07 January 2011
A final year student at Canterbury Christ Church University's Broadstairs Campus sets up a series of youth music events in the Thanet area to inspire the next generation of performers.
Lucy Cousins, 22, is studying for a degree in Music Management. She has organised the events, called ‘YARD’, with the aim to inspire the young people of Thanet to take up performance and consider the creative arts as a potential route of study or career.
Youngsters attending YARD, starting 28 January 2011, at the Broadstairs campus, will have the opportunity to socialise with other people their age and learn to express themselves in a safe and encouraging environment.
Lucy has gathered a wide variety of experience in the music industry whilst studying for her degree, by working on a variety of extra projects, including promoting the new Genesis Suite album, which entered the Classical charts at number five last month.
The ambitious student has now set herself up as a freelance music industry consultant. With the help of a grant she recently received from the funding body UnLtd to help kick-start her own business, she has been able to fulfil her desire of giving something back to her local community.
Lucy said: “I decided to start working as a freelance music consultant as it has provided me with a platform to get involved with live business projects and sample a variety of sectors. I am continuously learning and applying theory I’m taught through my courses.
“Working on the Genesis Suite project was very stressful at times, but very rewarding in the end. I got to attend the world premiere of the performance at the Barbican Centre in London and to meet Steve Hackett and John Ager, Genesis’ manager.
“However, I am now so excited about bringing the new skills I’ve learnt back home to Thanet. YARD is aimed at teenagers in the area who have a desire to perform, and make a potential career out of the creative arts; or who just want to know what it’s all about and try something new. I’m sure they will rally enjoy it”.
Lucy has been mentored through her experiences by her tutor and the university’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Julia Jones. Lucy added: “Without Julia's guidance and the opportunities she has opened up for me, I would never be in the position I am in now. She has continually been on hand with advice and ideas.”
Julia told us: "As Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University I am keen to encourage students to expand their business ideas and ambitions into real-life projects. Lucy is a great example of what can be done with hard work and motivation."
The events start on 28 January 2011. Tickets are £4 and will be available from HMV Westwood Cross exclusively. No tickets available on the door
For more information, please visit: www.yardmusic.co.uk or contact Lucy Cousins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.