#DigitalTenderness - 1st Edition 2021

#DigitalTenderness is a programme of activity launched during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic by Tees Music Alliance to look at the pastoral needs of local people.

Although the worst of the pandemic is (hopefully) now behind us, the damage it did to our society is still evident and people are still affected by it. 

To offset some of the impacts upon the well being of local people, Tees Music Alliance refocussed some of its creative capacity to provide a programme to enable local people to connect with others and to engage in activities.

The links below illustrate the programme we ran in 2021.

For the current #DigitalTenderness programme, please click the menu link above.



#DigitalTenderness is a programme of activity launched by Tees Music Alliance to look at the pastoral needs of local people.

#DigitalTenderness also aims to increase levels of well-being amongst our creative community - artists, promoters, stage crews and the people who support our events.  

It originally ran at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic presenting online activities or those which were possible with strict social distancing.  

A second edition of the project is now running between Autumn 2022 and late spring 2023 but with a programme of face to face activity running alongside an online programme.

This aspect of our work has been kindly funded under the Social Enterprise Support Fund by National Lottery Community Fund and The Key Fund - made possible by the generosity of National Lottery players.

care pack #1

Care Packages

Our care packages were shipped to all points around the Tees Valley and proved very popular - packed with a range of goodies to spread a little bit of cheer during the difficult times endured through the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.


colour book

We (heart) Our Venues Colouring In Book

As part of our Digital Tenderness project we reached out to venues from across the Tees Valley to create a very special colouring in book, in their honour. 

Nine images of the music venues that were all closed at the time were created by some brilliant artists from across the region.  Check them out HERE.

As part of #DigitalTenderness our chef / mentor, Matty Brown, prepared and delivered over 1,000 dinners to people that otherwise may not have had access to a nutritious hot meal.

Click on the video link to find out more...

Songwriter Zoom

Songwriter Workshops

The pandemic was tough for our musical community, not being able to come together and bounce creative ideas off each other - not to mention being unable to earn their living by gigging and touring.

We brought some of the areas finest songwriters in to lead a series of online workshops; aimed at inspiring and enthusing emerging artists - and having a bit of fun at the same time.

Lunch Sessions

Our venue had been lacking in real live music for most of the time between March 2020 and May 2021, due to #Lockdown restrictions.  So we decided to bring a group of talented artists into our building to record some performances under covid secure conditions.

It was good to hear some live music ringing around the old place.  You can see what we did HERE

Atlas Cover

We've developed our Musician's Atlas to be a concise yet jam packed guide to today's music industry - using the knowledge of a group of north east based professionals; each living and breathing the jobs that they love.

We hope that it will inform and inspire music activists to put these hints, tips and experiences to good use - and confidently stride out on their own music industry path.

...just click HERE for our audio version - or to download a PDF.


no borders

Our special #DigitalTenderness edition of No Borders 'zine is available to read now... we can send you a paper copy via the post - just email us at hello@teesmusicalliance.org.uk and ask for one to be sent to you... remember to give us your address.

If you can't wait that long, a pdf is available for downloading HERE

Radio Stockton

Our #DigitalTenderness presenters took over www.radiostockton.uk for a series of shows covering all manner of genres and conversations - you can listen back to them here https://www.mixcloud.com/radiostockton/


Big Society Capital
Key Fund
Lottery Funded Arts Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Supported by prs foundation
Youth Music