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.
Music 101 offers heavily subsidised group instrument tuition to children who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to access it. However, some children that we work with come from families in desperate circumstances and simply cannot access the sessions. The Music 101 bursary enables 20 children living in poverty to access group instrument tuition each year.
Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.
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