So often, young people are dismissed within communities; branded as unenthusiastic and work-shy. The Young Promoters Network are continuing to rock this stereotype and living up to their mantra of ‘making things happen’.
The Young Promoters Network was formed in 2010 and is part of the SONIG Youth Music Industry programme. Delivered by RCTCBC’s Cultural Services; it consists of young people, residing in Rhondda Cynon Taff, aged between 14-25, who come together to help arrange live shows and promote young emerging acts.
Combining a passion for live music, skill, experience and resources, the YPN has been instrumental in bringing high quality live music events to young people in RCT.
The main objectives of the YPN are to empower young people in the Rhondda, by providing them with a new skill-set; building confidence; as well as increasing opportunities within the live music sector.
Abbie Jones aged 17 from Penygraig said, “Being involved in the YPN has improved my life. It boosted my confidence and had has given me a focus in life. It has reinforced my determination to work in the music industry.”
As well as getting young people involved behind the scenes, YPN is heavily involved in nurturing raw, under the radar, local talent.
Gabrielle Murphy, a 17-year-old singer/ songwriter from Treherbert, has been working closely with the YPN. Appearing in Cardiff’s Sŵn Festival and often heard on BBC Radio Wales, it is no doubt that her involvement with the YPN has helped her to flourish.
Rhondda’s young people are gaining a wealth of amazing experiences during their time with the YPN. Lauren Williams-Jones, aged 17 from Porth said, “Being a part of YPN has helped me meet a ton of new people, given me amazing opportunities and skills that I would never have gotten if I hadn’t joined”
Far from the traditional stereotype, these young people certainly are bringing a fresh face to the Welsh music scene.
For more information on the Young Promoters Network visit their website HERE
or follow them on Twitter via: @The_YPN
Photograph by Tiegan Neary