Mubu Music back in town

Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust back ‘Live in the Lodge’ event

A programme which provides free music tuition for youngsters with its ‘Live in the Lodge’ initiative has received a major cash boost from a Sutton Charity.

Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, the organisation that awards grants to local groups and charities to alleviate hardship and support other needs in the community, has provided Mubu Music with a grant of £32,000 over two years to help fund their community investment project ‘Live in the Lodge’.

SCCT first granted an award to Mubu in November 2019, although prior to this the Live in the Lodge project was run by Birmingham Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) their first grant being in February 2016.

Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust has funded Mubu Music over the course of five years, helping to enhance the lives of people living in and around Falcon Lodge.

Mubu Music recognises that playing and learning music is such a valuable and important tool in helping to improve social cohesion, community and mental health.

The provision of free music tuition means that this is more accessible to Falcon Lodge’s local community.

The Trust’s grant has allowed for the programme ‘Live in the Lodge’ to be created to provide free music lessons across instruments such as piano, guitar, drums and ukulele for ages as young as five years old, all the way up to individuals in their mid-80s. In addition to this, ‘Live in the Lodge’ has been able to create a community choir and host high-quality music performances across the local area.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the not-for-profit organisation was unable to provide its music services in person. Following this, the Trust’s grant has allowed Mubu Music to help bring people together again through music and raising the aspirations of those living in the area of Falcon Lodge.

Sam Slater, founder of Mubu Music said: “The support of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust has allowed ‘Live in the Lodge’ to keep running for the community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In addition to this, the Trust and funding has also played a huge part in helping the programme to start, grow and develop into a really valuable social and musical intergenerational programme all year round. The programme has helped to create so many positive health, social and education benefits for everyone in and around Falcon Lodge.”

David Cole, Grants Manager at Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, said: “Mubu Music’s grant exemplifies what the Trust is all about in helping to improve the lives of those in Sutton Coldfield, through creating positive change through projects such as ‘Live in the Lodge’.

“This project is a perfect example of how we are always looking for exciting organisations to gift grants to that give back to the community of Sutton Coldfield.”

For further information about Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust or media enquiries, please contact Emily Burnett or Antonia Hall  

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