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Music for Youth is pleased to announce that it has awarded two young musicians with a place on the Young Artist Development Programme, a brand new pilot scheme supported by Vivendi Create Joy Fund.
Trey Qua, a 17-year old beat boxer from London, and Cassie Kinoshi, 19- year old classically and jazz trained saxophonist, were chosen over 40 applicants who applied to take part on the year long programme, following a month long application and interview process.
The Young Artist Development Programme is aimed at musicians, aged 14-21, with experience of writing their own material. The programme offers the chosen artists a fantastic opportunity to develop their writing style and compose an original piece for an MFY performing group with the support of a specialist composition mentor. They will also attend a series of bespoke composition and song writing workshops that will introduce them to new styles and ways of working. At the end of the programme, their new work will be performed by their MFY group / collaborators in one of MFY's public performance events.
Both Trey and Cassie, who are already accomplished young artists with extensive experience of performing in groups and as solo artists, have written a range of compositions involving jazz and urban styles. Already Trey and Cassie are looking forward to fusing together a range of styles in their work from jazz and indie folk to African and East Asian styles and being challenged to go beyond their comfort zone of their current music making.
The two artists will kick start their year long programme at the National Festival Birmingham 2013 (2-6 July) where they will have been assigned a week long schedule that includes music composition and song arranging workshops, watching a range of festival performances by young people and meetings with professional musicians and industry experts to offer advice and guidance on working in music and composition.