Disquiet in Kent! Musical Futures Youth Training Project

Disquiet is Musical Futures’ first ever project that trains young music leaders in community settings, to run their own music clubs and was awarded Youth Music funding in 2017.

Working in partnership with Ideas Test in Swale and Medway, Kent and Kent Music, the project has trained a number of young people aged 16-19 in workshop skills using the Musical Futures approach. 

Fran Hannan, Managing Director at Musical Futures said: “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, said: “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, ukulele, vocals, keyboard, 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 ‘Just Play’ approach used in many 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

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.

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

Have learnt so much today, will revolutionise my teaching. Super, uplifting, motivational, inspirational.

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

Excellent workshops – extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Would be lost without MF – The organisation supports my ethos as a teacher!

Teacher of Music, Turves Green Girls School