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Scottish Music Centre

Scottish Music Centre was awarded £52,450 to deliver their project from May 2018 to April 2019

Young people with care experience have told us that they would love more opportunities to be active and have fun, developing their interests and trying out new things in areas such as music, art, sport and crafts. The Creative and Active Lives funding initiative was created with this in mind.

The funding will support young people with care experience to increase their social networks, skills and improve their health. These projects all have young people at their heart, as the Trust works with organisations that create opportunities for young people to design and lead programmes themselves. The Trust awarded a total of £1,746,170 to fourteen Creative and Active Lives projects across Scotland.

The Scottish Music Centre project provided music making activities for young people with care experience in Scotland, building their wellbeing through musical activities such as singing, song writing, music technology, instrument tuition and DJ’ing.

Using expert music tutors and youth workers, weekly music tuition workshops were held to teach young people how to develop their own sound, make music videos and promote their own music. As well as being taught various instruments, each participant was also supported to express themselves and enjoy a group environment. Dedicated mentor support was provided, with tuition taking place within residential care as well as professional music facilities. The programme also included talks from industry experts on employability skills, production and writing.

As a result of this project, young people with care experience have been supported to develop skills, write CVs and gain vital experience within the creative industries, opening up new possibilities for their futures. Beyond that, for those young people who want to take the next step on their career path, Scottish Music Centre will continue to support them through their first steps in performance and/or work.

Read more about the Scottish Music Centre