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Lincolnshire Music Information Service Saved from Closure After 30 Years

MUSIC:LINK and soundLINCS Staff

Image (L-R): Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE (soundLINCS CEO), Keith Jobling (MUSIC:LINK Chairman), Teresa Elliott (soundLINCS), Sam Cullington (soundLINCS), Evelyn Jobling (MUSIC:LINK)

MUSIC:LINK, the music information service for Lincolnshire and the East Midlands running since 1986, has had its future secured by not-for-profit community music organisation soundLINCS.

The service provides monthly diaries of events as well as a membership directory of music teachers, venues and other members. It aims to make music more accessible and relevant to people across the region and promote interest, participation and study of all kinds of music. MUSIC:LINK also provides an essential ‘anti-clash’ diary enabling member venues to avoid putting on similar events at the same time.

It had faced the threat of winding up after failing to find new committee members earlier this year, but soundLINCS’ intervention will see MUSIC:LINK continue to provide the familiar and valued existing services, whilst also looking to develop its reach and influence through new additions, such as a new Facebook group where organisations and individuals can share their events, at www.facebook.com/groups/musiclink2016.

Keith Jobling, Chairman of MUSIC:LINK said: “We are delighted that soundLINCS has agreed to continue the running of MUSIC:LINK and secure what is an invaluable service for so many people. Since 1986 the annual directory, monthly diaries and now the website have been a fantastic resource for people in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands to take part in a variety of classical and non-classical events as both audience members and participants – and we hope to see it continue for many more years now under soundLINCS’ management.”

Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, soundLINCS CEO said: “It is the dedication, passion and the hard work of the committee that has made MUSIC:LINK a unique  and invaluable part of the music scene  within Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. When we heard that MUSIC:LINK was facing the threat of closure, we knew that we couldn’t let that happen. As an organisation and as a musician myself, we have been engaged and benefitting from MUSIC:LINK for as long as I can remember. There is a brilliant opportunity here to continue and build upon a resource used by hundreds of people every week.”

Membership signups for 2017 are open now for individuals and organisations, giving access to the directory and monthly diaries, opportunities to advertise services and events and the chance to connect with people passionate about music across the region. For more information visit www.music-link.org or www.soundlincs.org or email music-link@soundlincs.org.

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