Music is an excellent medium for engaging disadvantaged young people. It provides young people with a positive focus and helps to build their confidence and skills. Many Myplace Centres have excellent music facilities including state of the art recording studios, rehearsal rooms, radio facilities and a range of high quality performance spaces.
Provision varies from Centre to Centre. The Hub in Barnard Castle in County Durham has a music project which has been running for over 14 years and that now supports around 160 people every week through lessons, rehearsals and recordings. The Hub has a small team of talented and dedicated instructors all of whom came through the project as young people themselves and who coach young people on instruments, in bands and in music production. The Hub stages many live music events over the year and past project members have gone on to things such as US tours, mixing commercially available albums, becoming teachers, having record deals, having their music on Hollywood films, adverts and TV shows, setting up record labels and much more.
The Hub, Barnard Castle
In Bristol, The Station has a new music programme which incorporates a variety of music focused courses. This Centre has recently started up a youth record label called Temple Records which works with talented young people from in, and around, Bristol and which is heavily connected to established artists on the Bristol music scene. (The Station finds that established artists are very supportive of upcoming talent and that they can play an important role in raising young people’s aspirations.)
An Open Mic session at The Station