Kevin GristKevin is an experienced community music practitioner and arts manager. He has an interest in music technology as a tool for live performance and composition.

Growing up in Brighton, Kevin developed a youth arts programme at the award-winning Crew Club Youth Centre (2008), opening the doors to projects such as Glyndebourne Opera’s Knight Crew with Gareth Malone. He joined Arts Council England (2012) as a Relationship Manager for Music. He oversaw a portfolio of Music education hubs and The Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes, whilst supporting Project Grants applicants seeking funding for recordings, festivals and tours. In 2013, he also worked with urban arts charity AudioActive, managing the Hip Hop Foundation, The Lab featuring Rag’n’Bone Man and producing FUSE, a jazz-tech performance event at Brighton Dome featuring Tomorrow’s Warriors.

He joined Musical Futures in 2015 as Head of Fundraising, developing a partnership with BBC Radio 1 to support the Learning Revolution Conference, and secured significant funding from the EU.

Alongside Voluntary Arts, Kevin is Co-Director and founder of SparkedEcho CIC (2016), who produce new and experimental music activity with marginalised groups in Kent and Sussex. Projects include Sea Folk Sing older people’s performances on moving trains, and Opera House Next Door escape room puzzle, performed in living rooms. He is also a Trustee for Sound Sense, the UK’s professional body for community musicians.

Kevin has a degree in Music Production, a PGCE teaching qualification, studied at the National Arts Fundraising School and is an Arts Award Advisor.