Awards joy for stage school
A NORTH-EAST stage school and charity has been announced as a finalist in a national funding project.
Music 4 U is one of five groups in the North Scotland category that has reached the final of the People’s Project 2018.
The scheme, which is now in its 13th year, is a collaboration between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery.
Community groups are competing for up to £50,000 of funding.
Music 4 U offers artistic opportunities to a wide range of young people, aged between 16 and 25, including those with physical and learning disabilities.
Debbie Kirkness, founder and director of the group, said: “I founded Music 4 U back in 2003 and we became a charity in 2005.
“All of our funding comes from applications and doing our own funding in-house.
“We support people across all walks of life, including people with learning and physical disabilities.”
Debbie said the group received funding from another National Lottery project, Awards for All, and it was from that they were invited to apply for the People’s Project.
The group was announced as one of the finalists for the region on Thursday.
Debbie said: “We got through stages one and two and then we learned that we were finalists.
“I was thrilled when I discovered that we had made it through to the finals of the project.
“I’m especially over the moon for all the young people who are part of the project.”
Music 4 U is now looking to develop and stage a production called Music From Yesteryear, which will be performed in residential homes, day centres and children’s hospitals.
Debbie has said that if the project is successful, she would like to see the money help kick-start music careers for some of the young people at Music 4 U.
She said: “A few of the guys we’ve got are fantastic entertainers and I was so excited for them.
“If we win this could lead to amazing things for them.”
To vote for Music 4 U in the People’s Project 2018 visit bit.ly/2h1te7f
talent: Music 4 U supports children and young adults with disabilities.