Musical Futures are excited to announce they have been awarded funding for Disquiet, their first ever project that trains young music leaders in community settings, to run their own music clubs.

Working in partnership with Ideas Test in Swale and Medway, Kent, the project will train six young people aged 16-19 in workshop skills using the Musical Futures approach. 

Fran Hannan, Managing Director at Musical Futures says: “We are delighted to be piloting our approach in youth and community centres, at a time when funding is challenging. Later in the project, young music leaders will co-produce a new toolkit. This will be shared nationally as we hope to inspire other young people to run music clubs.”

Cassandra Gibbs, Programme Co-ordinator at Ideas Test, says: “We are looking forward to engaging local young people with music making in areas where arts provision is low. We will also have new instruments and equipment, which is fantastic.”

Trainee music leaders will have the opportunity to:

* develop music skills on a variety of instruments including guitar, vocals, keys, bass and drums.
* gain an arts qualification and leadership skills for their CV
* receive a training bursary of up to £300
* learn the Musical Futures approach that is used in schools across the UK and apply it to a community setting
* get ongoing support and coaching while they run and lead music workshops for other young people

Taster sessions are happening on Saturday 18th March 2017. Full information here.

Applications for the programme are open until the end of March 2017. Contact cassandra@ideastest.co.uk for more info.

Ideas Test is one of 21 Creative People and Places programmes supported by Arts Council England to increase participation in areas of low arts engagement. The project will take place at their arts venue, No. 34 in Sittingbourne, and Woodies Youth Centre in Rochester. 

Disquiet is supported by a £23,390 grant from Youth Music and will run until April 2018.