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Young people to help shape Kingston’s music offer

A new Youth Music Board is set to play a key part in helping shape Kingston’s Music Service, giving young people a voice in helping deliver what’s on offer in the borough.

The board is being set up on the back of findings from a recent consultation and will work closely with the council to broaden the range of activities and styles of music for 13 -18 year olds, help plan future events for young people and influence music and culture in the borough.

Between May and July this year, the Kingston Music Service worked with leading youth music charity, Sound Connections, and asked young people for their views on how they experience music and what they want to see in the future. 

Over 300 young people took the time to give their views and said that music is a big part of their everyday lives and they enjoy attending social and fun music activities such as gigs and discos. The feedback also showed that young residents are very keen for opportunities to play music locally as well as there being interest in an affordable instrument library.

The results showed not having the time, a lack of confidence and not enough opportunities were the main reasons preventing more young people getting involved with music

Kingston Council Portfolio Holder for Community and Governance, Cllr Andreas Kirsch, said:

 “It’s brilliant that so many young people had their say and what drives their passion for music. We are committed to providing the best possible musical opportunities for people in the borough and know that getting people interested at a young age is important. We hope the new board will help us develop our existing services and make them better.”

The council will also be working with a wide range of partners to better promote the current music offer in the borough and link in with Kingston’s grassroots project CirKT. Supported by the Mayor of London, CirKT connects artists and venues and is a part of the London Borough of Culture programme.

To ensure we engage the next generation, Kingston Music Service and members of their youth board are curating CirKT Next Gen, a Youth Music Takeover for ages 13-18 taking place in November at Kingston College. To find out more go to: www.cirktnextgen.eventbrite.co.uk

Those interested in becoming involved in the board can email [email protected]