Tees Music Alliance (TMA), a music charity established in 1986 to serve the needs of emerging, original musicians living and working across the Tees, has been awarded a grant of £48,500 by Arts Council England as part of the Culture Recovery Fund.

TMA’s primary focus is to build a thriving live music scene in Teesside, underpinned with a strong sense of social responsibility.

TMA’s CEO, Paul Burns, says, “We feel extremely fortunate to receive continuation funding from the Culture Recovery Fund – especially as the music sector has taken such a bashing from Covid-19 during the last two years. We’ll be using this money to invest in local artists and to maintain a programme of activity for our loyal audiences. We’re also very grateful that our expertise in talent development has been recognised by this award.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, adds, “This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives.”

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