Young musicians urged to “Get Your Act Together”

Get Your Act Together: The National Lottery funds local music charity to support young people

The National Lottery has given a grant to South Leeds based music and education charity Cloth Cat to provide life changing opportunities through music to young people from the city.

Get Your Act Together will launch on Saturday (11 January 2020) at their base at Old Chapel Studios in Holbeck and are inviting local youngsters, especially those who need a helping hand, to come down to meet the team who will be delivering the activities and get to play an instrument in one of the rehearsal studios, record a song or try out the very latest music production software.

People will be able to sign up for one of the courses on offer, or for the youth music mentoring where they can form a band under the guidance of their music mentors.

Cloth Cat aims to improve the life of people around the city using the power of music, running courses, projects and events both in partnership with organisations and by themselves. Cloth Cat has developed ‘Get Your Act Together’ through the recognition that young people living in often neglected parts of Leeds and who are disadvantaged through social, financial or cultural reasons don’t have access to the vital support they require and they aim to help to close this gap in provision and provide a catalyst to learning, active citizenship and other personal and technical skills.

Project Co-ordinator, Shelly Johnson said:

“We’ve been successfully running aspects of this project for quite a few years now, whether it was youth music mentoring through Leeds City Council, workshops at Wetherby Young Offenders’ Unit or courses for adults around the city with the Workers Education Association.

“The funding from the Lottery is a godsend in that we can package it all up all for young people in the area and run this project as a whole for the next 3 years and really let them get their teeth in to it, developing their skills and giving them a feeling of self-worth at the same time. We’ve always felt that music is the ideal way to bring people together and be inspired”

The launch of the project takes place between 12-3pm at Old Chapel Studios, Czar Street, Holbeck LS11 9PR on Saturday 11 January and the project starts on Monday 13 January.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the project should contact Shelly Johnson at Cloth Cat on (0113) 244 2773 or e-mail Their website can be found at


This post is based on a press release issued by Cloth Cat