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Young musicians urged to help shape fund in memory of Highland musician Liam Colgan who died during stag trip to Hamburg


By Val Sweeney

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Liam Colgan.
Liam Colgan.

Young musicians in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to take part in an online survey launched by a fund in memory of a Highland musician.

The Liam Colgan Music Fund (LCMF) is seeking feedback to help shape its spending decisions.

The charity was set up in memory of Liam Colgan who tragically passed away aged 29 during a stag trip to Hamburg in 2018.

Mr Colgan, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in popular musical performance at Perth College UHI in 2010, performed in bands and as a solo artist.

The fund’s mission is to provide opportunities for young people keen on music and music-related jobs to learn and develop new skills, progress their ambitions in music and build a legacy of long-lasting positive impact.

Since its launch in 2020, it has raised several thousands of pounds, and the survey aims to help direct the money where it will be most effective.

LCMF chairman Iain Clark said a good number of trustees and supporters of the charity were musicians and could imagine how young musicians would welcome support.

"The last 18 months has been a tough time for everyone, and this is an opportunity for us to get feedback directly from young people in the region on what would help them progress in music," he said.

"This, in turn, will hopefully ensure that we deliver funding where it will most have a positive impact.

"The more people we have completing the survey, the better our understanding will be, so we hope that a lot of young musicians will take just a few minutes of their time to give us their thoughts."

Renowned singer-songwriter Willie Campbell, who is based in the Outer Hebrides, said the fund’s work could bring huge benefits.

"What they are doing is a fitting tribute to Liam and at the same time helps people to create better futures," he said.

The survey will run until the end of October and can be found on lcmf.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/lcmf-young-musicians-survey-2021

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