As we move into the Autumn, we’d like to shout about what a fantastic summer we’ve had with your help. We are so very grateful for all of your support this year, whether that be from the purchase of merchandise, donations that come in from across the globe, sharing our news, arranging benefits, following our work or from buying that naughty slice of cake and coffee at Glastonbury Festival.
Funds that have been raised over the past few months have provided us with the opportunity to support some fantastic organisations and projects that are doing important work with young people and creating empowerment through music.
We’ve been once again able to support the fantastic OnTrack initiative that takes place at the Roundhouse in London. OnTrack is a free 6-week project for 16-25s not in education, employment or training. Young people create and perform original music and develop the technical skills required to put together a live music event while developing confidence, meeting like-minded people, and working towards an Arts Award qualification.
“The Joe Strummer Foundation has supported the last five editions of OnTrack, enabling dozens of vulnerable young people to develop their musical talents and progress towards education, employment or training. Without JSF’s backing, OnTrack would not have had the impact it has had and we are incredibly grateful for their support” – Cathy Weatherald
Agitate is a London based music collective for young people affected by homelessness. The project aims to uncover and nurture the creative talent of young artists from diverse and marginalised backgrounds. Mark Pollock who heads up the organisations had the below to say.
“This award will make a huge difference in the lives of our young people. The music industry can be a scary and perilous place for new artists, especially those who have a history of hardship and vulnerability. This industry training day will help our young artists understand how to manage their wellbeing, finances, and contracts, as they take their first steps out of homelessness and into careers as professional artists.
As a small organisation, we don’t have the resources to launch large-scale funding drives, so support from foundations like the JSF is absolutely vital. It is a real honour to be a small part of Joe Strummer’s legacy and can’t wait to share the success of our artists over the coming months.” – Mark Pollock
The Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation in East London set up in 2017 by grime legends Prince Owusu-Agyekum ( aka Rapid ) and Ebeneezer Ayerh ( aka Slix ) from the Ruff Sqwad.
They aim to bring forth social change by giving young people direct access to mainstream resources so that they can reach their full potential in creative careers and life.
Joe Strummer Foundation funding has specifically enabled the RSAF to run advanced industry sessions for some of the talented young people they work with.
Samuel Halligan and team in Hastings and Bexhill are arranging 30 open access, 2-hour sessions for young people of any musical skill and experience.
“I’ve been in charge of co-ordinating a significant music making project for young people in Hastings and Bexhill for many years. In the summer of 2019 it seemed that the continuation of the project was doomed when the project host charity stopped operating and we lost all our funding. However thanks to the intervention of the Joe Strummer Foundation we have secured enough funding to get some of the amazing music making opportunities back for young people in the area and hopefully a chance rebuild our project for the future.” – Sam Halligan
WAYout Arts, WAYout changes the lives of street youths, vulnerable and conflict-affected young people through the arts. They offer training and shelter, make films that can effect change and record music that enables the excluded to re-engage. They promote artistic freedom, education, and empowerment.
Through a recent grant, our longest supported organisation is now in a position to purchase their own vehicle to house the mobile studio we raised funds for in 2018. Even without, they have been taking equipment to the provinces and hard to reach areas in Freetown. Efforts so far have been met by great enthusiasm, particularly in the male prison who have now offered a free-rental space for WAYout to set up a small satellite operation.
Well, that about wraps up our funding activity for this season – more to follow.
A special shout out to all the aforementioned organisations for doing such important work, we know Joe would certainly approve.
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