Immersive experience for teens hits the right notes
The inaugural Young Gums Youth Mentorship Program took place at Dashville, a family-friendly concert hall in a bushy Hunter Valley setting, which regularly hosts flagship events such as the Gum Ball and the Skyline Festival.
Organizers of larger events felt there was a gap in musical experiences for young people, so they assembled a community of musicians, artists, technicians and event managers to mentor a group of young people. ‘adolescents.
“The first program of this year was a huge success. Our mentors were more than proud of this group of kids who had only known each other for a few days and who synchronized better than some groups who have been together for years. The connection they had with the music and with each other was palpable, ”said Erin Sattler of Dashville.
“Just seeing them on the last day perform in front of the festival crowd left us speechless and the program was without a doubt a success. The experience has transformed them into confident performers who have a blast on stage in front of a few thousand people. ‘
Following this year’s success, the Dashville team aims to continue providing dedicated teens with a hands-on learning experience in a live festival environment through Young Gums.
“The teenage years are when we all find a deep personal connection to music, and sharing that opportunity with other people is amazing. These experiences can be a little hard to come by in regional and remote areas, and even more difficult in the past 18 months with COVID-19 restrictions.
“The connection to the community is more important than ever for young people, especially in regional areas, where mental health problems are on the rise.
“There is a need for rural and regional youth to find like-minded peers through programs such as Young Gums that encourage, encourage and connect young musicians with live performance experience and industry contacts. “
The hope is that Young Gums can expand his reach across rural and remote Australia.
“Ultimately, we would like to create regional and rural creative hubs, sprawling across the bush, especially for those who find it difficult to participate in events like this due to the distance and cost of travel. . “
The program is funded by our Festivals Australia program, which gives community members living in regional or remote Australia the opportunity to participate in events like the Young Gums program.