Check out this initiative to inspire teenagers to get involved in live music, as seen at the Brighton marathon
One of the wonderful things about running the Brighton Marathon is that not only do the city come out to cheer and support your efforts, but throughout the course there are some special music stages designed to spur the amateur athletes on.
Here at Boundary Road, Portslade (Westest Hove, or mile 16-17 if you were running) I was deeply impressed by one such stage: the Shoreham Allstars set-up, an initiative to get youngsters aged 7-18 years out playing the music they love. The collective is based along the coast in Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing and featuring more than 25 bands in a mix of genres they do around 30 gigs a year. What's more impressive is that they've been going ten years, propelled by an offering music tuition and studio and live experience which seems well beyond value for money.
If you have kids into music why not check out their website? Speaking as a musician I was moved by the way everyone involved seemed to be so passionate. And I can't think of a better way for young people to such good real world music experience before the college and the pub, club and university circuit.