Prestigious Nomination for Arts Team

A Thurrock Council-led project, which encourages young people to showcase their musical talents, has been nominated for a prestigious Arts and Business regional award.

The Schools Out project, which is sponsored by Redrow Homes, initially began as an event at Grays Beach where young people, aged 13 to 20, could perform Rock and Pop songs in front of a large audience. Due to its resounding success, the project has since developed into a monthly open mic night at the Thameside Theatre, with its own web-based TV station
www.v-one.tv and its own facebook and Myspace sites.

Cllr Joy Redsell, Thurrock Council Cabinet Member for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: “The Schools Out project is a fantastic opportunity for Thurrock’s young people to showcase their musical talents, making excellent use of the internet and social networking sites.

“This is a well-deserved nomination for our Arts team, who have set up many innovative and worthwhile projects which engage the local community.”

Thurrock Council’s Arts team will find out if they have won the Arts and Business East Ernst & Young A&B Young People Award at a ceremony next month (11 February).

The Schools Out project will play a part in this year’s T-Fest, which will be held on 24 and 25 July 2010.

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