High note for music makers

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A Bishopbriggs social 
enterprise, which reaches out to elderly people, has been praised as a “great example” of Scottish Government 
investment in communities.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay met with constituent Joe McGuire, who recently received 
start-up assistance from the government.

The funding came from Firstport, which runs the 
Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund.

Outcomes the Music will provide regular live music in care homes and other community events, starting in East Dunbartonshire then expanding to other areas.

Rona Mackay said: “It is wonderful to meet Joe McGuire and hear about the social enterprise he is starting up and how it has benefited from Scottish Government funding.

“I particularly like that it will be providing music to the elderly and community – this is a great example of
 what the SNP government’s Social Entrepreneur’s Fund is for.

“Outcomes the Music is a novel idea which I think will have a great impact on those elderly people, who maybe cannot make it out to social events elsewhere.”

Joe said: “I would like to thank Rona Mackay MSP for taking the time to meet with me and hear what Outcomes the Music is all about.

“We talked about my background, how the idea came about and plans for the future of the social enterprise.

“I agree with what Rona said, that Outcomes the Music is benefiting from a great Scottish Government initiative – the funding has really helped get the social enterprise started.”

Since April 2009, Firstport have made over 800 awards and distributed £5.3million across Scotland.

As well as running the Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund, Firstport is also the start-up delivery partner for the Just Enterprise consortium, providing free business support for people looking to get started. Visit http://www.firstport.org.uk/