Make some noise with the music promise

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Young people in Derry who want to play in bands, DJ or produce music can sign up for free training, thanks to the UK City of Culture’s Music Promise.

The ground-breaking ‘SYNC’ initiative will see sessions taking place four nights a week in each neighbourhood of the city.

The aim is to involve a thousand 11-18 year-olds, forming bands and collectives before coming together for a city-wide jam.

SYNC is a ‘Music Promise in the Community’ initiative that will see the Nerve Centre offer free access to innovative music creation, vibrant collaboration, performance, production and mentoring opportunities for young people from all areas of the city.

Any young person with a passion for music is welcome to sign up.

As well as creating music, and playing and performing with other young people, there’ll be mentoring and business advice, and opportunities to record tracks and songs.

The Music Promise is the musical education element of the City of Culture programme, which is giving the city’s children and young people countless opportunities to play, sing and perform in schools, communities and on stage across 2013.

The ‘SYNC’ element of the Promise will be co-ordinated by expert trainers from the Nerve Centre.

Its Music Programme Manager, Martin McGill says young people just need an interest in music or music technology to get involved.

“Musical ability is irrelevant.

You can come along and play guitar, rattle the drum kit, coax synth from an iPad, hammer the keys, build a ring tone or simply sing a tune,” he said.

The scale of this activity for young people is unprecedented, according to Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013.

“It is fundamental to the Music Promise that we engage young musicians of all levels, with a stimulating programme hosted right across the city,” she said.

Martin McGill is keen to emphasise that the sessions really are open to all.

The ‘SYNC’ sessions kick off from Tuesday 5 March.

For further information on the music sessions and how to sign up, go to