Creative Scotland grant for group

AN inventory of musical activities available for young people throughout Angus is to be drawn up following a grant of £10,000 from Creative Scotland.

Following on from the incredibly successful Bon Scott Festival, which saw AC/DC fans from all over the world celebrating in Kirriemuir, community group DD8 Music - which organised the festival - received some other good news.

Chairman Graham Galloway said: “We have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Creative Scotland to oversee the setting up of an Angus wide Youth Music Forum. The forum will allow both formal and informal providers of musical activities for young people to work together, share resources and apply for funding as a much stronger county wide group.”

An initial meeting to discuss the formation of a Youth Music Forum took place in January, and since then the group has worked on its funding application.

Graham continued: “The £10,000 is not specially for DD8 Music - we were the facilitator for applying for the funding. The money will go towards the Youth Music Forum and we are proposing that, initially, it goes towards a co-ordinator to get things going.

“The main thing we will do in the first year is carry out a survey of all music provision in Angus for young people.

“It will allow us to find out exactly what is happening, to find where the gaps and overlaps are so we can start working together.

“We hope to produce a unified approach to what is happening throughout the county.”

Graham explained Angus is one of the last areas in the country to have a Youth Music Forum.

He continued: “There are Youth Music Forums in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. Creative Scotland is quite flexible and they have all taken different forms.

“Aberdeen is quite heavily involved in its youth festival every year, Edinburgh in tuition. It will be up to the committee of the Angus Forum to make a decision as to what route we will take.”

Groups which will be involved in the survey are those who cater for young people aged up to 25.

It will cover a broad range of interests, from baby rhythm classes to guitar tutors.

A meeting is being held next Thursday (May 17) at 7 pm in Angus House, Orchardbank Industrial Estate, Forfar. to discuss the formation of a committee and the plan to recruit members into the forum.

Anyone who is involved in the provision of musical activities to young people in Angus (ages 0-25), and young people themselves are welcome to go along and have their say.

If anyone can’t make the meeting, but would still like to be involved, they should email their thoughts to dd8music@hotmail.co.uk or telephone Graham on 07900 490959.