The project comes as part of the council’s London Borough of Culture bid, taking cultural and creative arts opportunities into Camden’s communities and delivering associated benefits, such as upskilling, increasing aspirations, and increasing social cohesion – particularly for groups who feel they are rarely able to access cultural provision in the borough.
Having commenced during the last week of December, and already proving popular, the project is seeing a highly equipped mobile recording studio brought onto the Maiden Lane, Agar Grove and Pancras Way estates.
The project aims to build relationships with local young people in the area and bring groups together, with the outreach team mentoring young people and advising how they can connect with the music industry, and utilise the professional equipment and expert advice, including next steps regarding their production, music videos and how to gain radio and TV play.
Tileyard Studio are due to open a workshop facility on the Camden side of York Way this year, leaving a legacy for the young people taking part, who can continue to pursue their music and music production career aspirations in the new facilities.
"Tileyard is the largest professional music community in Europe with more than 120 music and entertainment businesses and is home to 82 professional recording studios including those of Mark Ronson, Lily Allen, The Prodigy, John Newman, Chase and Status, Maverick, Notting Hill Music, Marathon Artists, Sound Advice, Spitfire Audio, Tileyard Music, PLATOON and many more,” said Tileyard’s Wizdom Layne. “As the manager of Tileyard Education’s Community Outreach programme it is a privilege for me to be able to connect with our local community and find ways that we can utilise the resources of the Tileyard to empower the talent in our immediate vicinity and help them realise their creative ambitions.”
Layne continued: “I look forward to working on the Maiden Lane, Agar Grove and Pancras Way estates in the run up to the opening of our purpose built centre on York Way in April 2018, where we will be holding workshops, masterclasses and creative careers employment training and development for the benefit of our local community."