A GRASS-ROOTS music organisation based at Wigan Pier has been shortlisted in the prestigious National Diversity Awards.
The 21:12 Music Community, based at Swan Meadow Road, has been put forward for the multi-strand category of the star-studded prizes, which celebrate individuals and groups who help to make Britain a more inclusive place.
The organisation has been nominated after creating opportunities for Wiganers, particularly from deprived backgrounds, to get involved in music by building low-cost rehearsal rooms and launching programmes including a drum therapy course for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The community has also put together bands to play in residential homes and free open-air concerts, and will hold an ambitious battle of the bands competition this summer.
Co-founder Phill Knight said: “We’re just blown away to be nominated. It’s very humbling to be on the list of nominees, and although we don’t expect to win we will just keep working hard and see what happens. To get national recognition gives us such a boost and adds a great deal of credibility to what we are doing. We’ve said all along that what we want to do is achieve positive change in the community through music, and there’s a lot of people we are still hoping to reach.”
Nominations close on July 19. To nominate 21:12, visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk