MPs show support for local youth projects at Base Studios

Stourbridge News: Rick Wakeman  and Margot James at Base Studios. Photograph courtesy of Liam White. Rick Wakeman and Margot James at Base Studios. Photograph courtesy of Liam White.

Politicians from around Dudley have been showing their support for a Stourbridge business which helps young people develop their skills in music.

Conservative MP’s Margot James and Chris Kelly and Labour MP Ian Austin all took time to visit Base Studios to see how the complex has been providing a range of programmes which give young people access to ultra-modern music making and recording facilities under the guidance of industry professionals, with the backing of some big names.

Projects at the Base are funded by Youth Music, the Arts Council or the Big Lottery Fund, which means young people can take advantage of the Base’s facilities and expertise for free.

Stourbridge MP Margot James, who met international rock star Rick Wakeman during her visit to the Base in January, said: “I am delighted that Base Studios continues to work with young people across the constituency, giving them valuable skills and training opportunities.

“The team at Base Studios are committed to engaging with people who have a passion for music. Access to technology and a professional space to rehearse and record is vital for these young people to reach their goals in the music industry, and I would like to thank everyone at Base for their hard work and commitment to this impressive enterprise."

Dudley South MP Chris Kelly and Dudley Conservative Group leader cllr Patrick Harley have also recently been on the guest list at the Base at see the studio’s new video production and conference centre facilities.

The pair gave their backing to Base boss Waren Evans’s plans to expand the centre’s business beyond the music scene, with the ambition of creating jobs and work experience opportunities for young people.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin took a tour of the Base and was quick to praise Base Media Productions Ltd, a new company based at the studios.

Mr Austin said on Twitter: “I'm @BasemediaProd in Stourbridge: fantastic new production facilities. Exactly what we need in the area.”

Warren Evans said: "At Base Studios we are committed to helping young people develop their skills in the creative arts.

“Our work has the support of many people and organisations within the music industry including world famous artists Rick Wakeman and Brian Travers from UB40, and has consistently delivered results; inspiring young people to develop their talents which have, in some cases, resulted in new careers.

“Our programmes for vulnerable young people have been proven to boost self-esteem and confidence, empowering teenagers to make significant changes to their lives including reconnecting with education and training.”

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