Youth creativity celebrated in New Tracks

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This week brand new music written by five young people during lockdown will be shared for the first time as part of The Future is Ours – an online arts festival celebrating youth creativity in 2020. 

Youth creativity celebrated in New Tracks
24th November 2020

This week brand new music written by five young people during lockdown will be shared for the first time as part of The Future is Ours – an online arts festival celebrating youth creativity in 2020. 

This week brand new music written by five young people during lockdown will be shared for the first time as part of The Future is Ours – an online arts festival celebrating youth creativity in 2020. 

Since September, Finley, Sophia, Sophia C, Katie and Seyi have been taking part in New Tracks – an online music making project aimed at developing their songwriting and production skills, and supporting their emotional wellbeing and mental health in these challenging times. 

The project is a partnership between Brighter Sound and 42nd Street, a young people’s mental health charity based in Manchester, who are also the organisers of The Future is Ours festival. 

“It’s something new for me. I got referred to 42nd Street in March, and then these creative sessions came along. I’m now taking opportunity after opportunity.”
New Tracks participant

Supported by professional musicians and a mental health practitioner, the group met online weekly to collaborate and create new music using electronic production, digital effects and samples, and write lyrics inspired by their own thoughts and experiences.

“I really enjoyed the collaborating side of it. I love that not everyone has the full picture, but with multiple eyes and ears, you can come up with something you wouldn’t have on your own.”
New Tracks participant

Thanks to Young Manchester, who supported the project, the young people were loaned laptops to help them take part, which they will now be able to keep to continue their music making journeys and stay connected. 

“It feels so good to be involved in all this – you get to speak to so many people. I feel like a part of something. I’m feeling proud.”
New Tracks participant

Reflecting on the project Lucy Wallace, Project Manager at Brighter Sound, said:

“Despite the fact they’ve not been able to meet in person, it’s been amazing to see how the group has collaborated and bonded over the last couple of months – learning new skills, making new friends and expressing themselves through music and creativity. It’s a huge achievement, and a great example of how music can connect, inspire and uplift us, especially in times of uncertainty.”

The tracks will be shared this week as part of The Future is Ours festival, which runs until Thursday 26 November. Please visit 42nd Street’s website and social media for more information, or you can listen to the tracks by visiting our Soundcloud page.


New Tracks is kindly supported by Young Manchester, who are administering the Thrive Grants Programme on behalf of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC), and Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England which is made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.