Labour councillors representing the Kingswood and Staple Hill areas tonight voted to provide funds to engage young people in music production at a Staple Hill youth venue.
Last autumn South Gloucestershire Council delegated a large amount of its depleted youth services budget to each of its Area Forums so that councillors could target funds on projects in their local areas. Some central funds are held back to ensure the provision of a youth centre in each of the council’s six Priority Neighbourhoods.
At tonight’s meeting of the Labour-dominated Chase Area Forum, councillors voted to provide funds of £23,000 for music production sessions at the Staple Hill Methodist Youth Project. The Forum also asked for more information so that it could reconsider a bid for funds for dance and music workshops at the Kingswood Estate.
The Staple Hill sessions will engage young people in music production and song writing, giving young people the opportunity to access music studio sessions supported by a team of professional sound engineers and youth workers.
The Kingswood weekly workshops bid includes street art, live music/music production and DJ-ing and dance, making use of the indoor facilities, specialist arts materials, professional music software and hardware and expertise of the staff team there. Councillors felt they needed more information before they could award the funds requested.
Local councillors Ian Boulton and Shirley Potts (Labour, Staple Hill) said:
“We are delighted that the Area Forum has agreed to fund this application to support creative opportunities for young people in our area.
Money for youth work is extremely tight thanks to savage central government cuts. This application for funds for music production has been assessed and endorsed by young people themselves, and we have confidence that this will provide opportunities for young people in our area.”
7th May 2013