Use the resources already available to you. For example, using partner organisations, university, colleges, community schools, community organisations and existing links with other workers and industry professionals to deliver free sessions or borrowing equipment.
Always look for FREE software particularly for taster sessions before spending on expensive software.
Also working with students that may want to expand their resume could allow free workshops and promotion of activities.
Checkout local recycling schemes and boot sale apps: Freecycle, Gumtree, Facebook sites for free or really cheap second-hand equipment.
Look at FREE online workshops and training around music using YouTube and forums for unanswered questions.
Look at venues, performance and music facilities that can offer spaces for free or discounted rate for community projects, for example some national buildings have funding to engage with young people and communities.
Social media and apps are a great way to promote events and projects. It is a huge platform that can reach tens of thousands of people. The most popular of these are Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Though local press, TV radio and newspapers. Eventbrite to sell tickets and promote.
Busking in streets on busy weekends.
Using young people’s skills to create posters or leaflets using free software like CANVA. Also use artwork to create logos to form a brand.
Web pages through Wordpress for free.
Video production - Movie Maker (Windows) and iMovie (Apple). Photography and design using Photoshop or GIMP.
Make sure you have enough staff and volunteers.
Funding/budgeting- there are many organisations that fund community projects, for example 02 offer a £300 grant for UK & Northern Ireland projects.
In Ireland, Active Link offers a database of up and coming deadlines for grants and supports www.activelink.ie
Insurance & Risk assessment- always make sure you have risk assessments and check insurance is up to date and includes the event you will be running. (Sample Risk Assessment Form Included in Pack)
Roles and Responsibilities:
There many roles within the music industry. It is your responsibility to understand the ability and skills of your young people and assign roles and responsibilities this way. All young people’s skills and abilities are important and can be moulded into a music project.
It is important to understand that the music industry is not only about the front-line artists, there are hundreds of roles over and above this. From make-up artists and wardrobe to caters and runners.