Worcester Music Festival has announced that applications are now open for charities to apply to be next year’s chosen cause.

Every year, the festival chooses to support a different local charity, raising money over the course of the musical weekend, which, in 2023, will take place across the 15-17 September in Worcester’s vibrant city centre. Applications must be in by 13 January 2023.

During the 2022 event, the three-day celebration of music and art had an incredible impact on the year’s chosen charity: Worcester Community Trust. Alongside raising an astonishing £3367.69, the festival promoted the charity’s incredible work to hundreds of festival goers, securing new volunteers, service users and supporters.

Ant Robbins, Festival Director, commented:

“Worcester Music Festival is a community event, run by the community, for the community. And, following the impact of the pandemic on Worcester and its residents, there really was no better charity to support on our return.

“From their six community hubs across the city, Worcester Community Trust run a full programme of services that ensures you never have to face a challenge alone. With services available for every age and need, from loneliness to job coaching, we’re proud to have made an impact through this year’s festival.

“Now, we’re focusing on next year, and we’re on the hunt for an important cause to support!”

Charities are invited to complete the festival’s application form, providing information on what they do, who they help, and, most importantly, if there is a specific project they’re working on and need support with. In previous years, the festival has supported Worcester Foodbank, Worcestershire Association of Carers and St. Paul’s Hostel.

Each year, a majority of the money raised by the festival is from generous donations from the public. Throughout the festival’s 20 venues are charity donation boxes, and an inventive and eye-catching team are always out with buckets, dressed in a surprising range of costumes.

Worcester Music Festival was launched in 2008, featuring a small number of venues and artists. It has since flourished into a weekend-long event that supports both the local music scene and the community at large, giving artists a platform to perform on while donating to worthy causes. Now, the event features over 250 artists in 20 venues situated right in the heart of the faithful city.

Applications to be the festival charity 2023 have now closed.


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