Scott Johnson Bursary Fund for Young Musicians set up in memory of Radiohead drum tech

GregJohnson August 8, 2012 0

A new fund has been set up in the memory of Scott Johnson, the Radiohead drum tech who lost his life in a stage collapse in June, to fund and encourage young musicians in his native Rotherham.

Posting on the band’s Facebook, drummer Philip Selway directed fans to the fund’s newly created donation site. His message read:

Over the past couple of months, a number of people have asked if there is anything they can do in memory of Scott. Scott’s parents have now created the Scott Johnson Bursary Fund for Young Musicians. This will fund musical equipment for young people in Rotherham in the UK, where Scott grew up.

The website can be found at www.scottjohnsonbursary.com. Donations can be made through PayPal.

Scott Johnson’s parents have also uploaded an open letter to the site explaining why the fund has been created. It reads:

Dear friends of Scott,

It has been heart-warming to receive the kind wishes from you all.

We have had many requests for donations in place of flowers and have set up an account that will be the Scott Johnson Bursary for Young Musicians. This will be managed by his friends locally as a fund primarily in Rotherham Schools.

It was not our intention to create this nor wish his friends to spend money that none of us can afford in these difficult times. We hoped that it would be modest but already some companies and teachers want to offer products and services that will benefit these musicians.

Frankly we cannot equate to the financial aspects but if it helps anyone to contribute in this way the account is established to ensure that no other fund is created in error. It may take a while, but we will keep you informed on how the money is spent in due course.

Donate now at www.scottjohnsonbursary.com.