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Islington Council looking to partner with entrepreneurs to develop young people's digital media project

 

Soap Box Centre: a new opportunity on Old Street for entrepreneurship and young people’s development and creativity, supported by Islington Council

 

Soap Box is situated at 69- 85 Old Street in the south of Islington. A prime section of the ground floor and basement is currently being completely refurbished to create a new modern and flexible set of spaces and facilities whose purpose will be multi-functional.

 

Soap Box Studios – recording and rehearsal space for music recording and production.

Soap Box Meetings – various flexible and well-equipped spaces for meetings, training and conferences at both ground floor and basement level

Soap Box Performance – flexible performance space, including staging and sound-proofed dance studio

Soap Box Café – café space suitable for the service of beverages and snacks

 

In the early evenings and at weekends, the focus will be on young people and the spaces will be used to provide an exciting range of opportunities for young people aged 13+.  These opportunities will be aspirational, developmental and engaging.  They are likely to involve a range of partners interested and skilled in working with young people and developing opportunities alongside them.  They will support young people to explore their futures in the worlds of tech, music and digital media, as well as give them the opportunity to access support for the wider challenges facing them as teenagers by developing trusting relationships with skilled professionals.

During the day times, when young people are at school, college or work, the spaces will be managed and operated commercially in order to generate surplus income which will be re-directed straight back into expanding the extent and quality of the opportunities for young people.  The council is interested in working with entrepreneurial partners who have the experience, innovation and appetite to shape a commercial offer that complements the offer to young people and maximises the potential of both.

A total of £200,000 per year is available from the council to support Soap Box from October 2016 to March 2020. There will be a range of partnership opportunities.

There is a formal process now open through which the council will appoint an organisation or organisations to lead the development of Soap Box.

On 28th April 2016, the council will be hosting an event to provide further information and to answer questions.

Who should attend:

Entrepreneurial, commercially –minded organisation with expertise in creative media, music production and digital technology 

Organisations who understand young people and are interested in working with them to create exciting, innovative and high quality youth offer in Old Street area

Organisations who can offer programmes for young people in music and radio production, digital media, coding, software design, app development, digital media to equip them with skills needed to get jobs in the digital media and technology industries 

When:

Thursday 28th April, 10:00am - 12:00am

Where:

The Loft

St Luke’s Community Centre 

90 Central Street 

London EC1V 8AJ

 

To book a place, please email isyp@islington.gov.uk and use Soap Box Provider Event in the subject line.

 

 

 

 

 

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