Creative Business Award Cements Nerve Centre’s ‘Biggest’ Year

Creative Business Award Cements Nerve Centre’s ‘Biggest’ Year

Nerve Centre continued to pick up the plaudits for an outstanding 2013 at the recent Derry~Londonderry Business Awards, clinching the prestigious Creative Industries Business of the Year accolade for its extensive work throughout the year.

Co-hosted by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Initiative, the award was presented at the City Hotel, recognising the 120,000 people a year benefitting from Nerve Centre’s wide-ranging programme of arts events, cutting edge digital projects, creative learning centres, training opportunities and state-of-the-art production facilities.

The judges acknowledged Nerve Centre’s skill, creativity and innovation in delivering world-class services for its customer base while taking into account the drive behind the business and the challenges faced to date.

2013/14 saw Nerve Centre cement its place as the leading creative media arts centre in Northern Ireland, significantly its local, regional and international reach with a core programme of music education creating 12 first time recording stars through Music Hothouse and exposing young musicians to 5,300 gig goers over 30 weeks of the SYNC initiative.

A myriad of projects also played a crucial role in the City of Culture 2013. Nerve Centre helped deliver the Picturing Derry, Beyond the Walls and Willie Doherty UNSEEN exhibitions as well as producing the Digital Book of Kells and learning resources highlighting the life and legacy of Colmcille, plus much more.

In addition Culture NI’s digital partnership with Culture Company reached 500,000 internet users per week, earning recognition for Best Use of Digital/Social Media at both this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism and Belfast Telegraph Business awards.

Pearse Moore, Nerve Centre Chief Executive, said: ‘The scope of people benefitting from our staff’s hard work, passion and creative flair on a yearly basis is simply unique, and even more so throughout 2013 with a significant expansion in our activities. To be commended in this way is a great achievement.’

Other highlights included:

• BBC Radio 1 Academy in May, with more than 5,500 young people filing through the Nerve Centre’s doors.

• City of Culture musician in residence Neil Cowley playing with local musicians and singers at packed gigs at the Nerve Centre, St Augustine’s and the Guildhall.

• Recording more than 1,000 musicians and singers, of all ages and abilities, as part of the ambitious Resonate project.

• The month long Cinema City film programme in November, including award-winning directors Danny Boyle and Paul Greengrass.

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