Original article on BBC PAF blog is available to view here


Meet the Winners: Rock It! Collective

What do you get when you mix rock experts with rock enthusiasts? We’re glad you asked…

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1. Who are Rock It! Collective?

Rock It! is a youth-led community organisation representing teenagers from Greater Manchester aged between 11 and 21 with a passion for music and the arts. Formed in Bolton in 2009 by young musicians, Rock It! has helped over 100 young people of all levels of ability create new music and pass on their skills to others.

Rock It! also runs a comprehensive volunteering programme, providing Arts Awards accreditations through practical music industry training. We provide positive activities and produce trainee music leaders and peer mentors with the skills, knowledge and confidence to move forward, whether going for employment, training or educational opportunities.

2. How will the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?

The BBC PAF grant provides our participants with the chance to expand their musical knowledge, exploring other genres through workshops in Hip Hop, Reggae and more. The grant will also fund a collaborative composition with classical musicians, pushing our experienced musicians even further in their development. Check out our updates at www.rockitbolton.com to see how the grant has helped.

3. Tell us about the best day Rock It! Collective has had to date?

The best days for the Rock It! Collective are those which bring everyone together to showcase their achievements and support each other. These have to be the annual Rock It! outdoor festivals which have been held on Queens Park, Bolton for the past 3 years. They are a days of celebration for all our members and their families, past and present, to perform for the community and provide lots of music and arts activities for people of all ages.

Videos of the days can be found herehere and here.

4. What was the best reaction from the group when they found out about winning the
PAF grant?

The enthusiasm was great from those of our musicians who had been begging for a chance to explore new music genres for years and found they would finally have the opportunity!  The line, “when can we get started then?” was one we heard often!

5. Give us 3 words that describe a performance by Rock It! Collective

Wild, original, awesome!