Art Project (MAP) based in Watton are delighted to announce that they have been awarded funding from Youth Music to run ‘Keep it Live’, an exciting new music project that will provide opportunities for young people to learn musical skills and share them with others at the new ‘Live Lounge’ venue at Wayland Academy.


Participants are invited to sign up for a series of 2-hour Saturday workshops where they will develop musical skills, gain confidence, meet other musicians and work toward performing. The 10 session course will cost just £35 which will be heavily subsidised by the Youth Music funding. This fee will allow participants to receive teaching from experienced music leaders, give them access to state of the art equipment and all instruments will be provided. The course will culminate in a public performance in April 2020.


The sessions are open to young people from across the region aged 12 to 18 who are in the early stages of their musical journey. Eugene Pryer chairman of MAP said:

“This course is ideal for musicians who already play an instrument and now wish to take the next steps of learning songs and performing in public. The sessions are open to individuals and bands and will include exploring a variety of musical genres and styles. We are also looking for young people to sign up to support the running of the live performances and we will be able to teach them skills in lighting, sound technology and stage management.  It is our aim that the project will enable young people to appreciate the impact and importance of making and sharing live music.”


The program launches with a free taster day on Saturday 11th January at the MAP Live Lounge at Wayland Academy, Merton Road, Watton, IP25 6BA. Drop in between 11am and 2pm to find out more about the project, meet the team, try out the equipment and sign up.


MAP have been supporting musicians in the East of England since 2012; allowing young people to take their first steps towards becoming professional musicians. MAP’s aim is to provide opportunities for the local community to participate in the arts and to offer employment and training opportunities for young people studying in the arts. This new project will continue this valuable work with participants also having the opportunity to earn Arts Award qualifications.


Youth Music are a national charity investing in music-making projects that help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. Projects funded by Youth Music help to break down barriers at all stages – helping children develop an early love of music, providing diverse role models and introducing young people to a wide variety of potential career paths.


For more information on ‘Keep it Live’ and to register your interest please contact: