In order to make libraries more relevant in today’s society and adapt them to modern culture, Get It Loud in Libraries works with young people, schools and agencies around North West England to deliver a series of gigs and events in local libraries.
The aim of the project is to develop and engage new community audiences in libraries, showcase high-quality emerging music talent, offer creative opportunities for young people in hard-to-reach communities, develop library staff skills and raise the profile of libraries at a time when they are facing increasing financial difficulties.
Since the project launched in 2013, a dozen schools and agencies have benefited from the programme and eight libraries have been involved, attracting audiences of 2,109 people. Communities in smaller, hard-to-reach areas with social economic deprivation such as Skelmersdale and Oldham benefit most from the programme as they are not associated with main city touring routes, giving young musicians an opportunity to develop a fan base and support big music artists like Clean Bandit and Young Fathers.
People aged between 14 and 25 have the chance to work alongside industry professionals to learn new skills such as digital, film, photography and sound production in a supportive, friendly environment. Student Robbie Williams, 17, has managed to launch a career in sound engineering since taking part in the project.