Our journey so far…
Like all journeys, it’s never been plain sailing. The ups have been amazing and the downs a challenge to say the least, but always with the vision to create a cultural and creative hub in the North with community at its heart.
From a single room which we affectionately called The Hovel, above South Bank Social Club in York, we have grown to take on the whole of the first floor with a lease that secures the Clubs members and keeps the property developers away, while at the same time giving us options to expand our community programmes in the very near future.
We have started on a refurbishment of our Studios and Control Room which will create one of the best recording studios in the North, and have been lucky enough to get a grant to buy some amazing new equipment from the LEP. We are pushing through to get back into the building in the next few months. In the meantime we have moved the studio into a barge on the river Foss in York and are working out of there, which has proved an incredible and unique (if at times challenging) space to record music.
At the same time as preparing to develop our space we were mad enough to work with Youth Music and the PRS Fund to develop our mentoring and skill building programs for young people and marginalised groups, notably LEVEL, which is designed to give women and non-binary people opportunities to learn, grow and ultimately start a career in the traditionally male-dominated music industry.
Community programmes are something we’ve been doing in a more informal way for the past 3 years, which gave us the ability to create what is now an over-subscribed course (LEVEL; helping women and non-binary people into the music industry) with a new one to launch really soon (OUT OF THE BLOCKS; helping disadvantaged young people into the music and creative industries), both will run over the next two years, and will also create some exciting new opportunities along the way.
Sounds like we've got it all sorted?
As with many, the pandemic has hit us hard, impacting recording days and limiting income opportunities. We got through it – just – and in many ways it forced us to take the next steps in our story.
We want to take on as many young and marginalised people onto our programs as possible – especially since the pandemic has exacerbated the problems and inequalities we want to address – as well as develop the community side of what we do so that the incredible studios we are building become not just a recording studio, but a creative hub that can support the community and represent the North and all its talent.
But we can’t do this without securing the programmes and ensuring we can maintain the quality of delivery we have so far.
This is where we need your help.
We want to raise £25,000 to fund the expansion and development of our programmes, set within our new and inspirational creative hub.
Your donation will allow us to support the people who are struggling or feel left out after the lockdown, and build our pathways into education and employment, making sure we have the facilities to deliver a high quality experience.
Your support will allow us to work with more local and regional musical talent, most of whom wouldn’t normally be able to access a professional studio and mentoring scheme, giving them the opportunity to learn creative, technical and marketing skills.
What will the money pay for?
- Taking on 100% more participants onto the programmes we already run
- Working towards accreditation so that we can give a recognised certificate
- Taking on 100% more local and regional artists and bands onto our mentoring program
- Ensuring we can keep delivering these programmes until 2024
- Creating more jobs for our delivery staff whilst keeping our high standards
- Any additional funding will go towards the completion of our creative hub and further social and community programmes
We are a Community Interest Company, not just a business.
We believe there is power in music; power to make change, bring people together and create happier and richer communities. That’s why we are committed to re-investing profits into our community, to provide opportunities and support people to make what they want to make.
YT Social CIC aims to be at the heart of the community; a hub for doers, creators, musicians, thinkers and makers – the ever-changing and inspiring story of anyone who steps into the building.
The incredible space we are creating at the moment to house the programmes we deliver also takes in the 137 year Social Club and its members, we want to keep their community going, we want to keep the building within their hands and have fun working with them.
Ultimately, we want to shout about the incredible talent we have here in the North and try our best to get them on a route into the industry and heading towards a career that is full of self-belief.
Over on the right hand side of this page you can see an amazing collection of rewards for helping us. The tees, badges and tote bags have been designed by local artists and illustrators who share our vision of creating a cultural hub within our city.
Every pound you donate will help us write the next chapter in our story. Thank you.