We are Music based in Harwich, has just received funding from Youth Music to run a two-year project providing help for young people who want to start out in the music industry. The project has also received funding and help from the Essex Music Education Hub. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for young musicians to get on the first rung of the ladder and this project provides real help.

Chris Scott a trustee of the charity, stated “The music industry has changed significantly, and artists and bands have to progress their career themselves. Not only are they expected to write and play music, but they must have a strong social media following, release their own music and make live performances. The days of sending an EP to a major label and them signing you to a contract have gone. “

The UK music industry is a multi-billion-pound operation but often young people who take a degree course are unlikely to recoup the cost of their education. It is also difficult for young artists to afford the costs of self-promotion, production of recorded music and opportunities to perform. They gain little income from playing to fund their progression, often venues expect them to play for free or gain a share of ticket sales. This project provides fully funded hands on experience, facilities and support.

Through this project We are Music provides an equipped studio for creative writing and recording with a range of DAW software. Practical studio courses will pass on professional studio tips. A studio engineer is provided to work alongside the young musicians and the project encourages the production and distribution of a digital single release. The project has links with industry professionals who will give feedback.

Live performance videos will be produced to enable the bands and artists to provide a showcase, primarily used to gain performance opportunities from venues. In additional through industry contacts the project will network playing opportunities for young bands.

Toby, the project manager, said “These funded activities will really help artists to get their music out and move them on. There is nothing like getting your music played on Spotify or the radio to make you feel you are succeeding!”

For more information contact We are Music through contact@getknown.org

YOUTH MUSIC Every year, Youth Music provides more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.

ESSEX MUSIC EDUCATION HUB aims to provide high-quality, diverse, sustainable music education opportunities for all children and young people. Their responsibility is not just to deliver work, but also to connect the music education and cultural landscape across Essex and beyond, and that’s why partnership working is so crucial.