Alice Gross memorial award launched for young musicians

The song writing award has been added to seven existing categories for young musicians and singers that are already offered by Ealing Music Service. These awards are designed to help talented students progress to their fullest potential and are particularly aimed at pupils whose families find it difficult to support the increased cost of tuition in line with their progression.

The British Grove Studios in Chiswick, founded by Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, is supporting the council’s Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Award by offering the prize of a one day recording session at the studios for the award winner. Applicants for the award must be in year 10 or 11 and either live or go to school in Ealing.

Alice Gross was a promising musician and song writer who attended Brentside High School in Ealing and tragically lost her life in September 2014. Alice hoped, one day, to have a career in music.

Cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Binda Rai said: “As a council we wanted to honour Alice and the love she had for music making and song writing by creating this award in her memory and give the opportunity to other young people to share their music.

“We have a lot of talented and creative young people in our borough and there are several awards suitable for a range of musicians from seven to 26 years of age. I would like to encourage young people of all abilities and backgrounds to apply for these awards.”

Details on all the Ealing Music Service awards can be found at www.ealingmusicservice.com/awards
Alice’s family have also set up Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund in support of the National Foundation for Youth Music to enable disadvantaged young musicians and singers to follow their musical passions.

For more information on the Alice Gross Memorial Fund visit their website.