Disappointment Leyland music venture folds

Kris Johnson also took Step into Music to schools, such as Moss Side Primary School, pictured here
Kris Johnson also took Step into Music to schools, such as Moss Side Primary School, pictured here

A popular music and arts venture for youngsters has folded because of lack of funding.

Step Into Music was set up in October 2012, with music and art workshops being held for children and teens at the Earnshaw Business Centre in Leyland.

Founder Kris Johnson, who volunteered his time to run the operation alongside his day job, said the project was proving such a success that he needed someone to take it on full time and plough more money into the scheme.

“We had a few people interested, but it didn’t work out because of the financial side of things,” he said.

“I found it hard to get outside bodies to support it. It’s a real shame.”

Facilities at the site included a recording studio, musical equipment and a graffiti garden, where youths could spray paint the walls and take photographs of their work.

Kris added: “The children and parents loved it, they really saw a difference in the youngsters’ confidence, so they’re upset it’s gone.

“I just couldn’t find anyone to back it properly.

“When businesses put their hands in their pockets, they tend to choose bigger, more well known charities.”

Now Kris, who lives in Leyland, is in the process of setting up a new business to bring musicians and students closer together – online.

He said: “It’s going to be an online platform where parents and children can find local musicians for lessons, and musicians advertise themselves by uploading videos of them playinginstruments.

“The idea is to give people a choice of teachers based on lots of different styles of music, from One Direction to jazz!”