Whilst researching the impact of Covid-19 on local musicians, we came across this interesting local group, and their Secretary David Yates. David explained that Sound of Scarborough is a voluntary group which promotes and encourages the development of the local music scene and its infrastructure. They aim to further the artistic education of local musicians, particularly young people, through mentoring and development. This takes place through workshops, tuition and well-being activities designed to foster a new relationship between artists, technicians and promoters that seeks to reward everyone fairly for their input.
David told us that “in summer 2020 we launched our website www.soundofscarborough.org with the financial assistance of North Yorkshire County Council. We also worked together with 12 acts to create our second self-funded vinyl LP. In autumn we co-produced a third album of brand-new songs, written and recorded by local musicians. It depicts their experiences of living through Covid.
The download-only album Survive was part of a larger project, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, to help musicians through these dark times, by encouraging the creation of music and giving opportunities for musicians to work together and support each other. You can listen to the album at www.thesoundofscarborough.bandcamp.com
As mentioned in our previous article on local musicians, mental health needs have increased under lockdowns. David added, “the incidence of poor mental health amongst musicians because of the pandemic was one in three. As part of the Lottery project we created 6 mental health videos for musicians with the help of a wellbeing counsellor.” (To watch the video visit their YouTube Channel).
During 2020 Sound of Scarborough have helped musicians make 20 livestreams and a further 15 promotional videos, in total enabling 50 musicians to play their music to an audience of over 20,000.
Plans during Covod include continuing livestreams and extending volunteering, learning and mentoring opportunities. Post-vaccine they aimto promote a town festival in 2022, to develop outreach music education projects and to run a summer music school. Ultimately, the aim is to have a permanent base to work, teach and mentor from, and to host gigs, rehearsals and recordings.
To find out more, or to get in touch with Sound of Scarborough, contact Dave Yates, Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org