Funding to boost Lowestoft’s young musicians

The Rock Up project. Pictures: Simon Lee Photography

The Rock Up project. Pictures: Simon Lee Photography - Credit: Archant

Young musicians in Lowestoft will be able to Rock Up and develop their skills this summer thanks to new funding.

The Rock Up project. Pictures: Simon Lee Photography

The Rock Up project. Pictures: Simon Lee Photography - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Community Foundation has awarded crucial funds to boost arts charity Suffolk Artlink's Rock Up project.

They will benefit from a working together award of £2,000 and a bluebell grant of £2,030 – two funding schemes run by Suffolk Community Foundation.

Suffolk Artlink have been running Rock Up since September 2016. The new funds allow the arts charity to continue providing regular sessions for young musicians during the summer months.

Rock Up offers young people in Lowestoft a range of ways to develop their musical interests and talents during weekly music sessions at Colville House Senior Youth Club in School Road. Music students are supported by professional music tutors at each session and are given the chance to pick up an instrument and play alongside other young musicians.

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Through taking part in one-to-one tuition, band practice, public performances and digital showcases, the students develop their skills and confidence as well as having the opportunity to work towards an Arts Award.

Candida Wingate, Suffolk Artlink project officer, said: 'We are delighted that this funding will enable us to provide young musicians with opportunities to make their own music and showcase their work.

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'Every week we witness amazing changes in our students' lives as they enjoy the many benefits of making music together. As their creative and musical talents grow, so do their confidence and life skills.'

Andrea Pittock, grants manager at Suffolk Community Foundation, said: 'It is a pleasure to deliver the working together awards on behalf of Suffolk County Council.'

Tim Holder, Development Director at Suffolk Community Foundation added: 'Suffolk Artlink is leading the way in harnessing the power of the arts to address a wide variety of social and personal challenges that people face. Their Rock Up project is a fantastic example of how this works so well, connecting young people in Lowestoft with a subject that they are passionate about.'

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