A Tottenham music project founded by rap artist WondRWomN which encourages young people into the industry has received a donation from a regional housebuilder.
Persimmon Homes North London awarded £1,000 to The RecShop through its Building Futures scheme, which aims to support community groups working with under-18s.
The RecShop, based in High Road, is a free recording studio and artist development programme for young creatives. Its youth programme provides four 10-week projects over 12 months that engage with at least 25 young people per project, equipping them with skills such as DJ-ing, song writing, beatmaking, sound engineering and performance.
Mary Otumahana, spokesperson for The RecShop, said: “Thanks to this donation from Persimmon
Homes North London, we will be able to buy a range of new equipment including microphones, headphones, an audio interface to enable us to record music remotely, a web camera and a GoPro as well as being able to advertise our new service to a wider audience.”
Rachel Faulkner, sales director for Persimmon Homes North London, said: “Music can touch people’s lives in an amazing way, and open up all sorts of opportunities. Therefore, we are delighted that we can support The RecShop in this way.”
Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £1.7 million to community projects and charities.
One initiative from each of three categories – education & arts, health and sport – will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote. As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while the remaining 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Persimmon Homes North London has shortlisted Sister System to represent the arts & education category at the national final, Horizon Sports Club has been selected to represent sport and Body & Soul health.