The Rural Music Network offers young people and their communities free music-making sessions across the county. Our aims include: providing young musicians with the skills and opportunities they need to earn a living in the music industry; giving a voice to those who want to express themselves but feel unable to do so and bringing communities together through the power of music.

The Rural Music Academy offers a path for those young people who wish to take their music-making further. They can explore opportunities and careers in the music and performance industries. The Academy now has its own dedicated home, a live room and recording studio. The rooms offer rehearsal space, training and experience to young people looking to develop their musical talent. We also offer qualifications through the Arts Award programme.

The Rural Music Network Tour offers young aspiring musicians a chance to perform live around the South West. Over the past few years, the tours have proven to be hugely popular, with many of our talented artists playing in front of industry legends such as Michael Eavis, taking part in BBC Introducing events, conducting radio interviews and even performing at festivals such as the Bristol Harbour Festival!

We have some exciting news - Young Somerset’s Rural Music Network Project has been awarded funding from Youth Music to take the project into its 6th year of development!

Under a new partnership with the Cheese and Grain in Frome, we will be able to bridge the gap between the music industry and young people.

 For information on our latest tour click here

Brand new Tour and pathways

Over the course of 2 years, we'll be running 4 tours across Somerset. For each tour, 8 music acts and a tour production group will be selected to play at different venues across Somerset over a period of 4 months (8 gigs in total, 2 per month). Acts will be able to rehearse and later reflect on their performances via video, gaining a valuable insight into their stage presence, technical skills and overall sound.

The Tour Production Group will be comprised of 5-8 young people, each taking a leading role in the Promotion and Production side of the Tour (e.g. Tour events co-ordinator, stage/artist co-ordinator, sound engineer and lighting crew). This group will do all the planning, co-ordinating, promoting and delivery of the Tour, managed by the Rural Music Network Apprentice (more info below).

Academy events

In addition to the new tour, via the Academy, we will be providing young musicians with masterclasses, Q&A sessions, one-to-one tuition, workshops and events! Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date!

Rural Music Network will also be hosting another one of its Academy Sessions later in November with Singer-Songwriter Sam Brookes giving a masterclass on Song writing. In this session Sam Brookes sharing his experience as a Singer-songwriter and Collaborator working in the music industry as well as explaining his process of writing songs. Brookes will follow this up by talking through the different methods that he uses during the song writing process. For more information email [email protected].



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For more info, please contact James Brookes:

[email protected] / 07974 575603


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