This week (Monday 3rd to Friday 7th April 2017) Lamp House Music is running a fully funded ‘Champions Music School’ for ten young care experienced people from East Lothian.
Lamp House Music’s project, fully funded by Creative Scotland, attracting young people aged 10 to 25, who reside in East Lothian and who attend East Lothian’s Champions Board. Champions Boards provide a platform for care experienced young people to talk directly to local authority staff, elected members and service providers to ensure that decisions which affect their lives are informed by their own experiences. Through Champions Boards, care experienced young people themselves can influence improvements in the services and support available to them.
Based in Lamp House Music, the participants will spend the week gaining skills through a variety of music workshops, writing songs and raps, using musical instruments, rehearsing, playing, performing and recording, and at the end of the week leaving with a CD each of their track, featuring an image from their band photoshoot.
As with all of Lamp House Music’s projects – the young people will be supported by the organisation’s experienced and enthusiastic music professionals and youth workers. Involved in ‘Champions Music School’ will be Jordan Butler of Tranent – Jordan uses his experience as a rapper, writer and performer to provide music and creative services to local authorities and organisations in East and Midlothian, often working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds helping them to express themselves in positive ways.
Callum Maguire of Lamp House Music said, “We are thrilled to be offering this opportunity to East Lothian’s young care experienced people, who will have a fantastic week enjoying music and getting a great insight into the Creative Industries. Our Music Schools are always inspiring, fantastic fun and offer a real boost to self-esteem. Having a rapper with us this time around, will bring an interesting twist to the programme, which we’re really looking forward to.”