We are proud to announce an exciting new project ‘Camden Music Works’ which we have just launched in partnership with Camden Council, Westminster Kingsway College and Camden into Enterprise.
This new pilot programme will see 10 young people aged 18-24 from the borough of Camden embark on the innovative 6-week long scheme. Targeted towards young people who are not in full-time employment, education or training, the programme is designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to go on and gain a successful career within the music world.
Training will be delivered by business experts and specialist teachers at The Camden Into Enterprise Hub at Westminster Kingsway College, with special guest speakers from across the music industry also attending to pass on their professional advice.
Training will cover important aspects such as how the industry is structured to the best ways of securing a job through CV and interview workshops.
Whilst on a work experience placement, young people will also keep a record of their experiences by recording outcomes, building an action-plan and identifying possible personal and professional areas for development. Work placement partners include; Camden Lock Market Ltd, Tower 47, MTV, Island Records and Black Butter Records.
The programme worked closely with The Prince’s Trust, Job Centre Plus and a range of other youth organisations to identify eligible young people who would benefit from the programme.
The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, said: “Camden houses some of the capital’s most legendary music venues and is a vibrant centre for the creative industries. It is therefore appropriate that we should take the lead in developing an innovative and potentially life changing opportunity for the talented young people of this borough.
“There are many young people who have a passion for music, but underestimate their potential and presume that the avenues into the industry are weighted against them.
“This programme seeks to readdress this by offering a programme to strengthen their employability prospects and connect employers with talented young people.
“It is our firm belief that the industry will benefit from involvement in the programme by offering new avenues of recruitment.”
Mitch Winehouse added: “We were really keen to get involved in the Camden Works Music Experience pilot because we know from our work in the borough, and indeed other parts of the capital, that there are a great deal of young people keen to get into the industry but facing significant barriers to opportunities simply because of their circumstances.
“These young people have a great deal of creativity and enthusiasm to offer, and in partnership with some of our friends and contacts in the industry we hope to increase their chances of beginning a career in an industry they are passionate about.”