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About The Bunker

The Bunker is an organisation which aims to develop music and arts in the City of Sunderland. As an entity which for over 30 years has acted as a platform for thousands of musicians and artists, many of whom have been catapulted to national and international stages, The Bunker is well recognised as a unique force, providing a creative outlet for youth in Sunderland and contributed significantly to the North East region’s cultural economy.

In 2011, The Bunker’s recording and rehearsal facilities continue to act as base for hundreds of bands. The organisation also delivers training, development and career guidance on a range of music/arts-related topics to budding musicians and young people in Sunderland.

We engage hard to reach learners and run music related projects for people from minority groups or problematic backgrounds, who may otherwise not consider education/training as a route to employment. We aim to provide advice and support to build confidence and help people use music towards a positive outcome, whether this results in a career in the arts or other vocations.

We aim to raise awareness and tackle cultural barriers through interactive music projects, and explore the usage of music in helping the recuperation or treatment of people suffering illness or disabilities. Free rehearsal and recording facilities are available for people from Sunderland who otherwise would not be able to afford to use our services.

Welcome to The Bunker: We are music.

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Testimonials

“I would just like to thank you for all of your hard work at the BAFTA workshop, everything went according to plan and the students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Without your help and support the event could not have happened.” - Jackie Irving, Education and Community Engagement Manager, Sunderland Software City
“Generator has partnered with The Bunker since 2004 to bring a number of live events and unique training opportunities for emerging artists and businesses involved in the music industry. This valuable relationship enables both of our organisations to continue to develop music in Sunderland and throughout the North East.” - Jim Mawdsley (CEO at Generator)
“Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it! - Peter Brewis, Field Music
“The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it’s better than ever. It’s soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without […] - Barry Hyde, The Futureheads
“The Bunker is such an important player in the Sunderland music scene and are always there when we need them. Their experience is invaluable and the quality of their work is second to none.” - Ben Wall, Independent

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