Loud in Libraries Academy

 23 July 2018

Get It Loud In Libraries (GILIL) offers opportunities for young people aged 14+ to access work experience, volunteering and career signposting activities. In 2018 their programme ‘Loud in Libraries Academy’ won the Creative & Cultural Skills Creative Choices Award. We spoke to Academy Manager, Lizzie Griffiths about the project.

Offering unique learning experiences in the music industry
Offering unique learning experiences in the music industry

The GILIL Academy supports young people’s participation and talent development in creative and cultural activities. Under the banner of GILIL Academy young people are able to co-program, promote and produce award winning musical and cultural events. They get the chance to work with artists as diverse as Florence and The Machine, Young Fathers, and Blossoms.

Lizzie said, “the GILIL Academy provides unique learning opportunities for young people to engage with live music through workshops, mentoring, and work placements.”

Through the Academy young people work to develop skills including social media, graphic design, photography, filming, editing, music production, event management, and marketing. The GILIL Academy is an Arts Award supporter and signposts participants to opportunities to achieve bronze, silver and gold accreditation.

Building careers

We asked Lizzie what she enjoys most about working on the project.

“I love having the opportunity to mentor young people looking towards careers in the creative industries. I also love working at gigs featuring exciting established artists like Baxter Dury and ‘This Is The Kit’; And new and emerging artists including Jorja Smith and The Orielles.”

I love having the opportunity to mentor young people looking towards careers in the creative industries.

In partnership with schools, colleges and alternative education provision, young people receive a tailored plan designed to maximise the opportunities available to them to gain quality experience within the music industry.

New beginnings

The programme relaunched in January 2018 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

“We’re about to launch the Loud in Libraries Arts Award programme with a summer of activities at The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead,” said Lizzie.

“We’re hosting a gig with Brooklyn based band Bodega and a whole programme of wrap around music making and production workshops.”

Award winners

The Loud in Libraries Academy won the Creative Choices Award for their ambitious, innovative and imaginative way of supporting young people and promoting vocational pathways.

We asked Lizzie how it felt to win:

“The whole team was delighted and proud to win the award. After our relaunch in January 2018 it was a significant validation to win this award.

“The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards are highly respected and we were honoured and proud to be winners of the Creative Choices award.”  

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