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SoCo Music Project are excited to announce a new programme of talent development for young people aged 16 and under in Southampton.

The Under 16 Talent Development Programme (U16TDP) will build on the success of the recent Sounds of Southampton album project that supported 24 emerging artists in the city. Sounds of Southampton, a programme delivered in partnership with SO Movement, reached number one in the iTunes Rap pre-order chart and debuted at number 43 in the official UK download chart. U16TDP will support the next generation of young aspiring artists from Rap, Grime, Hip-Hop, Trap and R&B genres to get the support they need to reach the next level. Rappers, singers and producers are encouraged to sign up at SoCo’s New Music Development Unit (NMDU) website. Previous experience or musical skills are not required however, as the programme will take young people on a journey, helping them gain creative skills and find their talent.

Young people signed up to the programme will be able to access a range of activities to support their musical progression, including masterclasses, mentoring and recording opportunities. To find out more visit WWW.NMDU.UK.

The New Music Development Unit is a SoCo initiative and has received support from Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Youth Music and Southampton’s Violence Reduction Unit to grow the music community in Southampton and create a safe and supportive environment for new music to thrive in the city. SoCo is once again partnering with SO Movement to provide positive progression opportunities for young artists in the city.

Councillor Satvir Kaur – Cabinet Member for Culture & Homes, Southampton City Council said:

“Art organisations like SoCo Music do great work in supporting, growing and showcasing local talent, and this Under 16s Talent Development Programme is an amazing chance for our young people to get creative and develop their skills. From being the hometown of Craig David to exciting emerging artists like Tyrone and Warbz, it is great Southampton talent is being invested in.”

Matt Salvage – Chief Executive of SoCo Music Project said:

“At a time where young people are facing greater challenges through lockdown, we are committed to providing something positive for people to take part in. We know how important music is to many young people, and providing opportunities for them to develop, collaborate with other people, and find ways to express themselves can provide an incredible boost to wellbeing and creativity.”

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