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Music enrichment programme designed by Sound Gallery CIC to deliver creative music-making sessions for young people aged 11-18 years.

ERA brings together young people with music and multimedia industry professionals in order to enrich the educational environment and bring about more positive attitudes to personal development and attainment.

The aims and objectives of this project are to encourage personal expression and musical experimentation and to help participants write original compositions, record them on to CD and then perform them live in a music showcase promoting new talent.

Songs recorded and mixed by Grice Peters.                      Film directed by Jez Taylor

The project initially took place at DepotX and from 2008 onwards it was delivered at Sound Gallery Studios in Exeter.

This youth enrichment programme has 3 strands:

– Form a Band: participant learn how to structure songs, write lyrics and rehearse in a creative, nurturing environment within a professional recording studio and record their songs on a CD, culminating in a live performance at Exeter Phoenix.

– Digital Sounds: creative music technology and electronic music production sessions teaching participants recording, sequencing, sampling and arranging skills using a range of music software platforms, including Reason, Logic and ProTools.

– Sing it: vocal creative sessions & songwriting teaching a wide range of songwriting skills, vocal techniques and warm-ups. Each participant received 1:1 vocal coaching and has the opportunity to recording at Sound Gallery Studios.

E.R.A. was funded by Awards for All and The Local Network Fund

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