Foxy Music

AN innovative music project in the North of Sheffield secured a £9,000 cash boost from Sheffield Homes.

Foxy Music started in January and aims to make music and performing arts accessible to people who otherwise might not have the chance to learn an instrument or new skills.

Foxhill-based Alex Oliver recruits volunteers to provide expert tuition on various musical instruments, singing and other crafts, such as drama and poetry. Styles range from rock to folk and they even help with instrument maintenance and recording techniques.

The £9,000 grant from the Sheffield Homes “Your Community, Your Choice” scheme* will buy guitars, keyboards, drums and amplifiers, as well as paying for free tuition and room hire for performances.

As well as Sheffield Homes, Alex has had support from many agencies, including the police, local schools and GPs practices, with doctors potentially making referrals to the project for music therapy sessions.

“We try to tailor our work to meet individual need – whether that is someone who wants to play the harp or even recite poetry. It’s giving people an outlet for their creative aspirations, with expert tuition on hand. We also provide venues for practice and performances, and are hoping to take part in the Walkley Festival this summer.”

Foxy Music are holding sessions in different areas around the North of Sheffield. To find out more, email Alex Oliver at foxymusicfellowship@googlemail.com.

(* Sheffield Homes put a total of £52,000 into the “Your Community, Your Choice” scheme.)

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