AN organisation which aims to make music accessible to all has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its shop's refurbishment.

Core Music, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is hoping to raise £7,500.

All funds raised will be spent on refreshing the music tuition rooms, studio and rehearsal spaces at their shop on Gilesgate, as well as redecorating and recarpeting the remaining rooms, improving the seating and 'bringing to life' their honesty cafe.

Core Music, which was established in 2008, have recently expanded and opened up the shop. Its ground floor was previously split into four rooms.

Mike Coleman, founder of Core Music, said: "Since the pandemic began, like many other small businesses, we have been doing all they can to survive, and so far, thanks to the generosity of funding, grants and donations, we are still here

"No matter how small your donation, you can be assured that every single penny will help."

Chair of the Board, Owain Bennett, said: "It's a bold move to crowd fund, but we know that the Tyne Valley wouldn't be the same without Core.

"We believe that with this investment, we can really improve our centre and the experience that people have when they come to us.

"We are shouting out to local businesses to secure some bigger donations, whether that be a cash donation, time, knowledge, or equipment, and we know what a real difference this will make to the many people who use us."

Core Music offers professional tutoring and studio and rehearsal space, in addition to free advice on what to play and help to buy instruments and equipment.

Working alongside Mike at Core Music is Paul Susans, who has joined the team to create new workshops and introduce new activities and events, as well as Dean Parker and Dan Ward.

They also have a team of 15 independent music tutors, and are supported by a large number of volunteers.

To donate to their campaign, visit