A music project for young people in Motherwell has received £1.17 million from the Scottish Government to create a community music and learning hub.
North Lanarkshire Council and Reeltime Music successfully bid for a grant of £1,171.270 from Regeneration Capital Grant Fund to transform a long-term vacant industrial unit into the community facility.
The hub will provide training, rehearsal, small event and recording studio facilities, and offer services to the wider community, particularly disadvantaged young people.
It will be delivered in partnership with community planning partners and other third sector organisations and operate as a social enterprise by Reeltime Music.
“The grant is excellent news for Motherwell, as it allows us to create first class facilities for young people to learn new skills, develop interests and enjoy making music,” said David Greer, growth programme manager.
“Reeltime Music run a range of workshops and activities which are very popular locally, linking to the Curriculum for Excellence delivered in schools, so the new music and learning hub will offer more opportunities for young people.”
Ryan Currie, manager at Reeltime Music, said: “This is a milestone that has been over 20 years in the making, made possible by the hard work of our staff, trustees and the goodwill of countless partners and supporters.
“Life is challenging for everyone right now, and through our work, we know that it’s particularly difficult for young people.
“This new first of its kind creative centre is an investment in young people’s futures and their creative potential. Young people and residents across North Lanarkshire have told us of the need for a facility such as this for many years now, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to make it happen.
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“We’re keen to hear from anyone interested in getting on board to help take this vision forward.”
Work is expected to start on the project in April, with the new hub open by the end of the year.
This year the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has awarded £24.1 million to 26 new projects in disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects. It is delivered annually in partnership between the Scottish Government and COSLA.