New organisation helps the homeless through the power of music

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A new not-for-profit organisation is helping homeless people in Sheffield through the power of music.

Tape UK, the brainchild of 17-year-old Dillon Willis, is a music platform where artists will play a session for an online channel and then donate.

He is trying to raise £500 for high quality cameras and audio equipment.

When the target is reached everything else raised will go towards providing food, clothing and shelter as well as other resources for Sheffield’s homeless.

The Handsworth youngster said: “Tape UK will be a fun and active online music and media outlet dedicated to providing exposure to artists, entertainment for music fans and, most importantly, help to people who need it.

“The artists that feature will donate an amount of their choice so long as that reaches the minimum donation of £20.

“This amount secures the ability to make a difference to the local homeless people and provides an online video that artists can be proud about and really show off.”

It is estimated 498 people sleep rough across South Yorkshire every night and there are 84,900 families classified as homeless.

Dillon said: “I think there is definitely a big problem with homelessness in Sheffield. I believe that just one person forced to sleep on the streets is one too many and unfortunately we’re living in a place where not many people actually try to help.

“I just hope this project can really inspire people and if they see their favourite artist doing something about it, they might too.”

Dillon, a record label and music business apprentice, said: “After playing in a band it came to my attention there aren’t many affordable platforms for musicians to really show themselves off on. This is why I wanted to start a music platform of my own.”