9th Nov 2017
Newcastle-based Chad Male is the winner of the 2017 Alan Hull Award at the Community Foundation. The award recognises songwriters living and working in the North East and remembers Alan Hull, the Newcastle-born songwriter and founder member of Lindisfarne, who died in 1995.
Chad joins an impressive list of previous winners including The Lake Poets’ Martin Longstaff, Cattle and Cane’s Joe Hammill and Ditte Elly. The award includes a grant of £1,000 and a package of support from a partnership between the Community Foundation, Sage Gateshead and Loft Studios.
"It's an incredible feeling to have won the Alan Hull Award. Over the past few years of my life I've relentlessly dedicated myself to my song-writing and production efforts, mainly for my work as Cape Cub.
“This award is almost like a validation for the sacrifices that have come as a result of this creative pursuit. I've always said I'd like to share any success that comes my way with other artists and likeminded people in my home region of the North East, and the money from this fund will absolutely help me towards fulfilling that ambition.
“I look forward to collaborating with more people, and the equipment that it's helped me purchase for my studio will most definitely play a huge part in that. Alan, if you're listening somewhere, thank you for your legacy, and thank you very much indeed to everyone involved with the selection process. Love."
Ellie Turner, Principal Advisor for Culture at the Community Foundation adds:
“We’re delighted to announce Chad as the winner of the Alan Hull Award in 2017. The award aims to nurture and grow our North East song-writing talent and was established in memory of Alan Hull, the Newcastle born songwriter and founder member of Lindisfarne.
“As well as a £1,000 prize, the award fosters opportunities with the Sage Gateshead and Loft Studios. There is a great link as the studio is famous for its recording of “Fog on the Tyne”, the collaboration between Lindisfarne and Paul Gascoigne.”
For more information about funding at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk