Young Scots get creative with £340k funding boost

The Kingdom of Fife has a proud musical tradition producing a string of successful bands from The Proclaimers to King Creosote.  Now new generations of young musicians have the chance to fine-tune their skills in a recording studio after Young Start funding.

Thanks to the award of £49,350, Heart and Sound , based in Dunfermline, will be able to continue to run their project, set in a community recording studio, which allows young people interested in music and film to record videos and band demos.  They will work with up to 300 local youngsters developing their creative talents in free weekly workshops giving them the opportunity to express themselves as an artist, songwriter, sound engineer or film producer.

Making music in the studio
Making music in the studio

Steven Chalmers, Manager, Heart and Sound, said, “The Young Start grant will enable us to continue to engage with young people and build their confidence by running a cutting edge media and recording studio that enables young people to learn new skills in an environment that is relevant and exciting.  This funding has given us a one of a kind project in the area that allows young people to run and manage a recording studio, creating volunteering opportunities and experiences that raise self-esteem and develop 21st century skill sets including filmography, sound engineering and web based media.”

Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD), will use their award of £50,000 to run a unique project designed to forge strong links between younger and older people in rural Perthshire.

The group will set up an intergenerational advisory group who  will agree and deliver a plan of activities such as a Skype Club and an afternoon tea circle, each specially designed for the different age groups to showcase and share their skills and knowledge.

Ann Bailey, Senior Youth Worker, SCYD, said, “Young Start funding for the “Happy to Help” project will enable us to work with many young and older people, helping them to break down barriers from all sides and to learn from each other. The world experienced by today’s young people is dramatically different to that of their grandparents and this joint journey of exploration and learning will be both fun and fulfilling.”

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said, “Young Start helps ensure that Scotland’s next generation has the best possible start in life.   All of today’s seven successful projects share that ambition, so I am delighted to announce this latest investment  totalling £341,534.

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