Singer brings loan shark horror to life in song
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Finance, Legal
A Salford singer has written a song about loan sharks and the desperateness and violence that their victims face.
Dominic Williams' 'Bite The Hand That Feeds' was the winning entry in a songwriting competition organised by the Salford Music Foundation as part of a larger campaign to promote awareness of loan sharks and to promote the legitimate alternatives.
The song has now been turned into a music video that illustrates some of the desperation of victims, using a number of Salford actors, and also illustrates that victims are from all areas of life.
The video illustrates the reality of being a victim of a loan shark, the fear that illegal methods of collecting on loans creates and the astronomical interest rates charged by illegal money lenders.
The project was funded with cash confiscated from convicted illegal money lenders as part of the Your Choice scheme.
In October 2013, The England Illegal Money Lending Team, who specialise in investigating and prosecuting loan sharks, worked in partnership with Salford City Council, City West Housing Trust and Greater Manchester Police to give residents a say in how loan sharks' cash should be spent.
Salford Music Foundation’s song writing competition was one of five projects to successfully receive funding.
The video will be launched at the New Inn, Manchester Rd, Little Hulton on 15 February. As well as the video being shown there will be live music from Dominic Williams, some of the runner-up contestants and other bands from Salford.
An EP collecting together some of the winning songs will be released on iTunes on 10 March, by Salford-based record label Affinity Records.
Tony Quigley, head of the England Illegal Money Lending Team, said: “The Your Choice initiative was hugely positive with the extorted cash being put to excellent use, funding innovative projects like this. Loan sharks are a scourge on society and cause harm and misery to their victims, but we are continuing to tackle them in Salford and across the country."