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Have you got what it takes to join the ‘Supergroup’?

25 September 2012
Watch out Simon Cowell - music and performance art experts are assembling a 'Supergroup' in Nottinghamshire.

County Youth Arts, which is based at The Old Library in Leeming Street in Mansfield, and managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, has made the exciting appeal to young people aged 13 to 19.

Any young person living in the county, with vocal, musical or artistic ambitions is invited to apply.

The deadline for interested entries is mid-October, and successful group members will land a contract with a record label to produce an EP as well as get to work with a music producer with links to EMI and other top labels.

The initiative forms part of a county-wide Music Education Hub where the county council has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to lead the Nottinghamshire Music Education Hub, from this August to March 2015. Leading the initiative on behalf of the Department for Education, the aim is to provide children and young people with access to high quality learning opportunities in music – both in schools and wider afield.

The Old Library has among the top music recording facilities in the region and a track record of promoting young talent.

Andy Dawson, Team Manager for County Youth Arts at Nottinghamshire County Council said: "Shows such as X-Factor have proved a huge success but the talent is guided to follow the requirements of the programme format.

"We want to give young people control of the group with support from us - but the onus very much on them and their creative direction.

"It is challenging to try to compete with London, but we have fantastic facilities and expertise and this can be a great chance for local talent to get into the industry."

The successful participants will work with Simon Tew, a full-time musician who has produced music for EMI which has then been used by MTV and other outlets. Simon was formerly a director with the company Eight Three AV and has worked with County Youth Arts for over two years.

Simon also manages The Old Library’s independent record label, In The End Records, the company which will sign up the Supergroup and work with them to release an EP next year.

Simon said: “The music recording facilities at the Old Library are second to none and up there with professional recording houses nationally. It is a testament to the county council that it has such facilities available and a credit to the team there that they engage with young people to get them involved with the projects.

“Not only that but the team there have an ethos of stepping back and letting the young people take the initiative so they get a real world experience.

“Super group is an exciting concept as it will give the successful applicants a real taster of life in the music industry – and a strong chance of working within the industry longer term.”

The Old Library will be looking to audition musicians, singers, rappers and songwriters aged 13 – 19 years from anywhere in Nottinghamshire. The group will then work with industry professionals to write, record and perform their own music.

Auditions for Supergroup will be held during the Making Music Week in the October half-term which will run from 10am – 4pm from 22 – 26 October and then the group will meet weekly on a Wednesday from 7 – 9pm.

The Old Library is also running a Making Music Project and wants to hear from musicians, singers, rappers and songwriters who would like the opportunity to write, record and perform new music. The project will also start at the Making Music Week in the October half-term, and then will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 5 – 7pm.

For more information on the projects and to sign-up online: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/countyyoutharts

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