A new Youth Music Board is playing 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 2019, 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 Music Service and members of their youth board curated CirKT Next Gen, a Youth Music Takeover for ages 13-18 which took place in November 2019 at Kingston College. The video of the event is below.
Get involved in the Kingston Youth Music Board (KYMB)
Those interested in becoming involved in the board can email firstname.lastname@example.org