A Newarthill music initiative has received a £2,000 funding boost from UK Steel Enterprise in order to provide leverage for a further £20,000.
Reeltime Music offers workshops and courses as well as rehearsal and recording services for young people aged 12-25, many of whom are disengaged from mainstream education.
UKSE’s funding will be used to support two youth music groups, running twice a week for 11 months.
Each session will welcome up to 15 young people to try different instruments and work with community music tutors on a creative project of their choice.
UKSE area manager Anne Clyde said: “Reeltime Music is such a professional set up and it’s easy to see how much the young people gain from spending time here.
“The community music workshops teach the youngsters the value of dedication and team work as well as new skills in music, multimedia, production and project management.
“Not everyone is academic, but everyone is worth teaching, and Reeltime recognise different people respond to different styles of learning.”
Reeltime project manager Ryan Currie said: “Having the chance to connect young people with activities they are passionate about can have wide reaching effects.
“We are very grateful for UKSE’s support which will allow young people to engage more in the arts and think creatively about the world of work.”