It has taken more than a year of pipe-dreaming, plotting and planning for the Leeds Music Hub to finally get off the ground.
But now, the not-for-profit organisation is preparing to move into its brand new headquarters in Headingley, providing a meeting and teaching space for musicians of all ages and abilities.
The base, described by director Kate Zezulka as a “one stop shop for musicians”, will include three teaching rooms and a workshop room for seminars and groups.
There will also be a cafe and social area; a local music and ticket shop and artwork exhibitions.
Kate, who studied music at Leeds University and now teaches the classical guitar, said: “Traditionally, music focuses on reading notes and practising scales, but for some people, that can take the joy out of learning.
“We’re aiming to focus on the practical side rather than the academic side and make music fun.”
The hub, on Wood Lane in Headingley, will be open on a ‘drop-in’ basis five days a week and has been funded by UnLtd, Leeds City Council and Leeds University.
Although the initial idea was Kate’s, she has received help from fellow musicians including Owen Brinley, Lindsay Wilson, Tommy Davidson and Katie Harkin.
Lindsay’s boyfriend Tom Hudson is the lead singer in up-and-coming Leeds band Pulled Apart By Horses and she often tours with the band, with the group using their experience of different music scenes to develop the hub.
Although Kate is a musician and a music tutor, she didn’t actually come up with the idea for the hub while practicing or teaching – she was brushing her teeth.
She added: “I wondered if it was a good idea and thought about it for six months, and when I told other people about it; I was re-assured by how positive they were.
“We’ve had a few minor catastrophes along the way. The sale of the premises actually fell through the first time but we managed to buy it second time round.
“The ‘one stop shop’ is something I think is really needed in Leeds and the feedback I’ve had so far has been overwhelming.”
* For more information, visit: www.theleedsmusichub.co.uk