Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Chicks Project: Youth music tour comes to Waitati

by Michelle Anderton

A successful youth music project has been extended for a further 12
weeks and is now being produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust.
The Chicks Project, initiated in 2010 by Volunteer Otago, aims to
provide young musicians with the opportunity to perform at alcohol-
free events and to learn from music industry mentors. Funded by the
Alcohol Advisory Council (Alac) the programme involves 10 local high
school bands.
Director of the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, Paul Smith, said it is
important that the Chicks Project is kept alive: 'The feedback from
the bands was that they got a lot out of the project and were really
keen for it to continue. But it needed a new champion so the Fringe
Trust stepped in as we see this fitting our mandate to support
emerging artists.'
Initially based at Chicks Hotel in Port Chalmers, the Chicks Project
is now branching out to include other venues in Dunedin and East
Otago. Project Co-ordinator Michelle Anderton says that the bands were
ready for another challenge, and a tour to multiple venues in and
around Dunedin will take the project to a new level. 'The project is
very hands-on for the young people involved. They have to do a lot of
the organising and promotion themselves as that's
the best way to learn.'
The new Chicks Project is based around a three-day tour held at
Re:Fuel in Dunedin, The Firestation Theatre in Mosgiel, and the
Waitati hall. As well as the performing component there is a series of
workshops that include songwriting, performance, event management and
recording.

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