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£4,300 – MICRO FUND – FEB 2017

This application was to run a series of rock, jazz and pop music workshops. The business would take a 4-piece band into 15 schools and educate, enthuse and inspire through a structured concert / workshop tackling a wide variety of music genres. Pupils would be encouraged to take part through singing, percussion and movement. The aim was to promote Welsh music and Wales’ rich musical heritage and to encourage a love of music and the arts in a safe and controlled environment

The applicant had strong links with many schools and teachers in the Rhondda and Cynon valleys and had researched opportunities thoroughly, identifying a clear gap in the market for this kind of activity. As well as supporting a local business – and the sessional musicians brought in to deliver sessions – this programme would reach many young people, inspiring and enthusing them, and enabling them to undertake activities that would not otherwise be available.

We took a four-piece band into 15 primary schools and worked with over 2,000 children. We introduced and talked about instruments and taught them parts to perform vocally. I feel that we inspired a number of pupils to think about taking up an instrument. We were surprised in some schools by pupils who were innately musical, one girl in Park Lane Special School asked if she could sing with us and did so confidently with no hesitation or nerves. Their pride and the school’s delight were a joy to witness. Many of the teachers have benefitted from the experience which will have reminded them of the joy and value inherent in live performance and musical study.” Quote from Andy Mulligan – Hot Jam Music