Leicester’s young people are being given the opportunity to improve their vocal, performance and music-making skills by training with professional singer Mellow Baku and accomplished musician Andrew Price through Project BAND.

They are inviting young people aged 16-25 to train with the artists on a three month programme of writing, rehearsing, improvising, recording and skill sharing and entries can include singers, spoken word artists, rappers and instrumentalists.

The programme is funded by Youth Music and will work primarily with ‘urban’ styles such as Soul, R&B and Hip Hop, but will invite other influences such as Jazz and Pop to make this a fully inclusive music-making opportunity. Participants will also work towards a Bronze Arts Award accreditation, receive mentoring to facilitate their progression, attend masterclasses with name artists, and record their tracks. No experience is necessary but participants must be prepared to make a firm commitment to the course.

2Funky Director Vijay Mistry says “This project is a great platform for young people who want to grow in musical confidence and skill. It’s a must for young people who want to progress musically, and we have two brilliant artists to facilitate this.”

The three month programme will start on Tuesday 7th March, weekly from 6pm to 9pm, culminating in a high profile showcase at 2Funky Music Cafe.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester’s creative community for over a decade – promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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