Some of Wales’ biggest music names donate top prizes for charity auction
A chance to bid and win to tickets for shows, festivals and exclusive
merchandise and help support the future of music in Wales.
Some of Wales’ biggest promoters, festivals, venues and musicians have donated big prizes to help raise money for Anthem. Cronfa Gerdd Cymru Music Fund Wales’ Atsain Fund, which supports youth music projects across Wales.
The silent auction was launched on the 9 November and will be finished on 7 December 2022. Anyone can bid via the online auction site.
The online auction hosts a selection of prizes, which all hold a strong Welsh link to the music industry. The prizes on offer this year show the true breadth of Welsh music culture ranging from bundles from artists including:
- 9 Bach and Calan
- tickets to forthcoming concerts in Cardiff International Arena (including Yungblud)
- tickets to iconic Welsh festivals Focus Wales and In It Together
- exclusive prizes such as a one-off painting of Womanby Street by Welsh artist Ellen Thomas
- a guitar and lessons offered by Guitar School in North Wales
A full list of prizes is listed on the auction website along with minimum amount of bids for each item.
From music memorabilia to Welsh music experiences, each item will contribute to the support of young people accessing music in Wales.
Anthem CEO Rhian Hutchings said. “We are really excited at the amount of support for the auction from the Welsh music community. Donations made will enable Anthem to continue the vital funding we offer youth music projects across Wales and reach more young people through music.”
Atsain is Anthem’s keynote fund and was launched in December 2021. In the first round of Atsain, Anthem gave over £120,000 to 15 music organisationsreaching and supporting over 2000 young people who experience barriers through life circumstances, geographical issues, identity or background. The second round this autumn will give out a further £100,000. Atsain is backed by investment from Youth Music thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and Anthem’s resources with support from founding patrons.
The Anthem online auction will be open for a month and close at 9.00pm on Wednesday 7th December 2022. A live countdown to the end of the auction will also take place at Anthem’s Family Gathering event in Cardiff Bay, which will celebrate the wonderful people, organisations and partners that have contributed to Anthem’s growth and achievements over the past 2 years.
Anthem Chair David Alston said: “The auction is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the Welsh music sector and also enable the people of Wales to help Anthem in its mission to enable all young people in Wales to access music. We hope this will be the first of many auctions across the next few years, and we hope that more and more Welsh artists will want to get involved!”
Atsain is backed by investment from Youth Music thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the support of Anthem founding patrons.
Many young people in Wales are unable to access music experiences through no fault of their own – a generation without access to music or opportunity to develop if you happen to be in the wrong geographical area, live in an area of high social deprivation or rural isolation or encounter exclusion in whatever form. Anthem’s funding will allow organisations to create new programmes of work or create projects in specific contexts to address young people’s needs and the barriers they face.
The Family Gathering will showcase the programs Anthem have been running over the past year, with performances from their Youth forum collaboration groups and live music from Atsain beneficiaries. It is an invite only event, but invites can be accessed by emailing email@example.com