Fund 1 Year of Music Workshops for Young People – £8,500

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

Amplify offers music workshops to young people aged 11-16yrs, with free tuition available on Drums, Guitars and Vocals. It also gives them the chance to take part in live-playing workshops and performance opportunities as a band and the opportunity to work towards a recognised Bronze Arts Award. Amplify has been running now for 3 years and the group supports 30 young people in challenging circumstances each year. The working project model is also ready to be replicated in more Gorton locations to extend our reach.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

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