The Alan Hull Award 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.
Alan Hull was born in Newcastle in 1945. He had a prodigious musical talent and by his teenage years had written hundreds of songs. After a few false starts, he came to national and international fame as the main songwriter in Lindisfarne, one of the most successful and long lasting bands produced by the region. Fiercely proud of his roots and a lifelong socialist, Alan’s work was informed by his passion for life and his love of music from Debussy to Dylan. His songs could be hard hitting, mysterious, celebratory or irreverent. Listen to ‘Winter Song’ ‘Poor Old Ireland’, ‘Lady Eleanor’, ‘Run for Home’ or ‘Fog on the Tyne’ and you'll understand. Most of all, Alan’s songs were direct and focused, qualities that he attributed in part to his Geordie background.
The Alan Hull Award was established with the proceeds from The Hull Story, a musical tribute to Alan staged at Newcastle City Hall in 2005 by his friends and admirers. Alan was very supportive to young songwriters and composers after he became successful. His family are eager for that to continue via the Alan Hull Award which will recognise and support one young songwriter/composer every year with a bursary of £1000.
The grant will be given to one individual, aged 25 or under and based in the North East region who can demonstrate talent and passion for songwriting and/or composition.
You should apply online. Please do take the time to read the Grants for Individuals application form help notes. You will also need to upload a supporting statement and this is where we ask you to make your case for support by detailing your experiences, influences and ideas for composing and songwriting. We also request that share examples of your songs or compositions. Ideally you would do this by including links to soundcloud or youtube within your statement but if you would rather send audio files these can be emailed to Jo Cundall: email@example.com separately.
The award will be made by an independent panel which includes Kathryn Tickell OBE, Ray Laidlaw (Lindisfarne) and representatives from The Sage Gateshead. It will be made on the merits of your application, music and performance.
Click the apply online button above to make an application detailing your experiences, influences and ideas for composing and songwriting. Please also send /share examples of your songs or compositions to firstname.lastname@example.org or post a CD to Philanthropy House, Woodbine Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE3 1DD