Pioneering music and arts organisation, Audio Active, has successfully secured funding to run a two-year, music and performance training project for young people at The School Creative Centre, Rye. The award of £30,000 by The National Association for Youth Music, will give local young people the opportunity to work alongside professional artists to learn DJing and turntablism skills, rap & lyric writing and music production – developing both their artistic and social skills.
Following their successful collaboration with The School Creative Centre on two multi-disciplinary urban arts projects, Street and 2nd Street, Audio Active set up a second base at The School in 2010. In conjunction with Christine Harmar-Brown, The School’s Outreach and Education Co-ordinator they have been running weekly workshops for 11-19 year olds, with professional beat-boxing and live-looping artist Ollie Finn and rap impresario Jon Clark. During this time the group have written, scored, recorded and produced an album and video, the Bayeux Rapestry; co-produced the highly successful summer production, Rapdramatic; and brought music to the masses with an amazing live performance of beatbox, live-looping, freestyle rhymes and scratching broadcast on UStream.
Audio Active’s General Manager, Adam Joolia says “Having a base at The School Creative Centre for the last year has enabled us to develop the scope of our work across the South East.” He continues; “With funding in place for the next two years we are looking forward to sharing in the development of the creative programmes on offer at The School and being part of this exciting artistic hub.”
The new programme of free events will start in August, from 6.30-8.30pm on:
Lyric writing, freestyling, storytelling rap and performance skills with Jon Clark
DJ Academy: sampling, scratching and mixing with Matt Prince
Music production and technology, singing and song writing and live looping with Ollie Finn
Notes to editors:
AudioActive (www.audioactive.org.uk) AudioActive specialises in the use of music technology and the performance of urban art forms – from hip hop and rap to slam poetry and jazz – to develop young people’s artistic and social skills.
The School Creative Centre is a creative and cultural hub and studio facility for professional artists and makers of outdoor work, offering a varied performance and live music programme and dynamic visual and performing arts workshops for children, young people and adults in Kent and East Sussex. www.theschoolcreativecentre.co.uk