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Scots being asked to pass on the gift of music

Be Charlotte launches Pass it on Week musical instrument amnesty with performance in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street  

7 Mar 18

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Charlotte Brimner – also known as Be Charlotte - was in Glasgow today (Tuesday 6 March) to launch a Musical Instrument Amnesty as part of this year’s Pass it on Week (10 to 18 March 2018) organised by Zero Waste Scotland.

The Dundee-born music star, who has picked up awards including BBC Introducing 'Ones to Watch' 2016, Best Electronic Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and played to packed crowds at Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival in the summer, took to Glasgow’s city centre to encourage anyone who might have a good quality musical instrument that they no longer use, to pass it on so that someone else can enjoy the gift of music.

People who would like to donate an instrument can drop them into collection points all over Scotland – they can find their nearest by visiting www.recycleforscotland.com/instrument-amnesty-collection-points

Charlotte was joined by pupils from Hyndland Secondary School on Buchanan Street for an impromptu session where she entertained fans and passers-by alike.

Be Charlotte at the launch of Pass it on Week

She said: "I previously donated an old acoustic guitar to someone my mum works with. She runs a charity organisation encouraging people get involved in creativity and it's amazing to see the impact that the guitar has had on someone's life.  That person is now gigging regularly and writing their own music, as well as learning to play some of his favourite songs.   I feel that it is important that everyone has the opportunity to make music, even if it's just for fun.  

“My first instrument was violin, but I wasn't very good at it! It's quite a difficult instrument to be around when someone is not very good at it...so we traded it for a guitar and I've never looked back really.  The fact I was able to get a second hand guitar, and write music and discover more about myself as a person through writing, it really helped me to grow from childhood into being a young adult.  The fact that I now get to tour in other countries is partly down to the fact I was able to pick up a guitar when I was 13 years old. 

“I want to be able to help other kids to experience the happiness that music making can offer.  I'm proud to help celebrate the launch of Zero Waste Scotland and would encourage anyone who has instruments gathering dust, to give those instruments a purpose and put them within reach of people who will cherish them.  Music is for everyone, so let’s make sure we make the best use of all the instruments that are available to people.”

Be Charlotte in Glasgow


Annually, Pass it on Week action aims to showcase re-use as a quality, attractive alternative to new – and offers Scots the chance to help others and the environment by keeping things in use.

This year, more than 50 local music organisations and charities from across Scotland have come forward to be local beneficiaries of the Musical Instrument Amnesty and will act as collection points for people to drop off instruments. There’s still time to sign up your organisation here: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/passonthemusic.

Andrew Pankhurst, Zero Waste Scotland’s Re-use Campaigns Manager and himself a keen musician, said:

“It’s really exciting to be able to turn our annual focus on re-use towards music this year, and unleash the untapped potential of all the un-played instruments out there, so it’s amazing to have such a talented young musician like Be Charlotte leading the call for people across Scotland to pass things on. And of course, the instrument amnesty is only one element of Pass it on Week, and one way of getting across the message that any items you no longer use can still have a useful life with someone else, so if you don’t use something, why not pass it on this week, and help keep stuff in use for longer.”

In addition to the Musical Instrument Amnesty, Pass it on Week will see people across Scotland swapping, donating, sharing and repairing to help make things last. Share your Pass it on Week story on social media using the #PassItOnWeek hashtag.

To find out ways you can get involved, visit: www.passitonweek.com


Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland operates Scotland’s national Revolve quality standard, which aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations. Revolve certification gives shoppers confidence that the second-hand goods they buy are good quality and from a reputable retailer. To find your nearest Revolve certified store visit www.revolvereuse.com
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s work can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . Keep up to date with our latest news on - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn


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