Jubacana Receives Youth Music Funding!

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music! Our project is now supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

We want to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped us gain this funding, the support, advice, time and love towards our project has been incredible. Thank you for the great support from parents/carers and of course, our young members, the Jubacanians! Here’s to making more amazing music!

– Team Jubacana (Holly, Dan, Simone, Emma & Freya)

Read our press release below:


A youth music project has received national funding to help it continue to grow its work around Oldham.


Jubacana is a young people-led music and performance outfit, which takes inspiration from the rhythms of Brazil, Africa and South-Asia, but with a UK twist.

And now thanks to a £25,000 grant from Youth Music, the project will be able to involve even more young people. Plans are already afoot to put on a number of performances in Oldham and beyond and to work with international artists and even to make a professional recording of their unique global sound.

Established in Manchester in 2014, Jubacana made the move to Oldham last year. The group has already played at high profile events including RHS Tatton Flower Show, Manchester Day, Liverpool and Manchester Pride, Festival Oldham and the Celebrate Festival.

Holly Prest, who grew up in Greenfield, is director of Jubacana. She said:

“I took part in out of school music activities all through my teenage years and it has made me who I am. I made friends for life from communities I otherwise wouldn’t have mixed with, grew in confidence and eventually learned the leadership skills to run projects of my own.

Jubacana is about sharing and taking pleasure in dancing and making music as a group. It is also very much about giving every member memorable experiences and life skills.

This grant will enable us to expand our reach throughout Oldham, mentoring young musicians and future leaders to help give them the best possible chance in life. We are seeking young people with no experience to learn brand new skills, as well as those with experience of South Asian percussion instrument playing.”

Shariq Ali Ashraf, 18, is an A Level student from Chadderton and has been performing with the group for two years. He said:

“Jubacana is different to everything else I’ve ever done.

It gives me loads of creative freedom and has introduced me to lots of new musical styles – both through the music we play together and sharing music with new friends I have made.

I would recommend it to everyone. You don’t need to be able to play an instrument, just to have a love of music and to want to do something different”.

From this month, the group will be running taster workshops in schools and youth groups around Oldham. There will be a summer school in August and a collaboration is already planned with a young people’s percussion group from Glasgow and another from Brazil. A programme of guest tutors has been put together, to bring additional skills and experience to the group.

Young people aged from 8-18 are invited to join Jubacana. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to have your own instrument. The group is also looking for singers, songwriters, other instrumentalists and dancers of every kind.

They meet every Friday from 6pm – 7.30pm at The Old Museum, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN.

Contact info@jubacana.com for more information or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/WeAreJubacana


About Youth Music:

Music-making is life-changing. Every year, Youth Music provides more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. Our music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.

We know that many young people still need our help. Join us in our mission to give every child the chance to make music. Visit www.youthmusic.org.uk

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