Funded opportunity for youngsters to explore music dream

A programme of free sessions to support aspiring young local musicians will be delivered through Findhorn Bay Arts thanks to a funding package from the Youth Music Initiative.

Remix follows on from the successful ‘In the Mix’ project where over 275 young people participated across 85 creative programmes over the course of two years (previously funded by Cashback for Creativity). 

Working with key referral partners and youth work agencies including Aberlour Youth Point, Moray Council, Quarriers, Keith Loft Youth Project and Elgin Youth Cafe, Findhorn Bay Arts will engage with Moray’s young people aged between 16 and 21 who are interested in digital music-making and sound production. 

Working in small groups or on a one-to-one basis, digitally or face-to-face (adhering to social distancing measures), the aim of the project is to empower young people to have the self-belief and confidence to take risks and experiment with their music making. The project will be led by Steve Gasgarth and Dave Martin from Electrolabs.

Remix will begin the week commencing Monday 27 July with a series of daily free online film presentations by professional Moray-based music makers. 

The musicians will include:

  • Monday 27 July:  Steve Gasgarth 
  • Tuesday 28 July:  Siobhan Wilson
  • Wednesday 29 July:  Steve Sharpe
  • Thursday 30 July:  Mhairi Marwick
  • Friday 31 July:  Quee MacArthur
  • Saturday 1 August:  Dave Martin

All the films will be shown at 5pm and accessed by visiting the Findhorn Bay Arts facebook page. 

Following this, a free online workshop programme will begin on Monday 31 August, which will run for six weeks.

A young person who participated in the first project said: “I wanted to learn how to make music… It makes me feel… just really happy… it’s fun and I love playing music”

Steven Gasgarth from Electrolabs, who was also involved with ‘In The Mix’ added: “I could see that their confidence increased in every session, along with their aspirations, especially after we put their first track on Soundcloud and they could share it with their friends.”

To find out more and to register to take part please contact Findhorn Bay Arts on projects@findhornbayarts.com or visit its website www.findhornbayarts.com

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