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SONIG Youth Music Industries Young Promoters Network

Young people in Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council are benefitting from the Families First-funded SONIG Youth Music Industry programmes’ Young Promoters Network (YPN).  The YPN offers young people aged 14 to 25 who have a love of music unique opportunities to experience careers in the live entertainment and creative industries.  It aims to share knowledge, passion, experience and resources to ensure live music thrives for young people living in RCT.


Through the support of the YPN Gabrielle Murphy, aged 18, from Treherbert, is being helped on her path into the music business.  The opportunities provided through SONIG and its YPN have led to Gabrielle capturing the attention of the BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons 12 panel, an exciting new music initiative which is supporting and showcasing twelve of this country’s finest, upcoming musical talents.  Through our support and creative industry networks, she has also performed live at many of this years’ festivals across Wales including spots at the Dim Swn Festival, Dinefwr Festival, Focus Festival, Hay Festival and Laugharne Weekend.  She topped off the summer with a support slot to MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula at the Brecon Jazz Festival.


Support from SONIG over this period has enabled Gabrielle to rehearse more frequently, record her debut EP with Amy Wadge (most recently known for co-writing Ed Sheeran’s #1 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’), and perform at an industry showcase event at The Moon Club in Cardiff.  Tonight (November 14th), Gabrielle will perform on BBC Children in Need at the Newport Centre and her performance will be featured as part of the highlights on Saturday, November 15.  This weekend she will also be switching on the Christmas lights in Merthyr town centre, through our collaboration as ArtsConnect, and is set to record a BBC Maida Vale Session on November 28.


Gabrielle will also support Bright Light-Bright Light on his homecoming show in Cardiff on Dec 16, following his US tour with Elton John.


The SONIG Youth Music Industry programme aims to up-skill young people and develop transferable skills in individuals; provide platforms for young emerging talent; and encourage networking opportunities across the region.  Without doubt, this has provided Gabrielle, and many others, with the skills for working within the creative industries sector.


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