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rehearsal spaces

We have spent £440,000 establishing 14 pilot music rehearsal spaces for young people in a range of urban and rural areas of England experiencing multiple deprivation.

The funds were used to provide instruments and equipment, and contributed towards the cost of necessary capital works, such as sound proofing. The vast majority of the spaces are located in local authority owned buildings – often existing community spaces.

The spaces are located in Liverpool, Bristol (two spaces), Washington, Birmingham (two spaces), Coventry, Hastings, Manchester, Rotherham, Nottingham, North and West Norfolk, and St Austell (where mobile facilities are also supporting the project to meet the needs of the wider rural community).

This scheme underlines the Government’s commitment to support grass roots music development, and is an example of what can be achieved through public private partnership.  The spaces have been created in collaboration with local and regional government, youth music organisations, and the music industry. The Music Industries Association and its member companies have supported the scheme by providing cut price instruments and equipment. Youth Music has supported the rehearsal spaces through various programmes and by grant aid to support the development and delivery of activities in some facilities.

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music, is helping build the necessary partnerships in the music industry to enhance the success of the scheme. Support has already been promised from music industry partners, including the British Phonographic Industry, the Association of Independent Music, Sony-BMG Music Entertainment (UK) and the MCPS/PRS Alliance; and Apple has offered free computers, training and software.

We continue to work with all these partners to develop the scheme, ensuring the spaces fulfil their objectives of addressing social issues, developing grass-roots talent and nurturing creativity in a broad range of music industry disciplines. We’ll be monitoring the scheme to assess its impact.

Razor, an artist who regularly uses the Nottingham rehearsal space, has written a guest post in our blog explaining the impact the scheme has had on her artistic development.  

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