Our Giving Impacts
Why we give
At Soundgas we believe that business is not just about making a living: it should be a force for good in the world. We have a responsibility to use our success to benefit others. This is why we support those working in music, and why we also provide meaningful help to those who need it most, especially in the global South.
As a rural employer, we provide training and meaningful careers for young (and not so young) people; a responsibility we take very seriously. Training the next generation of technicians is also a major part of Soundgas’ mission: not only does this ensure that the vintage gear we use and love will remain viable well into the future, but it also creates longterm careers for those we train.
How we give
There are millions of people out there who can be helped – a small input from us will make a huge difference to them – for example just $0.01 provides a Kenyan child a daily dose of vitamin A to prevent against blindness. Soundgas is a member of B1G1 (Buy 1, Give 1) which is a social enterprise and non-profit organisation with a mission to create a world that’s full of giving. 100% of all contributions made to B1G1 go directly to their projects – they’ve got ten years’ experience of continuous innovation and development as a leading business-giving movement, with more than 100 million giving impacts achieved.
We currently make contributions to different projects within B1G1 every time we ship a parcel, drink a coffee and sell certain pieces of gear.
The second strand to our giving is the goal of using our equipment, know-how, and studio resources, to support artists and other people working in music (even other studios!).
This is something we aspire to expand as resources allow and is still very much in the early stages. Below is some information about a people we have worked with so far. There’s more to come soon, including how you can access our support.
Shiva Feshareki is an experimental composer, NTS Radio DJ and turntablist. The photo above was taken during her 2018 performance of a live remix of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite on turntables using one of our Space Echoes.
Holder of a Doctorate from the Royal College of Music, her diverse output explores acoustics, perspective and the sound of electricity through wide-ranging practices that incorporate classical methodology. In 2017, she was honoured with the British Composer Award for Innovation from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors.
Shiva fell in love with a Soundgas Space Echo after using one for her performance of Daphne Oram’s Still Point at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Pioneers of Sound in 2018. We have loaned Shiva a Space Echo to allow her to continue her journey into vintage echoes. Towards the end of 2018 it saw action in some groundbreaking performances, including at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (VAC) and London Jazz Festival, as well as featuring heavily in her FACTmag Against the Clock video.
Job Gregory and his friends formed their first band when they were all 14; now at the ripe old age of 17 they are well-established on the local music scene with their bands Marvin’s Revenge (noisy three-piece rockers), and Skarambe (ska-with-attitude).
Job worked for us in between drumming duties for both bands and completing his course at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies. When we heard Marvin’s Revenge were recording and wanted a Space Echo on their track “Overlook” we were happy to oblige and loaned them one of our machines for the studio sessions.