Posted on: Monday 21st December 2015
Young people from music projects across Scotland took part in the CashBack busk in Glasgow Central Station ( Wed 16th Dec) , with the help of Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP and Leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Frank McAveety.
The event was organised by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, to promote young musicians who have been funded by the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund. All funds raised on the day were donated to Cash for Kids.
Scottish Band, Fatherson, who recently supported Scouting for Girls, lent their support to the ‘Big CashBack Busk’ by performing with some of the young musicians.
Commuters were entertained by 12 young musicians and bands from across the country from a special stage in Central Station from 9am to 6pm. Bands included performers from Glasgow Music Studio’s ‘Music 101’ project, a music course in dj skills, digital music and singing for young people from Arts in the City and Glasgow Youth Arts Hub.
The ‘Big CashBack Busk’ was officially opened by Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP and the young musicians were welcomed by Glasgow City Council Leader, Frank McAveety, who brought along his guitar to entertain travellers.
Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP commented:
“It is fantastic to see the young people involved in today’s event also give something back to communities throughout Scotland. They are volunteering their time and their talents, using skills they have learnt through the CashBack programmes, to raise money for vulnerable children.
“As a government we are committed to tackling inequality and one of the ways we are doing this is through CashBack, which offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to be all they can be.
“Since 2008/09 the CashBack Youth Work Fund has invested over £10m to more than 1500 organisations who work with young people and we know that in that time this money has helped 280,000 youngsters in one way or another.
We want all of Scotland’s young people to be confident individuals, effective contributers and responsible citizens and I believe that today’s event shows that we have already made great progress in making this vision a reality.”
Speaking after the event, guitar in hand, Frank McAveety said:
“Since 2008, CashBack for Communities has provided millions of pounds for art, dance and cultural projects for the young people of Scotland. Glasgow has always been the musical capital of Scotland, so it is a pleasure to welcome the Big CashBack Busk to raise awareness of the music projects funded by the Youth Work Fund. Famously, the legendary Neil Young busked in Glasgow Central, so we will be in good company.”
Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney said:
“Glasgow Central provided a perfect venue for our young musicians and some not so young to give it LALDY as they say in the west. It was brilliant to see young people giving their time and talent to benefit other young people via the Cash for Kids charity.. as Brucie might say…”keep on busking.”
11 projects involved in the ‘Big CashBack Busk were’:
- Reeltime Music, Erskine
- Citadel Youth Project, Leith
- Glasgow Music Studios
- HyperCyber, South Lanarkshire
- Bellshill YMCA
- West Lothian Youth Action Project
- YMCA Kirkcaldy
- Tollcross YMCA
- Hot Chocolate Trust, Dundee
- Recharge, Tranent
- Loud and Proud, Paisley