Funding worth more than £84,000 has been handed out to young cultural groups in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen City Council launched the £100,000 funding scheme in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
The initiative saw awards of up to £10,000 to support local cultural groups in the city to deliver creative projects.
The new programme was announced at the end of last year following a decision to withdraw £150,000 of funding for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF).
Different groups will use the cash on a variety of projects including a youth jazz festival, an exhibition on what’s good in Aberdeen and a musical theatre production.
Five individuals and 15 youth organisations have received £84,202 having been chosen by a panel including Aberdeen’s Youth Ambassadors.
Amanda Pirie from the Printfield Community Project saw its Shooting Stars initiative receive £5,745.
She said: “We are going to do a musical theatre production with 25 young people in the area. They will write it, rehearse it and perform it at the end.
“It means a lot to get this funding as it can be quite expensive to do anything with the creative arts such as hire tutors and we have never had the chance to do this before.
“It will be the children’s first time to access anything like this. We have removed the barriers of funding and they are getting the opportunity to access things that children in other areas are maybe already accessing.
“The kids will decide on the show when we meet up with the production company.
“It will have both music and dance and I’m sure they will come up with something brilliant.” Jazz Scotland was also among the recipients, receiving £7,540 to stage a festival celebrating young jazz musicians.
Finley Campbell, from the Aberdeen University Jazz organisation, said they were delighted to be running a festival in conjunction with Jazz Scotland.
He said: “We were overjoyed to get the news and receive this funding boost.
“We decided that we will run a festival to showcase young jazz musicians and we are really excited about that.
“We will be putting on workshops and we are looking to do it in the next academic term. We will be planning this during the summer break.”
The remaining budget will be given through the Year of Young People commission grants which will give up to £2,000 to people aged 16-25 to create five new artistic works.
A sum of £5,500 is also being given towards a Year of Young People showcase event highlighting local talent in conjunction with the Youth Ambassadors.
Councillor Lesley Dunbar, vice convener for education operational delivery, said: “We have had a phenomenal response to our £100,000 Year of Young People Creative Fund and we had, in fact, a total of 30 applications for funding support totalling £133,000.
“We are delighted to be able to support 20 of those projects which were successful in their applications.
“It was our young people themselves who were instrumental in choosing the successful projects which will benefit from £84,000 of funding.”