Hammersmith & Fulham will launch a decade-long arts programme funded by a Cultural Impact prize from the Mayor of London, the Borough has announced.
The programme, called Sounds like Hammersmith & Fulham, will train young people in music-making and event-producing with the help of industry professionals, according to the Mayor’s website. It will culminate in a music festival curated by young people.
The Borough won the £200,000 prize at the London Borough of Culture Awards earlier this month. Sutton and Haringey were also awarded £200,000 for cultural projects.
Cllr. Andrew Jones, who is also H&F cabinet member for the economy and the arts, said the grant will help the borough provide “a thriving launchpad for future music stars.”
Jones said: “We want to make H&F an international beacon for the arts which not only can our aspiring local young talent benefit from, but a place all our residents regardless of their background can enjoy and participate in.”
H&F council has been pushing for greater accessibility to the Borough’s art scene. Last fall, a new Arts Commission was formed which is made up of volunteers, arts experts, and local arts organisations. The commission will produce recommendations this summer.
According to a press release from H&F council, the Sounds like Hammersmith & Fulham programme will also help reduce knife crime and youth violence by offering all young people in the Borough a chance to get involved in the arts.
In the Mayor’s previous set of Cultural Impact awards from 2018, Lambeth Council was given £200,000 to promote the Borough’s BAME artists. A young person’s organization called ELEVATE was created, which has since supported several cultural events.
More information on H&F council’s Arts Commision and initiatives can be found at: lbhf.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy.