Our Music Heritage UK Ambassadors are influential supporters who work across a wide-range of industries, helping us to forge relationships and spread the word!
Sheryl Davis is a 2012 graduate of the M.A. Historic Preservation program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her self-designed studies focused on the preservation of music heritage sites from jazz to rock and roll, including the Buddy Bolden house in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Johnny Cash boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas, and the Hurricane East club and 'Doo Wop' architecture in Wildwood by-the-Sea, New Jersey. Sheryl’s M.A. Final Project, 'State of Rock 2012: A Current Look at the Built Heritage of Rock 'n' Roll in 1950s America', resulted in the first national historic resources inventory and preservation activity survey on buildings significant to early rock and roll.
Sheryl serves as the Circle G Foundation's historic preservation consultant in its advocacy of the Elvis Presley Circle G Ranch restoration project in Horn Lake, Mississippi, and advises the National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture on prioritizing music heritage in its inaugural list of America’s Most Threatened African-American Historical Properties.
She is also contributing to the first book on DIY popular music heritage preservation, representing U.S. approaches and the only chapter dedicated to built heritage. Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it-Yourself, Do-it-Together, is part of the Routledge 'Research in Music' book series.
In 2016 she completed The Surf Speaks: Voices of a Living History, an oral history of Iowa’s Surf Ballroom’s Winter Dance Party as told by fans from all over the world. In April 2016, she was appointed as Museum Director at the The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association.
Peter Cafferkey has worked in the philanthropic and impact investing space for over a decade and is currently the Founding CEO of Boncerto a social incubator and advisor spin-out from Geneva Global, a social business which works as both advisor and implementer to help its clients deliver social impact. Since 1999 this work has directly benefited over 60 million people and influenced a further $1.5 billion of philanthropic funding globally.
Based in London, Peter provides challenge, guidance and support to individuals, corporations and foundations looking to engage in the next generation of philanthropy, CSR and impact investing. Acting as both advisor and connector, projects delivered in 2015 have included social entrepreneurship in the Americas, impact investment in India, and supporting the launch of a global wildlife foundation.
Peter's strategic, fundraising and networking skills, and years of not-for-profit experience, make him ideally suited to be a Music Heritage UK Ambassador, and he will champion our work to a wide and varied audience within the high net-worth, charity and philanthropy spheres.
Lee Sargent is the founder of RockWalk, a London Rock 'n' Roll guided tours venture, focusing on London’s music past and present, and the preservation of its future. One of RockWalk’s priorities is to bring attention to 'disappearing' London; particularly the heritage campaigns that aim to preserve the character and diversity that make London unique.
After 10 years working as an Operations Manager for Our Price Records, Lee opened his own record shop in Islington. Wood Music enjoyed a great reputation in north London for a diverse and alternative clientele between 1995 and 2004.
Lee moved into music journalism after Wood Music, but it was a chance invitation from a friend that led to his passion for the discovery of London's musical history secrets, and subsequently, London's music heritage.
As Lee himself says, "Central London, and Soho in particular, is being demolished and redeveloped at an alarming rate, with many of its dearly loved buildings vanishing behind hoardings, often never to reappear. The Crossrail development has swallowed up so much of Charing Cross Road and Dean Street that it has rendered north-east Soho unrecognisable to even the most observant".
Lee believes that by showing people places like London’s Tin Pan Alley, Denmark Street, and sharing its remarkable stories, "the chances of it surviving will be greatly improved".