Last month’s Link Live MCR gig, which was programmed and produced entirely by four young people from our Sing City project, raised an amazing £610. We’ll be able to double this (thanks to Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme) bringing the grand total to £1220!
Billy, Tom, Akira and Travis, aka Link Live, organised the event to showcase and give a platform to young artists from the city. They also wanted to give something back to Brighter Sound – who have supported their own creative journeys as musicians.
Regulars at Sing City (our weekly music sessions for 13-18 year olds), the group have direct experience of what music making opportunities can do for young people.
“It’s kind of like a stress relief from school and everything else that’s going on – I can get lost for an hour and a half every week and make music with others.”
“A rare opportunity to build confidence and belief”
“The main thing I’ve gotten out of coming to Sing City sessions is a sense of belonging somewhere.”
(Sing City musicians)
The gig, which took place at Band on the Wall on Wednesday 10 July, featured an eclectic line-up of Manchester artists including Rowan Lark, Oscar John & the Alchemists and The Monsoons.
With Billy and Tom on hosting duties, Travis DJing and Akira opening the night with his band Shadow Cabinet – not only did the group plan and produce the event – they also took centre stage themselves!
“A fantastic energy and buzz” was how one audience member described the night.
The event forms part of their Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification designed to develop arts and leadership skills.
Lucy Wallace, Brighter Sound said:
“We are incredibly proud of Billy, Tom, Akira and Travis for pulling off such a fantastic event! This is a brilliant example of young leaders stepping up and taking complete ownership of something – from an initial idea right through to leading and managing the night itself. They have all shown ambition, passion and determination, and have really bright futures ahead of them. I can’t wait to see what they do next!”
Billy from Link Live said:
“I really enjoyed my experience learning how to put on a successful event from the staff at Brighter Sound. While I was extremely anxious in the run up (it was my first!) I was assured that the hard work and meticulous planning we had done would be enough to make the night a success. I was relieved – to say the least – when everything ran smoothly. Finding out we had managed to raise so much money for Brighter Sound was the highlight of the night for me as it compounded all the hard work we had put in. The money we raised will serve to be invaluable to improving the lives of many young Manchester musicians.”
Just like Link Live, you can support the future of music by donating now.
Don’t delay! All donations received before 31 Aug will be doubled by Arts Council England.