Erskine Music and Media Studio is a Community Interest Company run by young people for young people. Based at Bargarran Community Center in Erskine, this constituted group have created a wonderfully diverse and strong community centred around music and media. We are always looking for new people to drive the project forward. If you would like more information about the studio, want to get involved or are looking for a particular service – please get in touch via email or come down to our weekly meetings where you can get a chance to meet the crew. We appreciate all the support we receive to help keep our creative initiative a permanent part of our local community for young people and the future to come.
We have had support from various sources in the past however currently our project is supported by:
BIG LOTTERY FUND
The project originated back in 2009 with a small under-spend from a lottery grant run by Erskine Youth Council. Based in the local Community Center, there was enough money to buy some music equipment and support a music worker for 3 hours a week to run workshops in music rehearsal and recording.
It became apparent very quickly over the first 6 months that there was a huge demand from young people to have a community centered around music and media. After successful Local Area Committee and British Airports Association Grants, the project exploded to 24 hours a week employing a dedicated Project Manager and Music Worker.
A new constituted group of young people were established as the Erskine Music & Media Studio in Jan 2012 allowing a separated group of young people to expand and run the project. In Aug 2012 a separate application to the Local Area Committee allowed the group to start trading with the purchase of a new PA System. The young people receive training as well as supplying a professional service to external companies. This has expanded into tailored workshops for groups as well as film & media production. Money generated by the CIC goes directly back into keeping the project self-sustainable.
Young people meet every week to make important decisions under the guidance of their project manager and are central to their own learning. As well as excelling in music and media, young people are gaining practical skills in management, business and finance through running the project.
The Studio has become an integral part of the community. Weekly Jam Sessions and monthly music event UPLOAD have proved a successful way of bringing young people together in a safe environment and building upon social development.
As well as the dedicated music sessions for local bands throughout the weekend, the Studio has introduced new beginners classes for Primary 7 to Secondary 3 helping with the transition from Primary to High School.
The future is bright for Erskine Music & Media Studio having already completed some large projects in 2013. With the rest of the year looking equally as busy, they are set for lots of development and learning ahead.