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Youth Music Mentors scheme offers free music training to young people in Hull

28 January 2008

Youth Music Mentors scheme offers free music training to young people in Hull.

A youth music project in Hull which offers support to young people looking for a future in music is expanding the number of opportunities to take part.

The Youth Music Mentors scheme will offer the chance for young people with some music experience to learn more skills, with the opportunity to volunteer and take part in music masterclasses with professional musicians. The project is aimed at 14 -19 years olds living in Hull and is being delivered by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone.
Using local facilities such as the new Recording Suite at Rhema Youth Works on Newland Avenue, free weekly one-to-one training sessions will be run by musician and DJ Alistair Wilson of 10x10 Productions who will support young people with a keen interest in all forms of music to develop their potential.
Youth Music Mentors project co-ordinator, Samantha Sumerfield of Music4U said of the workshops: "We're pleased to be offering even more opportunities for local young people to learn music skills by working with a professional musician as their mentor."
Alistair Wilson, who also performs as a DJ said of the new programme: "I feel this is a great opportunity for some of the young creative talent in the city to be acknowledged, as well as helping them to learn how passing their skills on to others can be rewarding experience as well as a possible career".
All the workshops form part of a national programme of mentoring to help tackle antisocial behaviour and raise aspirations among young people. Funded by the DCMS via the Respect agenda, the Youth Music Mentors programme will get young people involved in music making and provide one-to-one and group mentoring sessions with peers, musicians and the music industry. This pilot project in Hull is one of 14 national schemes being co-ordinated by Youth Music on behalf of the DCMS.
To get involved young people can contact Hull City Council's Youth Arts Co-ordinator Ruth Drake on 01482 616804 or email respect@humber-music4u.com
More information on Youth Music Mentors in Hull is also available on the Music4U website at www.humber-music4U.com and the project myspace at www.myspace.com/respectmusic4u
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Press Contact:
Melanie Paris on 07931 391736 or Sam Sumerfield on 07968 558118
E Mail:
press@humber-music4u.com
Web Address:
www.humber-music4u.com
Editor's Notes:
1. 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 www.humber-music4u.com
2. Youth Music was set up in 1999 with £10m a year of Lottery funding received through Arts Council England. It funds and facilitates high quality and diverse music making for young people, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need and geographical isolation. Youth Music reached nearly 1,400,000 children and young people in its first five years. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. For further information visit www.youthmusic.org.uk

3. Youth Music Mentors is a national mentoring programme to help tackle antisocial behaviour and raise aspirations among young people. The £666,000 DCMS funded programme will get young people involved in making music and provide one-to-one and group mentoring sessions with peers, musicians and the music industry.

The project is part of a wider programme of activities being developed to help meet the Government's Respect Agenda. Similar mentoring projects are being run, focusing on media (managed by The Media Trust) and sport (managed by Youth Sport Trust and Sport England via delivery agent Creating Excellence).

The Youth Music Mentors programme is being implemented by a number of delivery partners, working in 14 areas, including Youth Music Action Zones, Music Services, community music organisations and Gallery 37+.