For 18 years the Young Musicians Fund has supported young people across the North East to enjoy, study and excel in music. The fund was established by Kathryn Tickell OBE who was concerned about diminishing opportunities for young people to experience music and in particular the traditional music of the North East.
£90,000 has been awarded from this fund through 275 grants. It has enabled young people to buy their own instrument, update equipment, attend a residential or receive music lessons. The fund prioritises low income families who can struggle to afford the costs of supporting a passionate and committed young musician.
Every year the panel also award £1000 to encourage young composers and songwriters under 24. This award is in memory of Alan Hull the Newcastle born songwriter and founder member of Lindisfarne, who died in 1995.
A panel including Kathryn Tickell OBE, John Treherne OBE, Ray Laidlaw, Ed Milner, Generator, Tamsin Austin and Veronica Cairns make recommendations for grants but they also provide advice and guidance, which is often more valuable!
You can add you support to encourage talented young musicians in the North East via the fund’s JustGiving page here or contact us directly to make a donation or set up a direct debit into the fund.