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Music social enterprise leader nominated for award

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Gail Griffiths, the managing editor of Pontypridd-based social enterprise Plugged In, has been nominated in the ‘Educator’ category of the IWA Inspire Wales Awards.

In a context of high unemployment among young people in the South Wales Valleys, Ms Griffiths took the decision eight years ago to found and run a music magazine run entirely by volunteers, using her experience of more than 20 years in the media industry.

Ms Griffiths runs free workshops to tutor disadvantaged young people in the Valleys and gives young people a rare chance to create a portfolio of music-related work to help land employment.

Within two issues, Ms Griffiths began distributing Plugged In across Wales to more than 200 locations. It is also available internationally via download.

The mother of a young family, she juggles the responsibility of family life with involving around 50 young people in producing each issue and must work tirelessly to secure funding for print costs for each run.

Now on its 11th issue, Plugged In has reached out to more young people and aims to expose unsigned bands in Wales – and the Welsh music industry – to the wider public.

The names of the IWA Inspire Wales Awards category winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner to be held at the Cardiff City Hall on 17 June 2011.


Source: walesonline.co.uk

For more information and support for social enterprises in Wales visit the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Written by C Kenzie

May 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

Posted in social enterprise

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