Limelight Music is a music training and production company which works to enhance employment prospects in the performing arts industry for people living with impairments.
It is the largest employer of disabled musicians in Scotland and has two main aims:
- To address current inequality by creating pathways to employment for people with impairments within the performing arts.
- To enhance employment prospects for disabled people by implementing early intervention music projects within schools.
From its base in Glasgow, Limelight collaborates with local authorities, schools, musicians, music producers and mainstream theatre companies to create new projects in education and in the entertainment industries.
Founder Gordon Dougall created Limelight Music after his experience working as a musical director for a production commissioned by Glasgow City Council during its bid to be the European City of Culture.
Gordon found that people with disabilities were generally brought into projects late in the process, giving them less opportunity to participate fully.
Recognising that disabled participants required specialised help and resources to be fully involved in activities, Gordon began designing courses specifically for people with impairments.
Limelight now provides music training sessions for over 1200 school pupils and 30 disabled adults throughout each year. Over half of their 16 workshop tutors and leaders are highly skilled and talented disabled musicians.
The organisation encourages, organises and promotes collaboration between Special Educational Needs and Mainstream Schools throughout the country.
Here their work helps children find new ways in which to express their feelings, ideas, thoughts and emotions, leading to increased confidence and self-belief.
Workshop tutors include talented disabled musicians and educational arts practitioners who consider themselves as vital role models and mentors for future generations.
For further info’, contact:
Tel: 0141 548 8929