Aspiring youngsters given taste of music industry
25 April 2008
Calling aspiring young performers and music
British Urban Collective music project is rolling out
across the country for the first time this year, and Hull is the
only city in Yorkshire to be chosen to take part.
Auditions will be held next week for 16 to 25-year-old aspiring
musicians, singers, producers, DJs and managers to hone their
skills and learn the inner workings of the music industry.
Those lucky enough to be chosen will be trained by industry
experts, including singer Sam Brown. They will then go on to create
their own songs, which will be produced in the University of Hull's
professional-quality Salmon Grove Studios.
Music executives at major record companies, including Universal,
will then pick the best three tracks from each city for a CD album
to be launched in London later this year.
The University's state-of-the-art facilities will be used for
recording and staff, including Michael Fletcher of the University's
Music department, will be giving advice on higher education.
Final-year University students will also assist in the recording
phase, providing them with industry experience and giving the young
musicians a flavour of what Music at the University of Hull has to
Michael Fletcher, Salmon Grove Studios Manager and Engineer,
said, "This project is a great way for us at the University to help
nurture and build upon the latent talent pool in Hull and the
region, to generate real outcomes for local musicians. For the
lucky participants who make it into the Collective, the training,
networking and recording opportunities afforded by this project
should provide the impetus to launch exciting careers."
British Urban Collective started as the Urban
Collective in London four years ago. It provided young people
access to expertise and facilities to help them forge a career in
the music industry. Now, the founder, Harry Leckstein, is rolling
the programme out to five cities across the UK, including Hull.
He said, "In the past four years, the Urban Collective project
has helped more than two hundred young people across London. Now we
have the chance to work across the UK and I'm very excited to work
with all the young people out there who are determined to become
the new pioneers of our industry."
The scheme is establishing permanent legacies in each of the
cities it visits. In Hull, it is hoped young people chosen for the
scheme will continue its work with their own recording studio and
Auditions start on Monday at the Freedom Centre, Preston Road,
and continue throughout the week at venues across Hull. One of
those venues is The Warren, which specialises in working with
inner-city young people and is partly-funded by the Execution
Charitable Trust, the main funder behind British Urban
Stewart Baxter of The Warren said, "The project is aimed at
young people in urban areas who possibly would never get a chance
like this. We are very excited to be a part of the project and are
sure the whole experience will be hugely beneficial for the people
involved. We hope this is just the start of more projects
understanding the importance of the arts to the development of
Following on from the auditions, a group of young people will be
chosen for the specialist training and expert advice and will
create their own music. The best three tracks from each city will
be picked by industry experts later in the year for a
nationally-launched album and live event in London.
Harry said the auditions are open to young people interested in
any aspect of the music industry.
"We are looking for people with the right attitude," he
explained. "There are plenty of talented people out there, and some
may not have a lot of experience, but if you are interested just
turn up and have a chat. This is open not just to musicians and
singers, but DJs, aspiring producers and managers."
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