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Gloria Jones launches fundraising plans

Plans to Raise £40,000 to Bring Music and Dance to the Children of Sierra Leone

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The Marc Bolan School of Music Launch Plans to Raise £40,000 to Bring Music and Dance to the Children of Sierra Leone, West Africa

All funds raised will be shared with the British Red Cross to continue to combat the Ebola crisis in the region.

SURREY, UK – 16th February 2015: The Marc Bolan School of Music has revealed its efforts to raise £40,000 and its plans to build an inspirational new music and dance school in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

All funds raised will be shared with the British Red Cross to continue to combat the Ebola crisis in the region.

Gloria Jones, the 1970s Motown sensation who appeared in the Oscar winner “20 Feet from Stardom”, Marc Bolan’s partner and co-founder of the Light of Love Foundation UK, the organisation set up to raise funds for The Marc Bolan School of Music, said, “I am passionate about bringing the chance to embrace music and dance to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people, in a place that I hold so fondly in my heart, Sierra Leone, West Africa. We need to raise over £40,000 to build the school and to support The British Red Cross to help them continue to fight the Ebola crisis.”

Gloria joined forces with Jed Dmochowski, a singer-songwriter, to create the fundraising initiative in Marc Bolan’s name. Supporting the cause is Bolans Architects, based in South London, who revealed the plans and designs for the school which will include an outdoor film school, music rooms, musical instruments, classrooms, a community cinema and a library.

Jed said, “We are all so passionate about giving the children of Sierra Leone an opportunity to create an inspiring and motivating environment that will give them a sense of security and purpose. The students will be nurtured by teachers who will give them faith in their abilities, in the value of childhood and learning. The music and poetry of Marc Bolan will live on.”

Lanre Falase, Architect, Bolans Architects, revealed the plans for the school and highlighted the unique design. He said, “We are delighted to offer our professional design services free-of-charge to the Marc Bolan School of Music initiative in Sierra Leone. The school has been designed with community in mind, using a creative structure to enhance the practicalities of each room, including an open-air amphitheatre. The materials recommended are practical, functional and sensitive to the surroundings. The school will be a wonderful place for the children to learn.”

The Light of Love Foundation has launched a fundraising website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-marc-bolan-school-of-music.

For more information about the school, visit www.marcbolanschool.com.

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Notes to editors

1. Gloria Jones, Jed Dmochowski and Lanre Falase are available for interviews. Contact Paula Averley on 07766 257776 or email Paula@origincomms.com to arrange a suitable date and time.

2. The Light of Love Foundation UK is the charitable organisation set up to raise funds for The Marc Bolan School of Music.

3. Gloria Jones was born in Cincinnati and moved to Los Angeles, California, at the age of seven, where she first started singing. At a young age, Gloria began to perform, recording hits with Cobb’s Greengrass Productions, including Tainted Love, which later became a number one hit for Soft Cell. Gloria toured the United States, appeared on numerous television programmes and performed in plays, such as Catch my Soul with Jerry Lee Lewis, Revolution and Hair, the musical. Gloria also wrote for Motown Records, as well as being a singer for the label. Gloria Jones was also in the Oscar-award winning 20 Feet from Stardom now featured in a new documentary soon to be released 'The Lost Rockers'. At the 86th Academy Awards, it won the award for best documentary. At the 19th Critics' Choice Awards, it also won the Best Documentary Film award. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, it won Best Music Film. Gloria met Marc Bolan of T Rex in 1969 and again in 1972. Gloria and Marc had a son together, Rolan. Marc Bolan died in September, 1977 as a result of a car accident.

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