We achieve this through providing a space for people to teach musical instruments (and for their students to come to lessons), running regular weekly clubs and workshops for people to make music together across a variety of styles and genres, and running special projects that bring music to specific parts of our community. Over 200 people come for individual instrument tuition every week at Core Music, with others coming for weekly sessions and clubs, and some just coming to hire a movie from our DVD rental outlet, GoJo@coremusic.
Since 2008, we have introduced thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to music in its various forms, all through the activities that we have provided in and around our building in the heart of Hexham. Several of our volunteers and teachers have gone on to pursue exciting careers in music – some have been signed to record labels, some have appeared at major festivals in the UK and abroad, some have studied music further and used their experience and knowledge to craft their own careers teaching and making music… and that’s just part of the story!
Our main aim is to provide an environment for people to enjoy what they’re doing, because we believe that this enables people to thrive. Our teaching, for instance, is all geared towards the needs of the individual student – so, whether you want to learn and study towards grade exams or just play for fun, we can cater to you. Since we opened our doors in October 2008, we have witnessed so many people on their journey through music, seeing them grow and develop not just as musicians, but also as people; in many ways, this is one of the things of which we are most proud.
Our staff, volunteers, board members and supporters all share our vision and philosophy, and all work hard to create an environment which is safe, friendly, non-judgemental and supportive. In the words of one of our club leaders, “Music changes lives.”
In 2016, our founder and managing director, Mike Coleman, was named as one of just five Unsung Heroes as part of BBC Music Day, recognising the contribution he and Core Music have made to music in Hexham and the region.
As a CIC, our shop and trading activities help us fund these activities, but we also rely on grants and loans from funding bodies as well as donations from individuals. We have a Friends of Core Music scheme for supporters who would like to make a monthly donation. The support and regular donations of our Friends allow us to better plan our activities.