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There are lots of great opportunities available to musicians and creatives out there at the moment.
From assistance with touring costs to funding for younger musicians there are lots of opportunities worth checking out at the moment.
Creative Scotland are currently offering Access to Music Making funding as part of the Youth Music Initiative. The fund is all about helping to create and develop music making opportunities for young people aged outwith school time. Individuals and organisations can apply for up to £ 40k to create opportunities to access music making for young people.
There are varying levels of supply of music making opportunities within and out with schools across Ayrshire for young musicians and it’s imperative we regard the development of this as a priority. It can make all the difference to young musicians across Ayrshire. Certainly my feeling is that young people should always be able to access music education if they have a desire to do so.
The Scottish Government are keen to hear from those with a passion for culture and the arts across Scotland to contribute towards A Culture Strategy for Scotland. I often find there are many across Ayrshire with a great deal of experience and insight into the arts and that their insights could prove to be useful in terms of developing strategy . If you would like to share your thoughts on the Scottish Government conversation on culture you can do so by submitting your ideas toculturestrategy@ gov. scot
More funding now in the form of financial grants available for musicians ( and all other creatives) from Scotrail as part of the Scotrail Cultural and Arts Fund. Individuals and organisations can apply for up to a maximum of £ 2000 to go towards creative projects which benefit the community. The next deadline is the March 31 2018 so you’ve a while yet to get your applications in but as always would recommend sooner rather than later is always best.
Punk legends The Stranglers have announced a show at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock on the March 10 . One of the most creative, exciting and fun bands to come out of the UK The Stranglers are living legends. It’s fantastic they are coming to Ayrshire and this is a gig punk fans won’t want to miss. I was about 13 when I heard Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Peaches, and Something Better Change for the first time thanks to my mum’s records and The Stranglers were a revelation to me.
The energy, excitement and buzz I felt just blew me away. It was quite something being introduced to the music of Buzzcocks, The Clash and The Damned as a younger lad, it absolutely blew my mind. The Stranglers were a big deal to me even if being born in 1985 I came to being way after the punk era had been coined as being ‘ punk’ which is exactly when it ceased to be punk. The Stranglers have always been more than a punk band though; a band who shaped and defined the times, they are bona fide living legends and I expect the place to be bouncing. ‘ Til next week, @ LittleFire
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