The festival is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, and in 2014 set up a Youth Fund to support young people living in or from the Coigach community looking to develop their creative aspirations. The intention is to involve a wide range of individuals and a variety of creative art forms. Last year’s silent auction, raffle and donations have already raised a substantial amount for the fund.
Details for future applications coming soon.
2015 Youth Fund Awardees
“Aided by a grant from the Summer Isles Festival Youth Fund, I’ve this year been studying the University of St Andrews Scottish Certificate Jazz course.
The course is delivered by Richard Ingham and Graeme Macintee. Alongside my undergraduate musical studies, this course has been invaluable in terms of deepening my knowledge of harmonic and rhythmic theory, as well as developing my approach as a pianist”.
“The £500 pounds that I was awarded from The Summer Isles Youth Fund helped me significantly. Due to the fact that I was leaving school, I had to hand back my council owned bag pipes to the school meaning I would be left without a set of bag pipes for the upcoming pipe band season. This money enabled me to purchase my own set of bag pipes and continue to be the Pipe Major of the Ullapool and District Pipe Band. This fantastic Youth Fund allowed me to lead the band to 5th place at the British Championships, 4th place at the UK Championships and 6th place at the Scottish Championships. If anybody is thinking about applying to the Youth Fund I would strongly recommend doing so! This amazing fund allows young people from the local area to continue doing something that they are passionate about when they may not have the funds to do so. I cannot thank the Summer Isles Youth Fund enough for providing me with the opportunity to continue doing something that I love!”
James is a young piper from Achiltibuie winning many local piping competitions. This award will be used to help buy a set of pipes when James leaves school so that he can continue to play.