Wednesday 22 November 2017

Brit Awards’ charity reaches £20 million milestone

The Brit Trust has helped several organisations since it was established in 1989.

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

The Brit Awards’ charity has announced it has now given out more than £20 million to worthy causes.

The Brit Trust, the charity set up by UK labels association the BPI to provide young people with opportunities in the music and creative industries, was established in 1989 and has made donations to a causes including War Child, Save The Children and The Prince’s Trust.

The biggest beneficiaries are independent music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and The Brit School in Croydon, which was established in 1991 and counts stars such as Adele and Katie Melua as former pupils.

The school, a joint venture between the music industry and government, was made possible by proceeds from the Knebworth concert in 1990 which featured acts including Eric Clapton, Genesis, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd.

The organisation recently announced a new apprentice scheme that will give 10 people a paid opportunity to work at a top independent record label or music company.

Brit Trust chairman John Craig OBE, said: “At the Trust we recognise how important it is to provide opportunities for young people to express their creativity, often through music.

“More than ever, in today’s society, it is critical to give students life skills that convert into jobs.

“Over the last four years 99% of students leaving the Brit School have either gone into higher education or jobs within the creative economy.

“£20 million is an extraordinary figure and my thanks go to all the artists who have appeared at the Brit Awards over the years, as well those acts who performed at Knebworth 27 years ago. 

“This sum has only been made possible through their generosity of spirit.”

Press Association

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