More than £200,000 has been awarded to a music education hub to help it recover from the effects of the pandemic.
Music Partnership North (MPN) aims to enrich the lives of children and young people in Northumberland and Newcastle through participation in quality musical activities.
The organisation works with families, schools and arts organisations to support musical learning and delivers tuition on a wide range of instruments, in both small and large group settings.
It also runs a number of county-wide ensembles.
Thanks to the £205,577 grant from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, MPN will be able to reverse the current 45 per cent decrease in students participating in instrumental tuition through a series of subsidised initiatives and support packages. The grant will also offset the financial losses incurred during the pandemic and support the creation of two large-scale online musical events, The Big Gig and Unity through Music 2.
David Francis, acting lead officer for MPN, said: “If we don’t act now to support children, families and communities by making music accessible, affordable, and relevant to their child’s education, we will lose a generation of musicians and they will lose out on the life-enhancing benefits of cultural engagement.
“Never has music and the arts been more important in supporting the health and wellbeing of the young people in our region.
"We thank Arts Council England Northumberland County Council and Newcastle City Council for their continued support.”