Supported by Leeds City Council, Cloth Cat delivered a new Youth Music Mentoring Programme over the Easter holidays of 2012. The project took place over 10 sessions (12noon to 3pm) at Old Chapel Studios starting on Monday 2nd April. With the support of qualified music mentors, the young people got the chance to form a band going through the whole process from deciding on a name, style of music and the songs they want to play (whether this was their own or covers) right through to performing a gig in front of a live audience at a local music venue. There also was the opportunity to gain valuable music business and personal development skills along the way, and encourage team building, new friendships and their confidence. We looked for 6 individuals aged between 13 and 18, especially those who would not normally get the chance to take part in a project such as this, who had a reasonable understanding of the instrument they play
The Youth Music Mentoring Scheme which we worked on along with the well established Old Chapel Studios was a roaring sucess. We produced from the project two fresh and talented bands, called Letters to the Editor and Walking Tall, certainly future contributers to the Leeds music scene, this all culminated in a showcase event held at The Well.
If you're aged 16-25, and want to get involved in possible future youth mentoring projects, contact us and we can help you put a band together too, with expert help, to perform live in Leeds later.