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The Hull Beats Bus

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The Hull Beats Bus

The Hull Beats Bus

Stephen Arnott By Stephen Arnott

Help us create the Beats Bus, a portable music history classroom and recording studio, that'll tour the parks and estates of Hull on weekends keeping youth busy creatively expressing themselves

Hull Delivery stage

pledged of £18,565

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

In the build up to Hull City of Culture 2017 I want to work with Hull youth, to get them exploring local music history and creating their own. We're worked with The Warren Youth Project and Freedom to Tell Tales, from which the teenagers we worked with were so inspired they wrote and recorded their own songs including an amazing collaborative piece which they performed at the Freedom Festival. Normally the workshops take place in the city centre making it difficult for those on the estates in the periphery of the city to come along, so we're creating the Beats Bus so that we can come to them. It'll give the future talents of Hull of any age the chance to feel like they are part of something bigger, enabling them to record their own music and actually have the final product in their hands on CD to take home.

What we'll deliver:

  • Promote the Beats Bus locally and generate the interest
  • Provide weekly themed workshops
  • Collaborate with local schools, smaller and larger businesses and youth groups
  • Kit out the bus with recording equipment and educational materials
  • Source a bus

Why it's a great idea:

We'll be giving the future of the city something to get involved with, whilst also teaching the important life lesson behind the history of hip-hop, which originated from block party in 1973 in New York that sort to unify people and stop them fighting each other. Aside from teaching this great history lesson it will give the youth chance to write, produce and record there own music! as in the previous workshops I have done I see music bring a lot of people together that wouldn't usually mix or spend time with each other in an everyday situation it gives people chance to express their creative side that they don't know they have as well. I’ve got support from the team and tutors at the Warren, Hull – to develop my business plan and to get my company set up. They’re also great helping me with some of the personal support I need to get the idea turned into a project on the ground.

Steps to get it done:

  • I have a vision that i want to give back to our community
  • I will commit to sourcing and connecting local groups and businesses to help me and help each other
  • i will take my children along to show other children how.

Workshops so far have been a great success but I'd like to increase my outreach, bringing the Beats Bus to the whole of the Hull community, especially those wouldn't otherwise have access to extracurricular music activities. Imagine a network on the internet and social media sites where varied local people and businesses can link up, plus can advertise via leaflets etc through the Beat Bus and workshops as it stops in various areas as far as Hornsea and Withernsea. With your help I want to be able to give them something they can be proud of. The Beats Bus will be a fun way to engage Hull teenagers all across the city due to its movable nature. It'll teach kids about about the history of music and also help to develop their interest in music as an expressive and fun way to pass the weekends and holidays.

Location Hull

About the space

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hull city council

How will the money be spent?Total £18,564

Cost of vehicle - £5,500 (30%)
Insurance - £4,718 (25%)
tutors fees - £2,000 (11%)
macbook pro - £850 (5%)
2 technic 1210 turntables - £800 (4%)
generator - £500 (3%)
soundproofing - £400 (2%)
electrician - £400 (2%)
ableton live recording software and video editing software - £300 (2%)
ableton push drum machine - £300 (2%)
Other - £2,796 (15%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Cost of vehicle
tutors fees
macbook pro
2 technic 1210 turntables
ableton live recording software and video editing software
ableton push drum machine
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • welder
  • pioneer 6mp mixer
  • VAT
  • speakers
  • microphone
  • flipcharts and stands
  • headphones
  • cables

Total £18,564

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