Library music project up for national award

Stewart Parsons (second right), with the Get It Loud in Libraries team and folk duo The Civil Wars
Stewart Parsons (second right), with the Get It Loud in Libraries team and folk duo The Civil Wars

A music project that brought the likes of Adele, Florence and the Machine and Jessie J to Lancaster is striving for nationwide acclaim in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

Get It Loud In Libraries (GILIL) beat off competition from 620 organisations to reach the public voting stage in the awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

It is competing against six other organisations to be crowned the winner of the Arts category.

GILIL promotes and showcases new music acts from around the world; recently holding eight gigs at Lancaster Library. It also gives young people in the community an opportunity to develop their skills by producing films and studying rock journalism, broadcasting, photography and events management.

Stewart Parsons, from GILIL said: “We’re delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Lottery money has really helped us to showcase the best new music talent in our North West libraries, bring new audiences into libraries, and offer young people opportunities to learn new skills and build career pathways. We’re hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

To vote for Get It Loud In Libraries, go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, call 0844 836 9706 and follow the campaign on twitter: #NLAwards.