Band­ing to­gether

Stirling Times - - Street Watch -

ROCK Schol­ars Os­borne Park owner Sam Sim­monds be­lieves Perth lacks un­der­age live mu­sic venues where young bands can per­form.

Mr Sim­monds said the ethos of Rock Schol­ars, an af­ter-school mu­sic pro­gram, was to pro­vide a safe en­vi­ron­ment where chil­dren could play rock and roll mu­sic with the sup­port of in­dus­try men­tors.

“Young kids grow­ing up in WA have heaps of op­por­tu­ni­ties to do su­per­vised sport, any­thing aca­demic, or even mu­sic if they want to do clas­si­cal or the school en­sem­ble, but there’s no real pro­grams that al­low kids to ac­cess con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and rock mu­sic, which is the kind of mu­sic they want to play,” he said.

“We see kids leave the pro­gram with so much more con­fi­dence – they can con­nect with others who have shared in­ter­ests, par­tic­u­larly for those who are go­ing through that dif­fi­cult ado­les­cent stage.

“We see some of the more shy kids find a like­minded group that they can hang out with and play in a band with; it gives them a chance to play to an au­di­ence.”

Rock Schol­ars will hold its an­nual fes­ti­val next month to show­case bands and will present an­nual awards to young mu­si­cians.

Mr Sim­monds said each band at Rock Schol­ars was as­signed a men­tor from the WA mu­sic scene.

“All of the guys that work for us; the tu­tors and men­tors

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