The first in a series of projects run by the Rothesay Pavilion Charity while the building is closed for refurbishment starts this week.
The project, which is entitled #ROTHESAYLIVE, kicks off at the charity’s new premises at 30-31 East Princes Street this Friday, November 20, between 5pm and 7.30pm.
It will work with young people on Bute in order to create more opportunities for them to get involved with music making and more opportunities for them to present their work to the public.
The charity’s development manager, Stuart Thomas, said: “Because there is a lack of spaces and venues for young people to congregate – let alone places to make and present music - phase one of this project will focus on equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and experience - as well as the equipment required - to present their own music and the music of others to the public.
“The project will cover all aspects from DJing, MCing, singing, playing instruments, music production, remixing; PA systems, live sound; electronics etc.
“It will also focus on teaching practical skills, which will allow young people to build and create the things required: everything from making cables, building speakers, through to making their own music.
“The project is primarily targeted at 12-18 year olds, however we will tailor the content of the project based on the group of participants, so younger children and older young adults are able to take part.
“We are very keen to work with both boys and girls and we have a team of female musicians and mentors helping us to deliver this.
“The project will run from November 2015 to July 2016, the participants working towards running their own area or stage as part of ButeFest 2016. It is likely that there will be around 30 sessions of two hours between now and July, with dates to be confirmed.
“We hope to have a pool of up to 20-30 young people, with perhaps a core-group of around 10-12 who attend more regularly.
“We will do our best to be flexible and to accommodate all those who are interested in taking part and will produce a schedule with the participants, which we will share in due course.”
The first session will take place at Rothesay Pavilion Charity’s new shop front/office space at 30-31 East Princes Street this Friday between 5pm and 7.30pm, which will cover DJing, MCing, singing and songwriting and music production, live instrumentation and live remixing.
The session is free of charge and open to all young people aged 10-25.
“We are also keen that parents, careers and any adult who is interested in assisting the project can come along to find out more, either at 4.45-5.15pm or at 7.15-7.30pm,” Stuart added.
A taster of some of the island’s young musical talent was offered at the Pavilion’s Closing Weekend Festival at the end of September, when the Red Hearted Vibes and Layla Templeton - winners of the Rothesay Academy Live Lounge competition earlier this year - performed at the Pavilion cafe.
More details of the project are on the #ROTHESAY LIVE Facebook page (facebook.com/rothesaylive).
In the meantime, any questions or queries about the project can be directed to Stuart Thomas on 07872 068174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.