Musicians helping homeless find a voice

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Musicians are helping young homeless people to find their voice through song-writing.

A Blackpool based music company has teamed up with Streetlife, the homeless shelter for people aged 16-25, to write and record an ‘anthem’ to advertise its services and share users experiences.

Jane Hugo, chief executive of Streetlife, a homeless shelter for young people, has welcomed support from Blackpool music company Amurco

Jane Hugo, chief executive of Streetlife, a homeless shelter for young people, has welcomed support from Blackpool music company Amurco

Amurco, an international music and media licensing company, set up the link in the hope of promoting the important work done by the shelter, based on Buchanan Street, to support young vulnerable people, in the face of sweeping funding cuts.

‘Streetsound’ has also given young people at Streetlife the opportunity to hone their creative and musical skills and boost their confidence.”

Howard Murphy, Amurco founder, said: “We are young music professionals who want to give something back to the community.

“Without Streetlife these young adults, many of whom are in crisis, would have nowhere to turn.”

The company ran a seven-week workshop, offering participants accreditation from Lifewise at the end of it, to produce a song. It is hoped that sales of the downloadable track will go some way to plugging the gaps left by cuts to funding for the Streetlife service.

Jane Hugo (pictured), chief executive of Streetlife, said: “We really appreciate the exciting opportunity that Amurco are offering to the young people that access Streetlife, it is really encouraging to have support from local businesses.

“Without support from the public we would really struggle.”