Cospa part of major youth music project backed by Lottery

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

BIG music project

Cospa is supporting a new project led by the BPI, the BRIT Awards, Global Radio and UK Youth to create development opportunities through music for 14-24 year-olds in deprived areas.

The new three-year project is receiving almost £4 million from the Big Lottery Fund and covers a series of major events, a national talent competition, an education programme run in youth clubs and the creation of hundreds of work-related opportunities for young people.

The BPI is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business and is a trade organisation funded by its members, which include hundreds of independent music companies as well as the UK’s major record labels. The BPI’s members account for approximately 90% of all recorded music sold in the UK. The BPI also organises the annual BRIT Awards show.

Global Radio owns the three largest brands in commercial radio, Heart, Capital FM and Classic FM, as well as LBC, Xfm, Gold and Choice FM, and has a total audience of more than 20 million people across the UK each week.

Cospa’s role will focus on delivering a series of UK-wide regional events that provide young people with an inspirational insight into skills development and work opportunites across the media and entertainment industry. These events will cover areas such as the staging and marketing of live music events, multi-media journalism, pro-social activities and enterprise and self-employment.

The project will officially launch at the end of this year with activity commencing in early 2014.

Geoff Taylor, CEO, BPI & BRIT Awards: “We’ve seen first-hand how music is a force for good that can change lives. And so we’re excited that this ambitious initiative will create opportunities for young people right around the country to get involved in playing music. We’ll offer internships in record companies, work experience at the BRIT Awards, and mentoring to a new generation of music industry interns who never dreamed they might get the chance to work in such an exciting business.”