Positive Choices Album Launch

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Coventry Music's Positive Choices Project are to launch an album tackling difficult subjects inspired by 2-tone.

Coventry Music are proud to be a part of a fantastic project being launched this week as part of our Positive Choices Project. We are delighted to work with some talented young musicians and excited to hear the end result. The album will be launched tomorrow 11th January and links to the video will be posted here so you can join us in supporting this great project and our future musicians.

This amazing programme has been work in progress with Coventry Music for 18 months  as part of PositiveChoices funded by Youth Music, Coventry West Midlands Police, VRU, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and Coventry Music Trust

This album is part of the Summer Holidays 2022 part of the programme giving young people a chance to express themselves and share lived experiences. Have a watch and hear the powerful messages.

Read more about the album and project below:

Next Wednesday (11 January), a group of young people from across Coventry will be releasing a pioneering collaborative album called ‘In These Towns’.
In These Towns features eight songs from some of Coventry’s finest young musicians. The album incorporates multiple genres including Spoken Word, RnB and rap. Thematically the album tackles a number of difficult subjects including loss, grief, identity and gang violence. Each of these subjects is engaged through the young person’s unique and powerful viewpoint. The album, which was recorded at Coventry venue Studio X and was produced by JAY1’s producer ‘Coolie’, is a product of Coventry Music Hub’s Positive Choices project.
The Positive Choices project is a scheme which aims to support children and young people in the city by involving them in a number of creative, musical after school sessions.As the birthplace of 2-tone and pioneering bands like The Specials, Coventry has a rich musical heritage. Now, thanks to the Positive Choices Project, the next generation of musicians are also adding to that legacy.

Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’m tremendously proud of these young people. Creating an album like this, which tackles so many difficult issues, requires a great deal of skill and hard work.
“It’s important to us here in Coventry that our children and young people have the opportunities to learn new skills outside of the classroom. That aim is at the heart of the Positive Choices project, it’s about giving young people a creative outlet which nurtures their talent and focuses them in a productive way.

The album releases next week, and you will be able to find it on Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud.

The Positive Choices project is funded by Youth Music and is delivered by the Music Hub in collaboration with local schools, West Midlands Police and the Violence Reduction Unit.

Article taken from the Coventry Council Website, Friday, 6th January 2023 Coventry Music Hub project to release ground-breaking album. – Coventry City Council

Published: 10th January 2023