Independent Arts benefits from Pete Holden’s legacy
Friends and family of Pete Holden have raised thousands of pounds for Independent Arts in his memory.
Independent Arts was selected to receive a generous gift from Pete’s will by brother Chris Holden, following his sad death in 2021. These funds were further boosted through the sale of records and music memorabilia at AAA Records in Newport, by Pete’s friends Paul Armfield and Andy Barding.
In addition to these donations, Chris, Paul and Andy worked closely with Independent Arts to organise a showcase of Isle of Wight songwriters at the charity’s Creative Hub in Newport. The ‘This Is Nowhere’ event raised more funds for the charity, but it was also an opportunity for 52friends of Pete’s to come together to celebrate and remember him.
Curated and hosted by Paul Armfield, the evening itself was a huge success, featuring an amazing range of Island talent including JC Grimshaw, Brian Sharpe and George Street Kids, each performing three or four songs, discussing song writing, and remembering Pete.
In total, Pete’s legacy gift to Independent Arts stands at an amazing £2,245, funds that the charity hopes will support a brand new song writing project for young people on the Island; a fitting tribute to a man who had decades of experience in the music industry, helping to found the Womad Festival, and in more recent years, booking acts for the Rhythmtree Festival on the Isle of Wight.
Chris Holden is sure that Pete would be pleased with this legacy: “I am delighted to be able to support Independent Arts in Pete’s name. He would have been so pleased to know that his legacy will help vulnerable young people. The ‘This Is Nowhere’ event was such a fitting tribute, bringing together Island songwriters in celebration of Pete’s life. I am thrilled that together we have been able to raise a significant amount, which Independent Arts will make the very best use of.”
If you were unable to attend the event, you can still donate in Pete’s memory. Please contact Ralph for more information.