Grab a great op­por­tu­nity

Ayrshire Post - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

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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