Young people are gaining real-world skills in music and audio production through a new Pathways Programme run by Crescendo.
Rangatahi (youth) aged from 18 to 24 are putting their knowledge into practice in paid apprenticeships in audio engineering, mentoring and content production at Crescendo’s music and recording studio in Auckland’s Avondale.
The Trusts, which support a variety of organisations and events each year, are delighted to sponsor the Pathways Programme.
Crescendo Acting General Manager Lisa Carrington says the studio is thrilled to partner with The Trusts during a six-month sponsorship of the programme to serve rangatahi in The West. “With the rising numbers of disengaged youth throughout Auckland, we are especially excited about working together to build long-term solutions that reach even more at-risk rangatahi out West,” Lisa says. “Our thanks to The Trusts for their sponsorship. The funds received will help us to deliver our programme with security over the next six months.”
The Pathways Programme comprises the final stage of Crescendo’s music mentoring and wellbeing programmes, focusing on vocational skills training in the creative industries. It equips young people with hands-on skills, experience and confidence to enter the workforce in their chosen career, she says. “Our music programmes are designed to improve social and economic outcomes for our young people giving them the confidence to enter back into mainstream schooling, further training or employment.”
Crescendo believes any passion for music can be the seed of a successful career in the creative industries. Often young people who could be flourishing in their passion are slipping through the gaps of mainstream education and conventional careers, she says. “Integral entry points into the creative industries aren’t always accessible to enough rangatahi, especially those who may have experienced challenging backgrounds. We believe we can empower young people’s lives by connecting them with the kaupapa of creativity and support.”
You will find Crescendo at 1975 Great North Road, Avondale.