New tempo for music school

'Pinching ourselves': Emma Wilson and Alison Price

Queenstown’s youngsters have a “world of possibilities” at their lips and fingertips, thanks to a new music trust. Paul Taylor attends the launch.

Emma Wilson and Alison Price can remember being so chuffed at receiving $2000 in funding for their music school a few years ago, they went out for a coffee to celebrate.

The money would be spread carefully across their activities, helping to keep the Lakes Community Music School running.

“That had to last us at least a year, if not longer, because we had no idea where the next money was coming from,” Wils-on, in a speech on Saturday, says.

“There were times where it became almost impossible to continue.”

On Saturday night, at the resort’s Hakitekura, formerly Woolshed Bay, the Turn Up The Music (TUTM) charitable trust was officially launched to help fund a rebranded school.

The resort’s philanthropic set and other sponsors raised more than $15,000 on the night, bringing the total raised so far to more than $100,000 pre-launch.

The trust will fund the Turn Up The Music music school – a relaunched, renamed and retooled Lakes Community Music School with massive backing from trustees, donors and corporate sponsors.

It will create a stock of instruments to lend to would-be musicians, create performance opportunities for youngsters including concert bands, orchestras and competitions, fund full-time and part-time music teachers, run outreach programmes and a grant fund for primary schools.



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