Big Lottery Fund Young Start Award

We’re thrilled to receive £28,775 from Big Lottery Fund Young Start towards our Pathways project supporting disabled young people develop their skills and confidence to pursue a career in music technology.

Thursa Sanderson OBE, Chief Executive, Drake Music Scotland, said: “Absolutely brilliant! We are over the moon with this news which will give our young people with additional support needs this huge boost at a time in their lives when there is a lot of change and they are experiencing many challenges.

“Our students will get the chance to explore their love of music, build their skills and hopefully find some like-minded friends along the way. They will learn about music and audio production techniques and how to record and edit soundtracks – even creating their own music to surprise everyone who knows them. We hope to see all our young people taking significant steps forward in confidence, communication skills, self-image and self-esteem that will help them develop and move a stage closer towards achieving their potential.”

Josephine Nyaradzo Kanjanga, 20, from Edinburgh, has been working in the studio on her music and honing her new skills. She said, “It was brilliant working with Logic software and learning to play and record the piano and I feel more comfortable and independent now to when I started. The tutors are really patient and helpful and I never feel embarrassed to ask for help as it’s always there when I need it.”