Yesterday saw the launch of We Make Music Instrument Libraries' new Crowdfunder campaign. The programme is launching with nine libraries in Fife, North Ayrshire and Edinburgh, with the intention that it spreads further across Scotland in future.
All of the money raised will go towards buying, repairing and servicing donated instruments and getting them into the libraries in good condition. We Make Music also plans to buy music software and midi keyboards so that people can start making music on library computers. It states that once the instruments are in the libraries, it will offer music workshops and introductory lessons, develop online resources, and organise live music events in and around the libraries.
The people involved in organising the project are from a mix of local authority library services, community music groups, schools and music education projects, they include:
- We Make Music Scotland - a charity advocating for accessible and high-quality music education in all its forms across Scotland.
- Tinderbox Collective - a community of young people, musicians, artists and youth-workers.
- OnFife Library Service
- North Ayrshire Library Service
- Edinburgh Library Service
- Fife Instrumental Music Service
- North Ayrshire Instrumental Music Service
- St Andrews Music Participation Group (StAMP) - music education and brass-bands project based in Fife.
- North Edinburgh Arts - cultural centre in Muirhouse, North Edinburgh
For more information on We Make Music Libraries, launch events and how to donate, please visit the official Crowdfunder page.