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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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Rockers Give a Gig for charity
Essex-based rockers New City Kings will help Birmingham's musical youngsters by donating to the Give a Gig campaign when they perform at The Flapper in Birmingham city centre on September 23.

New City Kings
Giving a gig: New City Kings

A percentage of their gig fee will be given to the National Youth Music Foundation who have organised the appeal.

The band formed in 2013 and released their debut EP, Change, in February. Their single, Giving Up, was released on September 7.

The Flapper
Canalside: The Flapper, Cambrian Wharf, Birmingham city centre

Give A Gig asks music fans, artists, venues and promoters to put on a gig to raise funds for the charity or donate some of the proceeds from the gigs already planned. The money raised helps fund local projects that use music to reach children and young people facing challenges in their lives, including coping with disability, homelessness or living in care.

Birmingham projects for which Youth Music provides funding include:

The Mac Makes Music initiative which creates music-making opportunities for children and young people across Birmingham, Solihull, Warwickshire, Coventry and Worcestershire. It offers activities and events with a focus on working with children and young people in challenging circumstances and networking with Early Years settings and providers.

Ex Cathedra Academies Of Vocal Music which provides opportunities for young singers to develop their skills at regular rehearsals and perform with the acclaimed choir Ex Cathedra in Symphony Hall, for Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker and for special concerts and events.

The Birmingham Youth Offending Service whose project will deliver a variety of music making activities such as digital composition and production, lyric writing, vocal coaching and performance skills, drum kit tuition, guitar tuition, music theory, dee-jaying, studio sound engineering and recording techniques.

laura mvula
Ambassador: Laura Mvula

Birmingham singer Laura Mvula is an Ambassador for the National Youth Music Foundation.

She says: "A formative part of my music journey was becoming a member of Black Voices a five-piece
acapella group started by my aunt Carol Pemberton. I started just by helping out behind the scenes and eventually ended up singing with and later writing for them.

"Black Voices also ran workshops in schools supported by Youth Music, so I've seen how funding by Youth
Music can be used in creative ways to bring diverse music to young people.

"I think Give a Gig is a really good idea because it allows singers, musicians and venues to do what they're already doing for the benefit of a young person starting or continuing their own personal journey with music. A child that's funded by Youth Music through Give a Gig might be in the position to give their own gig further down the line and that's a really great circle to be part of.

''I feel a responsibility to make sure that the next generation are in the best possible standing to keep making and enjoying music and if I can do that while I'm performing then that's great."

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Why? A gig for a good cause
When: September 23, 2014
Phone: 0121 236 2421
Where: The Flapper, Cambrian Wharf, Kingston Row, Birmingham, B1 2NU
Cost: 5 advance
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