Despite enforced closure, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant has continued to bring the arts to the community whilst supporting its many volunteers, staff, visitors and partner groups.
The Spring has been working with local charity Music Fusion to provide young people with the opportunity to develop as musicians and record music at their East Street Studio. The continuation of this partnership over the last few months has been invaluable, especially for the many vulnerable young people in challenging circumstances who have found lockdown particularly difficult.
Whilst it wasn’t possible to gather the musicians in the studio as originally planned, Music Fusion instead launched a ‘music studio in a box’ pilot scheme, which was delivered to ten members of the group. This allowed these young people to record their music professionally and access expert support from a producer via a remote desktop connection.
The pilot scheme has been a huge success and Music Fusion has begun to stream the studio sessions live over Facebook and post the highlights online at https://youtu.be/p30nbatrELI
Jinx Prowse, Chief Executive Officer of Music Fusion, commented: “We’re delighted with the success of the pilot. There really is no substitute for the atmosphere and energy of being in the studio and we can’t wait to be back there, but we knew that many of our young people couldn’t wait that long. We’re hoping that the success of the pilot will help us raise the funds needed to provide further access to our mobile studio and help even more young people.”
Music Fusion is a youth-friendly recording studio based at The Spring. The group helps vulnerable young people aged 11 to 25 to create and record music. As well as improving musical skills and providing a creative outlet, the group helps young people make important social connections. They are currently raising funds to create a further ten remote studios to help more young people in the community.
If you would like to help or find out more about the group, email email@example.com or visit www.musicfusion.org.uk.