by Chris Milner in Hexham, Northumberland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th December 2021 we successfully raised £6,140 with 73 supporters in 28 days

We want to help more people to make and enjoy playing music, whatever their ability, disability, advantages or disadvantages. You can help

by Chris Milner in Hexham, Northumberland, United Kingdom


Making music makes you happy, helps your health and wellbeing and stimulates your mind.  In Hexham, Core Music provides free advice on what to play, help to buy instruments and equipment, professional tutoring, studio and rehearsal space, introductions to bands and guidance on how to turn an interest into a career.  Its aim has always been to make music accessible to all. 



We’re coming out of Covid building on the great team and service we’ve built up over the last thirteen years, determined to make it even more accessible. 

Phase 1 of this project was about opening up our music shop – creating a more accessible and better space for trying and choosing instruments and equipment.  

This phase, Phase 2, is about refreshing our music tuition, studio and rehearsal spaces – redecorating and recarpeting the remaining rooms, improving our seating and creating a café for visitors to relax in. 

Once we finish Phase 2, then our next goal will be to raise funds to improve our entrances and make all our spaces more accessible for everybody.



Established in 2008, Core Music was set up to be the centre (hence the core) for music in Hexham and west Northumberland – a not-for-profit social enterprise, registered as a Community Interest Company – and over the last twelve years it’s become a popular and effective community-based hub that promotes participation in music. 


The Core Music team has years of experience which we’re really enthusiastic to share with anyone who wants to learn or improve.  Besides our founder – Mike Coleman (played in Whapweasel and was BBC Unsung Hero of 2016) – our Project Lead is Paul Susans (Baghdaddies, Hexjam street band), our Sales Lead is Dean Parker (music tutor since the age of 16 and professional touring musician) and our Room Bookings Lead is Dan Ward (drummer of 30 years and counting).  And then there’s our team of 15 fantastic independent professional music tutors.


We need donations of time and money.  

Can you give some time to help with repainting?  If so, please give Mike Coleman a call.

Can you contribute to the costs of these refurbishments?  If so, please donate here.


Redecorating spaces       £1,200

Recarpeting spaces         £2,300

Furniture replacements  £3,000

Furnishing café               £1,000


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Core Music ACCESS ALL AREAS badge

You’ll receive a big thank you and a limited edition Core Music ACCESS ALL AREAS badge.

£75 or more

Core Music ACCESS ALL AREAS T-shirt

You’ll receive a big thank you and a very special, designer Core Music ACCESS ALL AREAS T-shirt.

£200 or more

Wall of fame

You’ll receive a big thank you and, when the project dust settles, you’ll get your name engraved for perpetuity on the project wall of fame

£1,000 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Named tuition room

You’ll receive a big thank you and we’ll name one of our tuition, studio or rehearsal spaces after you or anyone you want to commemorate.

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