At risk music service saved by Lincoln organisation

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A popular county music organisation which was at risk of folding has been saved by a Lincoln group in the nick of time.

Music:Link, the music information service for Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, has been running since 1986, providing monthly 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.

The service had faced the threat of closure after failing to find new committee members earlier this year.

Not-for-profit Lincoln music organisation SoundLincs has now stepped in to continue to provide the service.

The group os also looking to develop new additions, such as a new Facebook group where organisations and individuals can share their events.

Keith Jobling, Chairman of Music:Link said: “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: “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.