As a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation we are humbled by and proud of the recognition we’ve received. Started in 2013, A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) began as an event that uses the ukulele as a conduit to foster connections across communities through music and participation. Our festival has evolved to include many events across the festival week and at other points in the year but our goals remain the same. We all give hundreds of hours of our own time every year to produce arts & music events that inspire the best in people. We are thankful for the opportunity and are always happy to have new people join our team.
We've Received a Few Awards and Accolades Over the Years
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
In 2017, we received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. In a piece about the awards, the Yorkshire Post had this to say about the awards:
The awards, honouring the contribution which voluntary organisations make to society, are not for single acts or brave, bold gestures. They are for the ongoing efforts of tireless volunteers in building community relations, eradicating loneliness and creating a better society.
Epic Award for England from Voluntary Arts
In 2018 we were invited to Dublin to be presented with the Epic Award for England from Voluntary Arts. The award recognises the work of volunteer-led arts organisations. Our whole team was chuffed to bits to win it (especially as there is only one given out each year in the whole of England!)
Duke of York Community Initiative Award
In 2019, we were given the Duke of York Community Initiative Award. This non-monetary award is given to groups to recognise excellence in voluntary work in Yorkshire and to encourage growth through networking, mentoring and workshops. The award lasts for 5 years and we are excited about the possibilities. We are thankful for the support and hope to use this award to continue supporting exciting new work in the region!
Best Ukulele Festival in the UKE Magazine Awards
In 2016, we were named, “Best Ukulele Festival” in the inaugural UKE Magazine/Got A Ukulele Awards. The shortlist consisted of some of our favourite festivals and the award was decided by a public vote. We are massive fans of both UKE Magazine and the Got a Ukulele website and we were (again) chuffed to bits to receive the award.
We Were Yorkshire Post's - Pick of the Bank Holiday Weekend!
While not an award, we were properly pleased to receive this accolade. We were the top pick for the region on a busy bank holiday weekend. When our festival was still in late May, we were the Yorkshire Post’s number 1, “Pick of the Best Music”.