Early Hurly Burly music project nominated for award

The shortlist has been announced for the National Campaign for the Arts' (NCA) Hearts For The Arts Awards 2018. The awards celebrate the work of Councils, Councillors and Council Officers who have overcome financial challenges to ensure the arts stay at the centre of community life.

Herefordshire Council has been nominated for Best Local Authority Arts Initiative for the West Midlands, Early Hurly Burly project. This is an Early Years music project for children aged under five and their families, led by a partnership of twelve West Midlands library services and music organisations.

Nominations were received for awards in four categories: Best Local Authority Arts Initiative, Best Local Authority Arts Champion - Councillor, Best Local Authority Arts Champion - Officer, and Best Local Authority Arts Project Encouraging Community Cohesion. This year the campaign received more nominations than ever before and from all four UK nations.

The shortlist was judged by representatives from this year’s partners in the awards: UK Theatre, Arts Development UK, Culture Counts, the Local Government Association, and What Next?.

Discussing the nomination, Arts Development UK said the project was “An effective partnership between libraries and the music sector, led by a local authority”.

The 2018 Hearts For The Arts Awards are delivered by the NCA and UK Theatre, in partnership with Culture Counts, the Local Government Association (LGA), Arts Development UK (ADUK) and What Next?.

The winners of the Hearts For The Arts Awards 2018 will be announced on Wednesday 14 February. The winners’ judges for the 2018 awards will be: Samuel West (Chair of the NCA), Rachel Wood (Arts Development Officer, Oldham Borough Council AND 2017 winner), Roy Williams, OBE (Playwright and NCA Board Member), Phillip Pullman (Author), David Lan (Playwright and Director), Josie Long (Comedian) and Maria Balshaw (Director of Tate).

For more information on the shortlisted nominees visit the Hearts for the Arts website

Published: Thursday, 18th January 2018