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Suggs named new ambassador for Mayor’s music charity

'As Winston Churchill said when they wanted to close the arts and music colleges for the war effort - “then what are we fighting this war for?'

15 April, 2019

Suggs at his favourite venue, the Dublin Castle in Camden Town.

MADNESS singer Suggs is ready to launch a war effort to promote the arts after being named as the new ambassador the mayor’s music charity.

He is giving his high profile support to the Camden Music Trust, which works to fund inclusive music education programmes, scholarships and affordable music instruments for loan to ensure all Camden children can take part in music making. It was selected as Mayor Jenny Headlam-Wells’ mayoral charity during her year as the borough’s first citizen.

To announce his new role, Suggs met schoolchildren from Camden  who are learning with the music service, at the Dublin Castle, the venue in Parkway where Madness played some of their first gigs.

Suggs said: “I am very pleased to be involved with the Mayor of Camden, the Camden Music Trust and many others in promoting music for young people. For too long arts have not been given the priority they deserve. But who in this country is not cheered up by music – and by the money it generates. Without the help of others, the pubs and clubs of Camden would not be here for us.

He added: “As Winston Churchill said when they wanted to close the arts and music colleges for the war effort – “then what are we fighting this war for?”

Cllr Headlam-Wells, said: “It’s wonderful to have such an icon of Camden musical talent on board to inspire children and young people in Camden so they too could go on to have a successful career in music.

She added: “More than just learning an instrument, music helps build confidence and self-esteem, supports academic achievement, improves sociability, fosters discipline and patience and promotes creativity. These soft skills are vitally important to the growth and wellbeing of children and young adults, they help raise aspiration and open up life chances.”

The Mayor is set to raise over £80,000 for the Camden Music Trust by the end of her Mayoral year, which comes to an end next month.

Esther Caplin, Chair of the Camden Music Trust, which supports Camden’s Music Service, said: “We are delighted Suggs has chosen to become an ambassador for our charity. As a respected musician with strong links to Camden, his support helps us raise awareness of the importance of music education for a child’s overall development.”

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