Hoxton Hall finds a new way to help the youth

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FIVE YOUNG musicians in the Hoxton Hall youth scheme will get the chance to be coached over eight weeks and at the end of it record an EP. If they are chosen by a panel of judges, they will also get a place on the Hoxton Hall Music label and free media representation for a year.

The plan is part of a link-up by the arts centre with a Shoreditch public-relations agency, Outpost, which will give support, without charge, to young talent, including explaining to wannabes how performers can represent and market themselves. The firm will also give PR support for the youth music night, including rebranding it from No Sitting to MVMNT.

Hoxton Hall opened as a music hall in the heart of what was then slum London in 1863 to play a key role in Cockney culture. Last year it won several hundred thousand pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The tiny theatre, an architectural delight that is grade II* listed, claims to be the only youth arts centre in Hackney.

It believes that the link will give a valuable push to artistic young locals. Hoxton Hall’s Nicholai La Barrie says: “We are very happy to be working with Outpost to support talented young musicians from the local area to progress in their career.”

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* Hoxton Hall is at 130 Hoxton Street N1 6SH (020 7684 0060). Access for disabled people: good; suitable toilets. The next MVMNT event closes Hoxton Hall’s creative-youth arts open day on Sunday 16 September 2012.

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