Young People Launch BIG Music Project in London

27 February 2014

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On Monday 17 February 2014, nine young people from Scotland joined more than 150 other young people from across the UK to kick start The Big Music Project by going behind the scenes at The BRITs at London's O2.

Supported by chart-topping artists Plan B and Chase & Status and Marvin Humes, The Big Music Project (TBMP) is a £4 million initiative funded by The Big Lottery Fund and organised by UK Youth, BPI and Capital FM, that will encourage young people into education and training to broaden horizons, change lives and transform communities through the power of music. In Scotland this opportunity is provided through Youth Scotland.

The official launch event, hosted at the British Music Experience in The O2, saw young people from across the UK assemble for workshops and Q&A panels with industry insiders and celebrities. 

Preparations are underway to take The Big Music Project on tour later in the year with a series of regional careers fairs and a national music competition.  The project also includes a work experience and internship scheme hosted on an online hub www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk.

Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said:

"The Big Music Project is all about inspiring young people from Scotland and across the UK to fulfil their potential and achieve their personal goals. It is just one of a number of initiatives The Big Lottery Fund is backing that aim to empower young people to shape their own futures and to play an active role in their communities."

Lois Marshall, Youth Active Development Worker at Youth Scotland said:

"The BIG Music project is offering some fantastic opportunities in Scotland and youth music projects across the country will be getting support. There are a wide range of opportunities available, including training, education and personal development and Youth Scotland is really looking forward to supporting BIG Music Hubs and the young people involved."