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New music project with BBC Blast will benefit young people across region

20 June 2008

BBC Blast work with Music4U in region wide music projects

Music4U - the Humber Region Music Action Zone - will join forces with BBC Blast to run a run a series of innovative rock and world music workshops and performances for more than 300 young people across the Humber Region in a year-long project.

The Zone is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music who work in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils and supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

This joint initiative will give young people, many of who had not have the opportunity to make music, the chance to take part in workshops, develop their music skills and perform in some of the region's leading music festivals. They will also have the opportunity to load their music, video and lyrics onto the BBC Blast website at so they can be listened to by thousands of other young people around the country. The website is also a useful resource for young people with lots of tips and tools covering a range of commonly asked questions ranging from how to put sound insulation in home studio through to what to you need to know when hiring a PA for a gig.

These open access workshops, aimed at young people aged between 13 and 18 years old, will be run by a team of trained community musicians working in the region and also some of the performers taking part in the region's music festivals. The West African band, Etran Finatawa who is in the line-up for Bridlington's Musicport this year will bring their style of music to groups of young people later in the year who will also get an insight into a different culture. This band combines the rich nomadic cultures of the Tuareg and Wodaabe people and blend traditional instruments with electric guitars and transport their audiences to the Sahara with their evocative sounds.

Paul Corcoran, BBC Learning Project Manager was delighted to be working with Music4U. He said: "This is an extremely exciting regional partnership. BBC Blast and its supporting learning resources alongside the creative skills of Music4U practitioners will inspire and equip young people to be truly creative."

Some of the young people taking part in these newly created music projects will have the chance to showcase their music at some of the music festivals in the region and celebrate their achievements. These include: The Buzz Festival in Scunthorpe; Creative Voice in Hull; the North East Lincolnshire Arts Festival Forum and Musicport World Music Festival in Bridlington.

Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U, was delighted with the new partnership. She commented: "We look forward to working hard together and building a strong relationship that will help us to uncover and nurture the amazingly talented young musicians, singers, song writers, DJ's and technicians in our region.

"We have a superb team of trained community musicians who will work alongside the young people in groups as well as individuals and who will bring them up to a standard whereby they feel confident to perform in front of a large audience. This new relationship with BBC Blast will enhance the range of opportunities and resources available to our young people in our region, they will be able to develop their work through the BBC Blast website and expand the various platforms in which their creations can be seen and heard. "

More information about Music4U and the BBC Blast workshops can be found on the website at or on myspace at


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Editors Notes:

Music4U is the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at

Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. More info is available at Since the creation of the first Youth Music Action Zone in 2000, the concept has been rolled out over 24 regions across England and Wales, some of which are now in their sixth year of operation. With a remit to support music-making activities for some of the UK's most disadvantaged young people, Youth Music Action Zones have gone on to reach over 230,000 children and young people, encouraging their talents, building their confidence and transforming the landscape of musical opportunity throughout the UK. The music making supported is of the widest variety, from hip-hop and dj-ing to classical and jazz.

BBC Blast is a BBC initiative which encourages, inspires and supports 13 to 19 year olds throughout the UK to get creative. It helps young people develop their skills and turn their ideas for art, dance, film, music, writing and games in to a reality. Their website is packed with opportunities to upload content, receive on-line tutorials and a wealth of accessible information.