Fund­ing is mu­sic to the ears of city youth groups

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY KIERAN BEATTIE

Youth groups and projects from across the city have been granted al­most £85,000 from an Aberdeen City Coun­cil ini­tia­tive set up in place of the Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Fes­ti­val (AIYF).

Last night 15 youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and five young­sters were given a to­tal of £84,202 from the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s £100,000 Year of Young Peo­ple fund.

The pot, which was set up fol­low­ing the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to with­draw its an­nual fund­ing to the decades­old AIYF in Novem­ber, was made avail­able to cel­e­brate the 2018 Year of Young Peo­ple.

A range of grants, from £750 all the way up to £10,000, have been given to a large va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent projects through­out Aberdeen.

One of the re­cip­i­ents is the Print­field Com­mu­nity Project, which will use a £5,745 grant to put on a mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

Amanda Pirie, youth work co­or­di­na­tor for the project, said: “We do a lot for lo­cal young peo­ple, but this will be the first time we will be able to do some­thing like this and we couldn’t be more ex­cited.

“This money will re­ally make a dif­fer­ence, it’s just fab­u­lous.”

The vice-pres­i­dent of Aberdeen Univer­sity Jazz, Fin­ley Camp­bell, said his or­gan­i­sa­tion will use their £7,450 of fund­ing to or­gan­ise a fes­ti­val, and even per­form in schools around the city to en­cour­age more young­sters to discover mu­sic.

Mr Camp­bell, 18, said: “We’re re­ally, re­ally grate­ful to be able to ac­cess this kind of money.”

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

HIT­TING THE RIGHT NOTE: From left, Marie Main, 10, Coun­cil­lor Lesley Dun­bar, Kate Davidson, Chelsea Mid­dle­ton, 12, Ash­lin Irvine, 13, and Fin­ley Camp­bell.

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