22 days to raise £2,000 to help 90 young lives.

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:42

The Spark Festival 2015 will see the launch of the new and exciting 'Young People's Jazz Club' - the first of its kind in the UK. Having already raised 89% of their funding, the Spark are appealing to you to help them raise the final £2000 through crowdfunding.

There will be 5 unique performances at The Cookie, following a 2 week music education project in 3 schools. The project is led by an extra-ordinary musician and educator – Arun Ghosh and his sextet. His Indo-Jazz Quintet play original music of South Asian origin which has a contemporary jazz attitude, rocking urban beats with the passion of punk. Arun was recently awarded 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and has released two critically acclaimed albums. Arun has been a regular performer at The Spark Festival and last year had the idea to launch a jazz club for children.

As part of The Spark Arts for Children's 13th annual festival, Arun will work with 3 Leicestershire schools; teaching them how to compose, perform and listen to contemporary music. The young people will then perform their compositions with Arun Ghosh and his sextet in the jazz club at the Cookie to children from other schools.

The Spark Festival and Arun Ghosh have the opportunity to make a difference to 90 young lives through developing their music making and skills and confidence through performance. The targeted schools have a majority of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds with close to two thirds eligible for pupil premium funding. Approximately one third of these pupils will not reach the recommended levels in English and maths by the end of primary school. Current research says that making music is of direct benefit to children's learning and can help close the gap with their peers from more affluent backgrounds. This project could help to inspire new dreams and aspirations, and be the start of a life- long passion.

Arun Ghosh said "A lot of young people, sadly, nowadays don't have the opportunity to start an instrument. Sometimes it just takes one little spark and that's sets them off in learning to play an instrument and opening up their potential... Young People's Jazz Club at the Spark Festival this year is bound to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved. I do hope you can support us and please come along to see what we're up to."

The Spark is looking for support for this project. To be able to deliver this opportunity to the young people, an additional £2000 needs to be raised – the final 11% of their funding. The Spark have a crowdfunding campaign on FundSurfer, offering a variety of unique rewards, ranging from: a private concert, a private clarinet lesson, dinner with Arun, and tickets to the family performances.

Tags: fundraising, Spark Arts for Children, Funding, Schools