The Young Women’s Music Project has been named as Oxford Act of the Year by BBC Introducing in Oxford. Having raised £5,000 back in April just to keep going the charity project, founded in the 1990s by the late Kate Garrett and now run by musician Zahra Tehrani, aims to “liberate and empower young people across Oxfordshire by providing an inclusive and supportive space for them to make music together, learn new skills, express themselves, and grow in confidence.” The award caps the projects most successful year so far, which included live sets at Common People and Oxjam as well as a number of gigs and exhibitions of their own. Previous winners of the award include Stornoway, Glass Animals, Esther Joy Lane and this month’s Nightshift cover star Willie J Healey.
Talking about the award, BBC Introducing in Oxford producer Liz Green said, “The Young Women’s Music Project give many amazingly talented young women the opportunity to write, record and perform music, some for the first time. They are a welcome refreshing voice on the Oxfordshire music scene, providing an encouraging and empowering environment for young women to express themselves. They’ve had a fantastic year, putting on gigs and workshops regularly and appearing at Common People Festival in South Park, Oxjam, and becoming the Artists in residence at Fusion Arts Centre. It is fantastic to see an Oxford Institution go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for us next year.”