Young artist campaign

Shetland Young Promoters Group has launched a Young Artist Cam­paign in an appeal to young musicians, bands and DJs to make them­selves known on the music scene.

The group, a joint initiative between Shetland Youth Services and Shetland Arts, formed late last year and consists of 12 people between 14 and 18 years old. Com­mittee members include chairman Ryan Stevenson, vice chairwoman Lana Thomson, treasurer James Spanswick and vice treasurer Karl Smiles.

It is hoped the new campaign will attract a range of young artists, allowing a database to be created which would aid the group in put­ting on events but also help those artists develop their promotional skills and be heard.

SYPG committee member and director of the Young Artist Cam­paign, Harley Gear, said: “The SYPG has always aimed to help young artists develop and expand their careers and to do this effec­tively we obviously need to know who to help. Any artist of any genre is welcome to contact us as we have events planned to suit all of their styles.”

SYPG also aims to help young artists in producing a promotional pack which would include a demo track and information about the artist or group in question.

Ryan Stevenson said: “The promotional pack is to help young artists to gain bookings for gigs and events that do not involve the SYPG. It also helps us to ensure equal opportunities while choosing artists for our own events.

“The campaign can only be success­ful if young artists contact us and I would encourage anyone interested in performing onstage to do so.”

The team have been involved in a number of succesful ventures this year and work closely with SIC youth services, which has estab­lished a youth club band scheme. Members of the SYPG will be present at the Battle of the Bands event tonight in Mossbank.

If you are a young artist and would be interested in working with the SYPG please write to SYPG at


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