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This month the FYT supported Future Arts has been running music technology workshops at Burley Lodge as part of a project that gave young people (aged 13-19) the opportunity to become music producers and create their own music using digital technology.

Future Arts used MIDI controllers, Kaoss pads, Audio Cubes, CD Decks and laptops which helped participants create their own beats, samples and vocal effects – and created future music without boundaries from the sessions.

Participants from the Inner North West area of Leeds watched videos of performances from all musical genres and kick-started a lively debate about artistic style techniques and use or non-use of technology. The discussion reflected the wide range of  tastes, styles and ideas about  music culture that the group shared.

The group were introduced to elements of music technology through a series of workshops which expanded their understanding of how music can be created – summed up by the idea that you don’t have to be a grade 8 pianist to be a grade A musician.

Future Arts offers a unique music experience that is informed by and connected to youth culture. It offers an accessible route that allows young people to create music in ways that respond to their own interests and experiences whilst gaining credits for Arts Award qualifications. The project is a great opportunity for young people in Leeds to access user friendly workshops and harness their own vision of music and creativity.     

The next workshops will take place at West Park Centre, Spen Lane.

For further information on Inner North West’s Future Arts projects contact Gemma on 0113 2468294

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The Find Your Talent team had a great day taking part in The Store at the West Park Centre yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with a huge range freelance artists, arts organisations and teachers.

There was a great buzz to the day with performances from young people and practitioners throughout the event. The Store is an annual event hosted and programmed by Artforms and has become a key networking date for teachers and Leeds’ cultural sector. As well as making friends with this amazing Griffin (made by artist Naomi Parker),  Find Your Talent signed up over fifty artists and arts organisations to the Culture Network.

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The Store – WestPark Centre – Thursday 30 April 10 – 4.30pm

The Store is a fantastic free networking event run by Artforms at the West Park Centre with a large market place of artists and organisations, plus seminars, taster workshops and performances. The Store is an annual event and this year there will be a particular spotlight on the ‘Find Your Talent’ programme.

The team will be running bite-sized workshops on how to get involved with FYT and help you explore some of the key elements of FYT including Breeze, Spotting and Nurturing Talent and Arts Ambassadors. We will also be helping practitioners and arts organisations sign up to the Culture Network throughout the event.

For more information on how to take part in the day please contact:
Artforms
West Park Centre
Spen Lane
Leeds LS16 5BE
Tel: 0113 230 4074

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.