ONLINE SURVEY TO HELP YOUNG MUSICIANS IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS
An online survey aimed at getting feedback from young musicians in the Highlands and Islands goes live today (Monday, 16th August). The survey results will help shape the funding decisions of the Liam Colgan Music Fund (LCMF).
The charity was set up in memory of Liam Colgan, an Inverness musician who tragically passed away during a stag trip to Hamburg in 2018. Its mission is to provide young people keen on music and music-related jobs access to opportunities to learn and develop new skills, progress their ambitions in music; and build a legacy of long-lasting positive impact.
Since the charity’s launch in 2020, it has raised several thousands of pounds and the purpose of the survey is to enable the Fund to direct the money it raises to where it will be most effective. The survey will enable young musicians to inform the decision-making process for spending the funding.
Iain Clark, Chairperson of LCMF, said: “A good number of the Trustees and Friends of the charity are musicians themselves, and we can imagine how young musicians across the Highlands and Islands would welcome support and help that the Fund might be able to provide. The last 18 months has been a tough time for everyone and this is an opportunity for us to get feedback directly from young people in the region on what would help them progress in music. This in turn will hopefully ensure that we deliver funding where it will most have a positive impact.
“The more people we have completing the survey, the better our understanding will be, so we hope that a lot of young musicians will take just a few minutes of their time to give us their thoughts.”
Renowned singer-songwriter, Willie Campbell, who is based in the Outer Hebrides said: “The work of the Liam Colgan Music Fund can bring huge benefits to young musicians in the region. What they are doing is a fitting tribute to Liam and at the same time helps people to create better futures. I think this survey will be important in making sure funding decisions are well-informed so I hope lots of folk will take part.”
The online survey will run until the end of October. Links to the survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete, will be on the Fund’s website and its social media platforms.
Complete the survey here: https://lcmf.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/lcmf-young-musicians-survey-2021