The Alan Hull Award has been 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 aim of the award is to encourage young composers and songwriters in the North East and must be used to further new composition / song writing.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to write and / or perform new compositions during the year when he / she holds the bursary.
It is hoped that winning the award and funding will open up new opportunities for the holder beyond the year.
Applicants must be :
• Passionate about composing and/or songwriting.
• Based in the North East at the time of applying and for the duration of the bursary period.
• Aged between 16 and 25 years.
Click the apply online button above to make an application.