27th Jan 2021

Faye Fantarrow, winner of the Alan Hull Award 2021.

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has announced Faye Fantarrow as the recipient of the prestigious Alan Hull Award 2021.  

The award of £1,000 is made annually to an emerging singer/songwriter or composer based in the North East in memory of Alan Hull, the Newcastle born songwriter and founder member of North East group Lindisfarne, who died in 1995.  

Reacting to the news of her success, Faye said: 

‘Winning the Alan Hull Award means the absolute world, especially following the harrowing year that was 2020! It’s given me that little nudge I feel I needed, to know that the music I’m creating does hold weight and relevance to others who listen to it. It has also helped me find a respect and deeper love for my music and the whole writing process.’ 

Jo Cundall, Senior Advisor, Culture at the Community Foundation who oversees the award, explained how many young people have channeled their talents into music throughout this difficult year: 

‘I am always impressed and awed by the talent of the young people in this region, but in a year like no other, I am absolutely blown away by the tenacity and generosity of spirit so many of them have shown. Whilst they have been locked down and had their education interrupted so many of them have found the pursuit of artistic ambitions to be their lifeline and have sought out new ways to inspire and connect using their shared passions. Faye is such an example of this and I can’t wait to see what she does next.’ 

Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw established the Alan Hull Award at the Community Foundation in memory of his friend and Lindisfarne bandmate to support young songwriters in the region.  

Ray explained how Faye stood out: 

‘Choosing the winner of the Alan Hull Award was not easy as there were three very good contenders. After much discussion we chose Faye. Faye has something special, there’s a lightness of touch in the fusion of her melodies and lyrics that really appeals. I think she has a bright future and is a very worthy recipient of the Alan Hull Award’. 

Faye is part of the We Make Culture Young Musicians Project, a collective of young people ran by Sunderland Culture. The project encourages those aged 12 – 21 to have a go at music, meet like-minded young people and get songwriting support. 

Laura Brewis, Project Director of We Make Culture added: 

‘We are thrilled that Faye is the Alan Hull Award winner for 2021. We have been lucky to support Faye through our Young Musicians Project over the last few years, and it is such a proud moment to see her flourishing as an independent artist. We can't wait to see what happens next!’ 

For more information about funding opportunities at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply 

Learn more about the We Make Culture Young Musicians Project: www.wemakeculture.co.uk/young-musicians-project 

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