Rock-out at local Youth Centre thanks to Richmond Council

Release Date: 12 June 2017

Musical youths aged 10 to 17 are “rockin' out” and becoming regular members of rock and pop bands at a Twickenham youth centre.

An £800 grant from the Council’s Civic Pride Fund recently awarded to not-for-profit organisation Powerjam, in partnership with Achieving for Children, is helping the project provide weekly after-school rock, pop and R&B band workshops at Heatham House Youth Centre.

This will culminate in gigs at local community events such as St. Margaret’s Fair 2017 and The Richmond Music and Drama Festival 2018.

Led by qualified music tutors and industry professionals, the bands are taught to play, compose, and perform songs equipping the youths with improved instrumental techniques, performance and song writing skills, as well as important social and educational skills such as team working, good work ethics, and building and strengthening their own sense of identity and community outside of their homes and schools.

The Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5k are available to organisations and £1k for individuals.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, said:

“We have a lot of talented young musicians in Richmond upon Thames. Powerjam brings them together with industry professionals. Additionally, they are able to use the professional equipment that our Youth Centres have to offer. I am thrilled that the Civic Pride funding is being used for such a great project and I look forward to hearing some of the performances later in the year.”

Anna Texier, founder of Powerjam, added:

“It’s roughly this age group that so often loses interest in their instruments due to either lack of variety or opportunities to play and perform with other youths. At Powerjam we aim to learn music that excites the members and keeps them playing.

“Working towards a gig each term also keeps them focused and they improve so much faster with goals like these to work towards. I also understand what it’s like growing up unable to afford music tuition and the importance of being blessed with opportunities to learn and play music from a young age. Powerjam aims to give opportunities to youths who may lack financial means, support, or opportunities to develop their musical talents.”

You can catch Powerjam live on the stage at St. Margarets Fair, Twickenham on Saturday 8 July at 12.45pm.

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Reference: P257/17

Updated: 30 June 2017