Mon 30 Apr 2012
Media Release: The Chicks Project is back!
30th April, 2012
The Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust has relaunched a popular youth music programme called the Chicks Project for 2012. Thirty five secondary school age musicians are involved in the project which involves a series of gigs and workshops.
The first gig for the year was held at the Dunedin Muso’s Club on 14 April with over 80 people attending to watch the debuts of acts such as Crisis, John George MacLeod’s Melon Platoon, and the Good Chaps. Workshops in stage craft and songwriting have also been held.
The Chicks Project is a 10 week mentoring programme for high school musicians to develop and learn the knowledge they need to go forward in their music careers. The youth bands play four free all-age alcohol free gigs at well known licensed Dunedin venues and attend a series of workshops. They are also heavily involved in organising and promoting the gigs they play at.
The second public gig will take place this weekend, Saturday 5th May at Refuel starting at 6:00pm. Project Coordinator, Jess Young, invites anyone interested in the future of Dunedin’s music scene to attend.
“Come along to watch the freshest talent perform. The Chicks Project is a great way to celebrate our young people and their talent.”
The line-up for the gig includes Outright, Ladiez First, Thoughtful and The Mighty Heart, and H.C. all the way from Balcutha. Other acts playing to support the younger bands are Dunedin bands Astro Children and up and coming band Two Cartoons.
“There is a lack of events for youth in our communities,” says Ms Young. “The Chicks Project aims to provide regular music events in Dunedin for young people and a platform for promoting responsible drinking. The Chicks Project is all about getting into it, not out of it!”
Funded by ALAC, the Chicks Project is in its third year of operation. In a new development this year, the youth bands have been matched with mentors who provide feedback and support.
“The mentors, chosen specifically, are good role models for the young musicians and provide personal insights and connections in the Dunedin music scene”, said Young.
Project Coordinator: Jessica Young
Ph: 03 477 3350
Cell: 021 2800 837
Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust Director: Paul Smith
Tel: 03 477 3350
Cell: 021 150 9207