Our overall aim is to provide young people with an opportunity to take part in professional music performance and production, which we hope will boost their self-esteem and help them to engage more with education and less with illegal activities, and thereby improve their overall future prospects.
In Middleport, we currently have a youth gang problem where young people are getting involved in anti-social behaviour and being groomed by older kids to take part in other crimes.
We want to create a different 'gang' for these young people to be a part of and we want them to be encouraged to achieve positively in that group. We think that encouraging the young people to form music bands could change their pathway in life.
Middleport and Fegg Hayes are two of the most deprived areas in Stoke-on-Trent. Access to music tuition is limited mainly due to income but also from disengaged parents and a lack of public transport. There is no community facility in Middleport, making music tuition even less possible.
Our aim is to send music teachers into local schools to run taster sessions on different instruments as well as music production. We will encourage the children to form into bands, complete with names and logos. We will continue to work with these children to train them to play their instruments together and help them pick appropriate songs.
We will then organise a band day/night for them all to perform to each other and their families.