Roundhouse, Camden.

Image: Sophia Schorr-Kon via TedxLondon
Image: Sophia Schorr-Kon via TedxLondon

Although Freshers is now a distant memory, I am here to teach all the London newbies on the best thing about London- the Roundhouse. Before I moved to London I had always heard of the Roundhouse through many live album recordings (such as Fat Freddy’s Drop’s album Live at the Roundhouse), and from going to see Panic! At the Disco live when I was going through my emo stage at 15 (embarrassing? I think not!). But all I really knew the Roundhouse, was that they played some awesome live music. But what I didn’t know until my second year of uni, was all the fantastic things they do for 11-25 year olds. Whether you’re a musical genius, budding DJ, or a music enthusiast, the Roundhouse will without a doubt offer you some amazing opportunities with an Emerging Artist membership.

I spoke to Rachel Stroud who I worked with when I was involved with the Roundhouse Rising Street Team earlier this year, and got her to tell CUB and QM all about this wonderful charity.

What does the Roundhouse offer to young people wanting to get involved in the music industry?
Quite a broad range of things! We run projects led by industry professionals every term, for anyone aged 11-25 to develop their skills in music (or media or performing arts). The music programmed covers everything from music production and DJing, to different kinds of live performance – whether that’s forming your first band, developing skills such as recording, songwriting or developing your performance style, or collaborating with new people by joining one of our ensembles for young musicians, such as Roundhouse brass or the Roundhouse Choir. We also offer regular callouts for aspiring producers and promoters to work on shows at the Roundhouse, one-off master classes and panel events with music industry pros that give an insight into the business side of music, and access to rehearsal and recording space outside of project sessions if you sign up as a Roundhouse Emerging Artist.

What is the Emerging Artist Membership?
The Emerging Artist Membership is a scheme for 13-25 year-olds. You sign up as member for a year (it costs £15) and once you’ve done that, you can book studio time and equipment at the Roundhouse – whether you want a rehearsal room, access to DJ decks, a workstation to edit audio or video you’ve recorded, or to lay down some tracks in our recording studio. Rates to hire our studio spaces start from £1 an hour for Emerging Artist members.

Is it hard to get involved in the 11-25 programs?

Nope. Grab a brochure or go to our website, pick what you want to do, fill out an enrolment form, send it in and then give us a call to pay for your place. We offer most of our places on a first-come first-served basis and a lot of them are very popular, so you do need to get in quick. Best thing to do is sign up to our email list and follow RoundhouseLDN on Twitter and Facebook, so that the minute they’re announced, you’ll know about it!To find all the latest opportunities at the Roundhouse head to; roundhouse.org.uk/creativeprojects

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