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Supporting young singer/songwriters

Supporting young singer/songwriters

Young musicians are receiving support to help develop their talent

Young musicians are receiving invaluable support in developing their talent, through Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s SONIG Youth Music Industry and ArtsConnect.

Talented young singer/songwriters recently gained invaluable experience at a songwriting ‘bootcamp‘ led by artists Amy Wadge and Shannon Saunders.

Young people 15-24 from the ArtsConnect area made up of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil received expert tuition, mentoring and guidance from singers Amy and Shannon.

The songwriting bootcamp was organised by SONIG Youth Music Industry, part of RCT Council’s Cultural Services Department, which supports young people aged eight-25 into music and the creative industries. Participants created imaginative new songs together, which were then performed in a showcase event.

The SONIG Collective specifically supports young singer songwriters by providing training and guidance opportunities into their chosen field.

Members of the SONIG Collective have also recently received mentoring and guidance from Charlie Francis, renowned producer and sound engineer who has recorded acclaimed bands such as R.E.M., Turin Brakes and many others.

More sessions are planned on the third Tuesday of every month. For further information on the SONIG Collective, please contact Tanya Walker-Brown on 01443 490205 or Tanya.L.Walker-Brown@rctcbc.gov.uk

Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Safer Communities Tourism and Heritage, Cllr Paul Cannon QPM, said: “Through this programme, gifted young people are able to enjoy excellent support and advice. The commitment they showed to the programme is first-class.

“SONIG will now continue to support these young people in their progressions into the creative industries, through further mentoring and signposted events. and I am sure that the young people will continue to benefit from further events lined up for them this year.”

Four local authorities - Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil, have been brought together by ArtsConnect to deliver Arts on a regional level. By joining forces, sharing resources and working together, they aim to extend and enrich the opportunities offered to audiences, residents and communities. The bootcamp was part of an ArtsConnect music project.

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