Vote for Sunderland’s Bunker in national funding awards

Hannah Matterson (seated 2nd left) of The Bunker, Stockton Road, Sunderland, with some of the musicians who will be taking part in the Mackem Mash Up at Pop Recs, Fawcett Street. l-r Grace Patchett, Adrain Woodland, Toni Ross oin drum kit, Adam Crozier and Ceiran Braddock.
Hannah Matterson (seated 2nd left) of The Bunker, Stockton Road, Sunderland, with some of the musicians who will be taking part in the Mackem Mash Up at Pop Recs, Fawcett Street. l-r Grace Patchett, Adrain Woodland, Toni Ross oin drum kit, Adam Crozier and Ceiran Braddock.
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AN organisation which brings music to the masses has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

Thanks to its focus on increasing music and engagement opportunities in Sunderland, community interest company Monumental Music CIC has been shortlisted in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund Campaign.

Based at The Bunker, which has been at the heart of Sunderland’s music industry for more than 30 years, Monumental Music CIC runs outreach projects with groups such as young carers, recovering drug and alcohol addicts, refugees and asylum seekers, and older people through Age UK.

Monumental Music CIC was shortlisted for the community fund award from more than 1,400 causes in 350 communities and, if successful, will win up to £3,000 in funding. Hannah Matterson, community event organiser, The Bunker, said: “We applied for the Lloyds Community Fund as Monumental Music often can’t deliver the projects we do without some form of funding.

“Being shortlisted is a great achievement in itself, but to win a substantial amount of money would make a great difference to us as we are a small organisation.”

The funding will enable Monumental Music CIC to take a roadshow of music taster sessions to other youth clubs across the North East.

•To vote for Monumental Music, text ‘VOTE TPJ’ to 61119 or tweet TPJ #commfund. Or visit https://communityfund.lloydsbank.com.