Urban music training course for up-and-coming acts in Sunderland

Musician Spencer Gibson at last year's UMT music event

Musician Spencer Gibson at last year's UMT music event

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MUSICIANS can fine tune their talents with the help of industry experts.

Music development agency Generator is offering Wearsiders a helping hand to boost their skills with a free week-long course this summer.

The Urban Music Training course, UMT:Play, proved popular last year when a string of talented musicians attended the course at Washington Arts Centre.

Hundreds of hopefuls are expected to apply for this year’s event, which takes place between August 6 and 10.

The course gives musicians from all fields, including instrumental, singers, percussion, DJs and stagecraft, the chance to receive expert tuition, professional advice and the chance to develop, produce and record material from scratch.

The free five-day course ends with a live performance from participants.

Joe Frankland, music and artist development manager at Generator, said: “Generator’s UMT programme has been a huge success already.

“Our play, beats and vox courses are often over-subscribed and each course culminates in a live performance.

“This year will also see UMT take over a stage at Evolution Festival – a great opportunity to show off our UMT graduates and the wealth of talent from the North East.

“UMT:Play courses provide a fun and innovative way to learn from expert tutors and create, record and perform new music.

“The Arts Centre is the perfect base for our summer course and we’re looking for young musicians from across the region to take part this year.”

UMT:Play courses are free for young people aged between 11 and 24 and provide support designed to inspire them aid their development.

The scheme was launched by Generator in 2010 and has already seen hundreds of young people graduate through UMT:Beats, UMT:Vox and UMT:Play, with the main focus being on providing a platform for young people to create, record and perform new music.

To book a place, contact Bob by emailing bob@generator.org.uk or phone 255 4468.

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