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Local Arts Centre shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015
Raw Material Music and Media Education Centre in Brixton, London, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2015 Biffa Awards. A ceremony which recognises the people who build communities and transform lives through Biffa Award funded projects.
The centre will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Community Buildings’ category and receive a £1,500 prize!

The renovation project received £19,860 in funding from Biffa Award to install an energy saving heating system in the centre. This change has made a marked difference to various youth programmes creating a building where young people can mix and engage with others. The award enabled Raw Material to raise further funds to complete the refurbishment of the studios and education rooms, rewire the centre and add new lighting and technical equipment. These improvements have made the centre a safe, warm and comfortable place for vulnerable people to study and improve opportunities through the arts.

The Biffa Awards 2015 will be held on October 1 at the Coventry Transport Museum. All the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the passion and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to building communities and transforming lives; benefiting those around them, as well as the environment.

Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
 “The Biffa Awards have been held for over 10 years and each year they create a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a wonderful achievement in itself.  Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”