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New Deputy Director for Music4U

09 June 2008

Samantha Sumerfield has been appointed Deputy Director for Music4U - the Humber Region's Youth Music Action Zone.

The Zone, which was established in 2001, is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils runs music activities across the region for young people up to the age of 18. During this period it has worked with over 22,000 young people in the region, many of whom never had the opportunity to make music.

Music4U's focus over the next few years will include - training more community musicians to deliver music projects in the region, giving young people the chance to develop rock and dj-ing skills and perform in high profile regional music festival and working with special needs young people giving them the opportunity to make music using digital equipment.

Samantha was thrilled to accept this newly created post: "I am delighted to be taking up this challenging post. There is a lot of potential for music projects to make a real difference to young people in the area, which is demonstrated by Music4U's previous success and I'm very excited about building on these achievements with the activities we have planned for the year ahead and beyond."

Sam, who lives in Hessle in the East Riding of Yorkshire, has worked in the Arts for ten years. She has been part of the Arts Development Team at Hull City Council and worked regularly with young people. During this period she managed Hull's part in the 2006 Region-wide Illuminate Festival and also set up and ran the annual TwoWeekends Dance Festival.

In her freelance capacity she supported last year's Gagaku Ancient Japanese Music and Dance event in Hull and has overseen the Respect Youth Music Mentoring Scheme for Music4U which has been set up by Youth Music.

Music4U Director, Delma Tomlin, welcomed Samantha on board: "Samantha's extensive experience of working across the region with young people and for a wide range of different organisations will make a huge difference to the strength of the Music4U team in the Humber Region and enable our plans for the future to grow quickly."

In Samantha's spare time she is an active member of the Hull & East Yorkshire branch of Junior Chamber International, a worldwide personal development and networking organisation for people in their 20s and 30s, for whom she is organising the Yorkshire area Regional Awards event and managing its debating and public speaking training. Samantha's weekends are also taken up with supporting Hull City.

More information about Music4U can be found on the website at or on myspace at


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Editors Notes:

Music4U is the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at

Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. More info is available at . Since the creation of the first Youth Music Action Zone in 2000, the concept has been rolled out over 24 regions across England and Wales, some of which are now in their sixth year of operation. With a remit to support music-making activities for some of the UK's most disadvantaged young people, Youth Music Action Zones have gone on to reach over 230,000 children and young people, encouraging their talents, building their confidence and transforming the landscape of musical opportunity throughout the UK. The music making supported is of the widest variety, from hip-hop and dj-ing to classical and jazz.