The New Makars Trust has over 8 years developed a unique approach, bringing professional songwriters into Scottish communities to work with local people to create their own songs about their own lives. The Trust's first big project was in the Kingdom of Fife, 1997 - 2000, creating and gathering hundreds of songs. The success of this project won Scottish Arts Council funding in 2003 - 5 for another major project, in which South Lanarkshire communities created hundreds more songs, and in smaller projects in particular Fife communities the Trust's approach has been developed and refined.

In projects to date the Trust has worked with many organisations including over 50 schools, and 30 day centres and old people's homes. Over 3,500 people have been involved in creating and singing songs about life in their own community, and the performances of the resulting songs have been attended by audiences of over 15,000. Many other projects have been spawned from the work. The Trust's work has been strongly supported and funded by the Scottish Arts Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Fife Council.

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