Young Musicians Fund

About the fund

Established in 1996 by Kathryn Tickell to develop the musical skills of children and young people in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham under the age of 18 who are struggling to pay for tuition fees or want help to purchase an instrument.




The Alan Hull Award


Jake Houlsby, winner of the Alan Hull Award 2014 performing at the Community Foundation AGM 2014 at the Sage Gateshead.

The Alan Hull Award, a bursary within the Young Musicians Fund, was established in memory of Alan Hull, the Newcastle-born songwriter and founder member of North East group Lindisfarne, who died in 1995. The aim of the award is to encourage young composers and songwriters in the North East.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to write and/or perform new compositions during the year when he/she holds the bursary. To support that development and thanks to partnerships with Loft Music Studios, Sage Gateshead and Amazing Radio the bursary holder will also receive:

It is hoped that winning the award and receiving the above package and funding will open up new opportunities for the holder beyond the year.

Applicants must be :


We would like to make more awards in 2015, to encourage young to develop their musical talent. If you would like to make a contribution please donate below: