We are thrilled to announce that we have secured Youth Music funding to run a new music project for our young residents who have been grappling with unemployment and homelessness. The project will be run in partnership with our long term partners Music in Devon Initiative (MIDI).
MIDI is a non-profit-making organisation which has been founded by a group of local musicians and music industry professionals. They develop emerging talent, increase opportunities for musicians and audiences, and generate business for the music industry in Devon.
Rebecca Fry, Fundraising Manager, at our Devon centre, Ashley Court, said
“Working with MIDI to encourage our residents to make music and be creative has been extraordinarily beneficial. It has helped them with articulating their emotions and frustrations alongside being a huge boost to their confidence and self-esteem. It is also a fantastic way of raising awareness amongst the general public of the struggles they have faced. We are absolutely thrilled to have secured this funding as it will allow us to develop the project further and provide more opportunities for our residents to showcase their work.”
The Amber Music Project is supported by Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people to develop personally and socially as well as musically.
The staff and residents at Amber recently celebrated the launch of their new project with a morning of music and creativity at Ashley Court. The event gave some of the participants a chance to perform some of their own material including the newly formed Amber residents band “Tinted Windows”. The event also featured performances by DJ Freddy Pimms and spoken word and looping artist Samantics who will both be teaching music at Amber this year. There was also a special performance by BBC Music Introducing act Louis J Walker plus Nick Tarbitt from Integrity Records delivered a talk on ways to make a living in the music industry.
Nick Yarnold from Crediton Boniface Rotary who attended the event found it very moving.
“I find that music is a great leveller – the event had such a wonderful atmosphere. The resident’s performances put tears in my eyes. What this project and MIDI has done for the residents at Amber is incredible.”
“it was good to see everyone so involved, whether they were listening or performing. The music really lifted everyone’s spirits that day.”
Hayden, another resident and guitarist of “Tinted Windows” feels that music is playing a big part in his recovery
“music has rescued me from my past life. I use it as a tool to express my feelings and emotions. Taking part in this project and being part of the band has improved my confidence and helped me make new friends.”
If you are interested in getting involved with the project Amber are looking for volunteers to support residents with a range of things including supporting residents to perform at events in the community. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Rebecca on [email protected] or 01769 582020 for more information.