7digital supports Youth Music's Give a Gig Week
Youth Music, the charity that supported Rizzle Kicks, Laura Mvula and rising grime star Elf Kid along the path to success is now calling on music lovers, musicians, promoters and venues across the nation to put on a fundraising gig between 24-31 March 2017.
‘Without Youth Music we wouldn’t have got to where we are today, honestly! We’re supporting Give a Gig ‘cause we want others to have the same opportunities for making music that we did.’ Rizzle Kicks
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances, including poverty, homelessness, bullying and mental health issues. The charity supports more than 350 projects across England each year. That’s around 75,000 children and young people regularly making music.
But there’s so much more to do.
Give a Gig is Youth Music’s flagship fundraising initiative. In March 2017, it’s your big chance to make a difference. It’ll be a nationwide music-making extravaganza, with the charity aiming to have 100 gigs happening in this one week.
Gigs can take place anywhere: living rooms, local pubs, legendary music venues or more unusual spaces. One band, The Monotones, plan to stream gigs live from all Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Pennines!
Getting involved is easy - Youth Music offers a useful support pack with advice on planning and promoting gigs, as well as an online poster generator for creating publicity materials. Sign up at www.giveagig.org.uk
"We're really excited about Give a Gig Week," says Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music. “The money raised from the 100 gigs across the country will ensure that young people experiencing challenges in their lives can regularly make music. Musicians, bands and those making music for fun know first-hand the personal and social benefits of music-making and how it can help overcome really difficult situations. I urge you to get involved and put on a gig so that many more young people have that opportunity too. "
“We all know what a positive impact music can have on young people and Youth Music really do change lives by providing fantastic opportunities to make music. At 7digital, we’re proud to support Give a Gig Week and the next generation of performing artists that Youth Music helps on their way” – Simon Cole, CEO, 7digital.