A day of free music workshops will take place next month to support unsigned and self-signed acts.
For the first time, the Forward 4 Wiz Trust is giving aspiring young musicians in Hart the opportunity to learn under the guidance of leading musicians, tutors and industry professionals, on Friday February 21.
The trust was founded in 2007 in memory of Farnborough singer-songwriter Darren ‘Wiz’ Brown, frontman with Mega City Four and later Ipanema. He died of a sudden brain haemorrhage in December 2006, aged 44.
During the workshops there will be advice from bands including Freeze the Atlantic, Welcome the Howling Tones and Parachute For Gordo, alongside industry insider knowledge from Quatre Femmes Records, The Rooms Rehearsal Studios, Along the Highway Touring and Aldershot’s West End Centre.
There will be stories, hints and tips from the likes of Brit award-winning producer Chris Potter, experienced musicians, promoters, managers and DJs, with giveaways, freebies and competitions.
Karina Fraser, leading trustee at the trust, said: “It is going to be an exciting, jam-packed day, not least as the workshops, all which will be held at Fleet’s Harlington Centre, will be led by some of the areas best musicians and professionals.
“These free awe-inspiring performance workshops aim to build confidence, timing, energy and accuracy, while the industry workshops will equip young musicians with a vast spectrum of insider know-how, from recording and releasing tracks to getting gigs, attracting press interest and finding a recording contract.”
The trust was set up with the aim of mentoring, educating and assisting new musicians. It also fundraises so that it can assist with small financial contributions.
The afternoon industry workshops, 4 Those About to Rock, are open to musicians aged 13 to 19 living in Hart, including those looking to pursue a career in music off-stage.
The drop-in sessions at the Harlington Centre will run each hour from 12.30pm.