Generous Grant keeps Music Alive in Elmbridge

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A project which hopes to encourage local teenagers to become involved in music has been given a helping hand from the John Lewis Partnership ‘Music Matters' grants scheme through the local branch of Waitrose in Weybridge.

Surrey Music, a charitable organisation whose aim is to foster and promote an appreciation for music within the community, is delighted to have received generous funding for its ‘Music Alive' project.  The John Lewis Partnership has a long tradition of supporting music, and, like Elmbridge Music, understands that music has the potential to enhance people's lives.

‘When Waitrose approached us and invited us to apply for funding from the ‘Music Matters' grants scheme the timing couldn't have been better', says Cliff van Tonder, CEO and founder of Surrey Music. ‘We had been formulating a plan for a musical project to draw in young people from the more disadvantaged areas of our community, and thanks to John Lewis, this financial boost has now made it possible'.

The ‘Music Alive' project, which will be led by professional musicians together with members of ESurrey Music, will consist of a series of music production, recording and song writing workshops and performances. Its aim is to expand musical involvement amongst teenagers, not only during the project, but to sustain and further develop that interest and to continue to engage more young people beyond the end of the project.

Further details of Surreye Music's ‘Music Alive' project will be revealed soon.

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