Artists including Craig David offer support for Give A Gig Week 2018

Craig David, Pixie Lott, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Dream Wife and Femme have pledged their support for Youth Music‘s flagship fundraising initiative, Give a Gig Week, which runs from 16-25 March 2018.

Last year’s initiative saw over 330 acts taking part in 119 gigs in venues across the UK while this year, musicians across the world will take part in gigs to raise funds for music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

Highlights include the following:

  • 100 choirs will descend on 10 major railway stations across England on Saturday 24 March 2018 with performances spanning an array of genres from gospel to rock, pop, classical and barbershop.
  • NME has chosen Youth Music as the official charity partner for its VO5 NME Awards at the O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday 14 February 2018. NME will also be raising funds for the charity via VO5 NME Awards Shows taking place from January to March.

Craig David said:

‘I’m very happy to be part of Give a Gig Week from as far away as LA where I’ll be making a donation from my shows there to support the great work Youth Music does. Music has transformed my life and I want all young people to have the chance to develop their musical creativity and achieve their ambitions. Youth Music has been providing these kinds of opportunities for years to young people facing difficult circumstances in their lives. I applaud the charity’s emphasis on diversity and gender equality and share its belief that all young people should have access to music-making regardless of background, gender or circumstances. I wish Youth Music every success with Give a Gig Week and hope others will join me in supporting their valuable work.’

Pixie Lott said:

‘Youth Music and I share a common interest in giving young musicians an opportunity to develop their musical creativity and talent. The charity does great work supporting young people who face difficult challenges in their lives which is why I’m very happy to be taking part in Give a Gig Week.’

YolanDa Brown, Chair of Youth Music, said:

‘Many young people face barriers to making music because of their background, gender or challenging circumstances such as living with poverty or mental health issues. By putting on a fundraising gig for Youth Music, performers can help us to ensure that young people in need get these life-changing opportunities. I’ll be supporting Give a Gig Week with my concert at the Basement in Sydney, on my tour of Australia, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing about the wonderful music events of all genres taking place back home.’

Youth Music is calling for more musicians to join Give A Gig Week. For more information, please click here.

Header photo: Craig David

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