Brass Funkeys, Jocee, Ollie Howell and the National Youth Orchestra have all announced they will be supporting this year’s Give a Gig Week with exclusive shows across London. In addition, YolanDa Brown, Chair of Youth Music, will be supporting Give a Gig Week via a show in Sydney. Give a Gig Week is Youth Music’s flagship fundraising initiative, Youth Music supports 350 music-making projects across the country for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.
Award-winning percussionist, composer and Youth Music Ambassador, Ollie Howell, said: “I know from personal experience how music can change lives and I want to help Youth Music in whatever way I can to bring music to more young people in a way that will transform their lives. I’ve seen the charity’s work at first hand myself when I visited a project supported by Youth Music. It was clear not only how much the young participants were enjoying their music but also how much of a difference it is making to their lives. I’m delighted to be playing at 606 Club as part of Give a Gig Week to support this great work.”
Shows confirmed as follows:
Brass Funkey’s at Ronnie Scotts – 18 March, tickets available here
Jocee at Ronnie Scott’s – 25 March, tickets available here
Ollie Howell at 606 Club – 19 March, tickets available here
National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 229 The Venue – 21 March, tickets available here
Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation has also announced a charity partnership with Youth Music that will see them collaborate on two music projects, one in South East London and one in Leicester. ‘Change the Soundtrack’ is a project in Deptford, South East London provided by Second Wave Youth Arts and focussed on providing singing and songwriting workshops for young women in challenging circumstances. Cosmopolitan Arts, based in a deprived area of Leicester, has engaged more than fifty 10-16 year olds in a programme aimed at inspiring more young people to play musical instruments.
In addition to the jazz shows, Newton Faulkner, Craig David, Pixie Lott, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Frisco, Dream Wife, Tiggs Da Author, Femme and ShaoDow have all pledged their support for Give a Gig Week 2018. Give a Gig Week takes place from 16 – 25 March; last year’s initiative saw over 330 acts taking part in 119 gigs in venues across the country. The charity is calling for more musicians to join the week-long celebration of live music and fundraising.
Give a Gig Week will be a nationwide music-making extravaganza, with the charity aiming to have at least 100 fundraising gigs taking place. Gigs can take place anywhere: be it a living room, the local pub, arena or a more unusual space. Getting involved is easy – anyone who is planning to put on a gig should register it at www.giveagig.org.uk where they will find a range of resources to help them make their gig an unmissable event, including guides on planning, publicising and fundraising.
Give a Gig Week takes place nationwide from 16 – 25 March, 2018. To register your gig visit www.giveagig.org.uk
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