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Kingston receives £14,900 to support next generation of musicians

Kingston Council has received £14,900 from Arts Council England to inspire young people to get involved with music within their community and develop their talent.

CirKT Next Generation will be a part of the council’s live music project CirKT connecting artists and venues in a celebration of grass roots music talent.

Funded by the Mayor of London as part of his London Borough of Culture initiative, Kingston Council was awarded £90,000 to celebrate its home-grown talent, rich music heritage, live music scene and the night-time economy. The funding from the Arts Council will form a strand of the project to engage young people and will culminate with a one day music industry event, co-curated by a group of young people.

As part of the funding, the council will be asking young people how they engage with music and how they would like us to shape the future of music in Kingston. The consultation will also help identify young people who would like to deepen their involvement and form a steering group to co-curate a music industry event and act as champions for music.

Cllr Malcolm Self, Kingston Council's portfolio holder for Culture, said:

“I’m thrilled that we have been awarded this funding. Through CirKT Next Gen, we want to broaden the reach of our work and music offer and support more young people to develop their skills. The project will enable us to engage and inspire young people who may not be actively involved in music and help grow Kingston’s young local music talent.” 

The initiative will be based on Arts Council England’s quality principles which aims to raise the standard of work being produced by, with and for children and young people. The project will be led by Kingston Music Service, who currently deliver a range of music lessons and ensembles for over 3500 young people across the borough each year.

To find out how to get involved in the project or for more information contact [email protected].