

Supported by The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the Awards for the first time brought together two sister organisations - Business in the Arts:North West and Arts & Business - to celebrate a diverse range of business and cultural partnerships.


Bravo! Awards certificate

The Bravo! Awards Certificate


The Royal Bank of Scotland Award for the Board Bank Member of the Year went to Susan Bennett, from Merseyside and a principal consultant at LCS Ltd for her work with Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust in Penrith.

Sunbeams was founded in 1992 to provide therapeutic music activity to people with special needs. Susan led the process of producing a long term strategy for the development of the organisation which has helped with the viability, stability, performance and sustainability of the Trust.

Annie Mawson, chief executive and founder of Sunbeams Music Trust said: "I am delighted that Susan's work with the Trust has been rewarded. Susan brought a vast professional experience to our organisation. Her clear, analytical mind enabled her to provide an unemotional business like approach in often emotive situations. I also believe her own hearing impairment and experience in teaching children with special needs helped her embrace all that Sunbeams represents.

"Throughout the board bank programme Susan provided professional solutions whilst maintaining an empathy with the vision of the charity. We work with some of the most vulnerable members of society and an understanding of specific issues affecting our beneficiaries has been invaluable."

Susan Bennett said: "I am thrilled with this award and have enjoyed taking part in tonight's event. Becoming a Trustee of Sunbeam's Music Trust has been a brilliant opportunity to not only apply my abilities but to be there to see results. For me the highlights have been not only the opportunity to 'put something back' into the voluntary sector but equally the pleasure and privilege of seeing the disabled members of the Sunbeam's Concert Troupe perform so joyously and without restraint, helped by dedicated and passionate people who share their love of music."

Viv Tyler, manager of Business in the Arts:North West said: "We have been overwhelmed by the diversity of entries to this year's awards and the kind of work that has developed out of these partnerships. Each year in the North West, businesses provide almost £4m worth of support of many kinds to arts organisations and individuals. In addition, more than 200 business managers and professionals lend their expertise and advice, mentor arts managers or join or continue to serve on the boards of cultural organisations. Our awards recognise and reward these achievements."

Paul Smith, Regional Director Arts & Business said: "Tonight has been a memorable occasion as we celebrate some excellent partnerships which clearly demonstrate the mutual benefits to be gained from arts and business working together. We hope that by combining with Business in the Arts:North West for this event we have been able to bring a new dimension to these awards."

Everyone at Sunbeams is thrilled with their success.

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