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Helping young people to grow and and develop skills in music

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The Liam Colgan Music Fund is an independent charity set up to support young musicians and others in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland keen to pursue ambitions in music, whether simply to create music and perform in their  local community or to follow dreams of a professional career as a musician, or working in other music-related areas of the creative music industry.

"The Liam Colgan Music Fund is such a welcome, important initiative – born out of great sadness – but one that opens a door on to the healing power of music" 

Rory MacDonald, Runrig

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Liam Colgan Music Fund announces
top honour from
the BRIT Trust

The Liam Colgan Music Fund (LCMF) announces it has received a donation in support of its work in the Highlands,

including setting up a memorial fund for John Preston, former Chairman of the BPI.


The BRIT Trust supports a number of major UK charities involved in music but also selects a few smaller charities to support each year. The LCMF, one of just six recipients from across the UK selected by the BRIT Trust for a donation, has emerged as oneof the most dynamic small charities in the creative industries sector in the North of Scotland.

Iain Clark, Chairman of LCMF said: “It’s a real honour to receive this donation from such a prestigious body as the BRIT Trust. We understand this is the first BRIT Trust award given to an organisation in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, so we’re absolutely delighted. It’s perhaps an acknowledgement of the work being done in rural areas like the Highlands to support young musicians and others.”

In announcing their awards, BRIT Trust Chair, Tony Wadsworth CBE said:“The BRIT Trust is known for the long-term support it gives to a number of major charities that draw on the power of music and the creative arts, but we also take pride in supporting a wide range of smaller charities around the country, who may be a little less well known, but contribute to our communities in equally important ways.

The LCMF is a prime example of this. The trustees are delighted to support the LCMF work in remembering John Preston, and we wish them well in their diverse endeavours and the wonderful work they do.”

LCMF Sponsors Woodzstock Music Festival, Inverness


Photos  by Al Donnelly

The John Preston Young Songwriter Awards 2021

At a reception in Inverness on the 30th June, presentations were made to the Recipient and Runner-Up of the John Preston Young Songwriter 2021 Awards by Rory MacDonald (songwriter and founder of iconic Scottsh band, Runrig).

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Above. 16 yr old Rhoehaisse Clark of Invergordon and Recipient of the Young Songwritier Award is  pictured with Rory MacDonald and Iain Clark (Chair, LCMF). 

Above. Runner-up 17yr old David Bromham, from Inverness after receiving his award. 

L-R Iain Clark (LCMF Chair), Fiona Sellar (LCMF V-Chair), Brian Colgan (LCMF Treasurer), R

Above. Iain Clark (Chair), Fiona Sellar (Vice Chair), Brian Colgan (Trustee), Ross Smith (Woodzstock Music Festival)

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