Pitching it to the Community
JNX Productions is an inclusive music school supporting and promoting music within the community. Based in Tisbury, Wiltshire, this facility boasts purpose-built practice rooms and classrooms allowing it to offer tuition on all instruments from the piano to the voice with experienced and qualified teaching staff.
The school actively encourages groups and individuals to come together and enjoy learning and performing music in its facilities. It runs such outreach programmes for the benefit of the community as community choirs, workshops, tuition in schools and seasonal concerts.
In the light of the loss of existing services and lack of accessibility to music services and tuition Mark developed a one-stop shop for people of all ages and abilities to easily access music tuition and support. As Mark commented: “In recent years all forms of the arts have been hit by budget cuts. This year alone has seen Wiltshire Council close its music service – a service that provided not only tuition in schools but also access to instruments and sheet music for hundreds of young children in the area.”
Having been turned down by the banks, Fredericks Foundation gave Mark the opportunity to turn his dream into reality. Fredericks not only provided financial support, but also offered mentoring during the start up period and beyond.
Mark commented that he owed a lot to Fredericks Foundation and was delighted that a charity exists that can see past the tick box exercises of the banks and believes in the individual. “The application form was very detailed but it really made sure you’ve thought about every aspect of your business. A case manager is on hand to explain the process clearly and was open for me to ask any questions. This continued right through to the panel hearing at which she was present to support me.”
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Talking about the application process, Mark further observed that he found the Fredericks Foundation panel to be welcoming and supportive, offering advice from their own experiences. He commented: “In my experience the whole process was easy to understand but you do need to know your business and have done your homework to ensure that you are able to answer all the questions”
Thanks to the support of Fredericks Foundation, Mark is now planning on investing in his business and expanding the range of services offered into being a complete performance-based school.
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