Sound Hub secures funding for 2 years!

The Activity Den in Stanley has secured a significant amount of funding for the continuation of its successful music project, Stanley Sound Hub. The funding has been awarded from UK-wide music charity Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation and locally-based County Durham Community Foundation, following a successful bid application. This amazing contribution will mean that the Sound Hub Project can continue its great work for the next two years.

Stanley Sound Hub was set up to provide expert music tuition to young people in Stanley at a subsidised cost. The project provides access to instruments, with drum and guitar tutors providing high-quality teaching and mentoring to the Sound Hub’s young members every Saturday morning. A key aim of the project is to ensure that cost of lessons and equipment does not prevent young people in the local area accessing the benefits that music can bring.

Since being set-up in 2017, Sound Hub Project has also included the opportunity for young people to perform their skills to live audience. A number of live gig nights, both at The Activity Den and further afield, have seen the Sound Hub Members show off their musical skills to packed audiences – building self-confidence and social networks between the young people.

Earlier this year, BBC North East and Cumbria reported on the project, interviewing the young members about how much the project meant to them.

The Project’s music tutor, Shaun Henderson, says, “This funding creates a wonderful opportunity to provide these young people, who are just bursting with potential, with inspiration through first rate tutors and musicians from across the North-East. As the children improve their instrumental and musical skills they also develop communication, confidence and essential people skills.”

Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation says, “We are delighted to help funding the Stanley  Sound Hub project at The Activity Den for the next two years. Access to music education is at the core if what we do and often it is comprised by the geographical location. By supporting this programme we would like to encourage the young aspiring musicians of Stanley and County Durham in their musical journey. Every Saturday they will have the chance to have guitar and drums lessons at a reduced cost by some of the top professionals. We hope this award will help in the reviving of the music scene in the area.”

The Den are extremely grateful to Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation and County Durham Community Foundation for their financial support and are looking forward to seeing the progression of our members over the next few years as a direct result of this contribution.

Stanley Sound Hub is on every Saturday morning at The Activity Den, Tanfield Lea from 10am to 12pm, for young people aged 10 and up. No musical experience is necessary. For more information about the project, contact us on Facebook, Twitter or at