Sponsors of the West Suﬀolk Schools Rock and Pop Awards have spoken of their enthusiasm of getting behind the initiative which develops talented youngster’s skills.
Easton and Otley College is the main sponsor of the scheme, which allows secondary school musicians to learn from industry experts before showcasing their craft at an awards night at The Apex.
Havebury Housing Partnership is also a category sponsor of the initiative organised by Industry Education in Music in partnership with Suﬀolk County Council and the Bury Free Press.
Workshops will be held at seven schools across the county with singer-songwriter Sam Kelly, who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.
Those taking part are the Amplitude Project, in Stowmarket, Bury County Upper, Holbrook High, in Ipswich, Mildenhall College, Newmarket College, Stowmarket High and Stowupland High. One band from each school will be hand picked to battle it out for four accolades including best live performance, best image, best musicians and most likely to make it big at the awards night on February 28th.
A spokesman for Easton and Otley College said they were sponsoring the awards because they believe in ‘encouraging individual skills and expertise and helping people achieve outside of the run-of-the-mill activities’.
He added: “The college is very pleased to be part of West Suffolk Schools promotion and is very happy to support all individuals who are taking their talent further and developing themselves and their talent through these awards.
“The courses offered by Easton and Otley College are vocational, hands-on and practical which relate to the industry and job needs.
“Easton and Otley College can provide a level of teaching and experience which appeals to a post-16 audience. Therefore, as part of every college’s information, advice and guidance responsibility, it is crucial that events like these awards provide students with the opportunity to discover alternative pathways.”
Meanwhile, Havebury Housing Partnership is backing a category to help build on its community links. Mark Jepson, communities manager,said: “Being one of the sponsors provides Havebury with a fantastic opportunity to be part of an event with local schools where our tenants’ children attend.
“Havebury hopes to use these awards to build on the excellent partnerships we are developing with other local organisations and establish more activities for younger people in St Edmundsbury.”