THE CREATIVE Youth Council's Ready Set Go Music Program in Macksville has been a resounding success this past term, with 15 young people from the Nambucca Valley engaged.
Local musicians Deebee Bishop, Alicia Parry and Rob Torelli have been mentoring the group, taking them through different aspects of the music industry, including songwriting, performance and production.
Professional musicians and recording artists Ali Christopher and Stewart Peters also shared their invaluable knowledge and experiences working in the industry.
The workshops were also attended by guest speakers from TAFE and Lifetime Connect, providing important information around career pathways and support for young people in the Valley.
"This term, participants have been learning to write, perform and play songs together - we are so proud of the kids and what they have achieved this term," project coordinator Liv Parker said.
"As well as gaining first-hand experience and knowledge from seasoned professionals about the music industry, they are also building important skills such as teamwork, communication, networking and time management - which they can transfer to just about anything in their daily lives and whatever they choose to do in the future."
The Creative Youth Council was initiated by the mentors of the program with the goal of empowering young people in the Nambucca Valley to produce and run their own music events.
Ready Set Go has been funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Local Drug Action Team and supported by Regional Development Australia - Mid North Coast (RDAMNC)
"Even with the difficulties that COVID presented, Ready Set Go successfully engaged with a cohort of young people from the local area," RDAMNC chief executive officer Kerry Grace said.
"The team adapted and delivered an inspiring program, and we look forward to continuing our support in 2021."
Ready Set Go will continue in the New Year during the first school term, with further workshops in music and events management. The free program is open to young people in the Nambucca Valley aged 12 to 18.
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