CM Awarded Funding From The National Lottery Community Fund To Continue The Create 20X20 Youth Music Project In Tottenham

CM have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to continue our work on the Create 20X20 Project at the Northumberland Estate in Tottenham. Working with Haringey Council and their services, this funding will ensure and enable us to keep offering a creative outlet and support the young people involved for a further three years.

The project we’ve been running for the past four years has been about working with and supporting young people who may be at risk of getting into gang related crime. CM have been helping to develop the music related skills of the young people involved whilst providing a safe, creative environment with other social support available as well. Our aim has always been about breaking those barriers to creative learning and to provide opportunities to develop and learn about the different pathways into the creative industries. Besides music making we also give the young people a chance to learn how to DJ, create podcasts and use social media as a music marketing tool.

Whilst talking to CM's CEO Richard Clegg about the project he said: "We're excited and very pleased to receive funding from The National Lottery Community Fund which will enable us to continue working alongside Haringey Council at Project 20X20 on The Northumberland Park Estate, to provide a safe, creative space for the young people involved in the project. It's imperative that we continue to make creative spaces accessible for young people who usually wouldn't have the opportunity to do something like this. Not only to provide a safe space, but to offer practical and transferable skills to the young people to help them with their future aspirations."

Projects like this are so important in the lives of the people involved as it offers not only the space to learn new skills and access social support, but it also acts as a safe space for the young people to express themselves through the creation of music. I’ve personally known quite a few music producers and artists that have steered themselves away from a potential life of gang related crime by expressing their emotions and venting anger or frustration into their music. It is more important than a lot of people realise.

We are thankful to be able to offer these continued creative opportunities and to be able to maintain running Create 20x20 alongside Haringey Council.

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