‘Final push’ call for music appeal

Chris Penny of Blackpool Music Academy
Chris Penny of Blackpool Music Academy
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Members of a Fylde coast music academy are today calling on the support of Gazette readers to help hit one of our Give Us A Tune appeal targets.

Earlier this year we launched our campaign to leave a lasting musical legacy in the resort.

We asked kind-hearted Gazette readers to donate 50 instruments to the Blackpool Music Academy in Waterloo Road, as well as raise £20,000 to subsidise music lessons.

Scores of readers have responded, with 35 instruments including guitars, keyboards and drum kits donated – but the academy’s management is calling on a final push to hit its instrument target.

Music academy manager John Shaw said the campaign had given the centre a huge boost.

He added: “We have been astonished by the generosity of so many people. Some of the instruments given have been fabulous.

“We are now close to the target of 50 but we just want a few more instruments. I am sure we can hit the target in the next week or two.

“To get more than 30 in just a few months is a great effort but I know there must be plenty of people out there with an instrument gathering dust. It would go to a good home here.”

Founded by Mr Shaw in 2006, the academy was created with the aim of making music accessible to people from all walks of life.

Classes at the centre cover a range of instruments from the keyboard to the ukulele and no experience is necessary.

The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune campaign has already won the backing of famous names including DJ Danny Howard, musical star Jodie Prenger and singer Little Boots.

Earlier this month, Blackpool-born Pet Shop Boys member Chris Lowe donated a keyboard.

Chris Penny, a volunteer at the academy, added: “The response has been great, as has The Gazette’s support.

“We just want a few more instruments to hit the final target of 50.

“I am sure it can be done with one final push.”

• To support our Give Us A Tune campaign, you can drop instruments off at the Academy on Waterloo Road, Blackpool. The academy can collect items from homes if required.

• To donate money to the academy, visit www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com. For more information, contact (01253) 695398.

• Get in touch with your stories or find out how to help by calling 
Gazette reporter Gareth Vickers on (01253) 361879.