How can a building make you smile?Reimagining and redeveloping The Courts Imagine a place where a young person’s background, race, beliefs, gender, physical ability and economic status had nothing to do with how good they could be, what they could achieve. A space where they could fully explore their creative potential, receive support and mentoring, and find meaningful work. That place is the Old Bristol Magistrates Courts (The Courts). An enterprise centre to help young people set up their own creative businesses and develop their opportunities. A place where there are no barriers to their future, where the only things that count are their abilities and talents. Thanks to the The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Bristol City Council we are developing detailed business and architectural plans to reimagine and redevelop this historic city landmark as a place that will complement Bristol’s renowned and growing creative industries sector. To get involved and keep up to date with our progress, sign up to our newsletter. The Problem with Creativity The Creative Surplus UK creative industries are a true success story. They are growing at twice the rate of the UK economy, while employment in the sector grows at four times the rate of the national workforce. Creative industries form a key sector of UK industry, generating around £92 billion per annum and contributing more than 5% of the UK economy (DCMS, 2017). Taken as a whole, the creative industries employ about 15,900 people in the Bristol and Bath area. The region’s creatives are estimated to be 50% more productive than the UK average and productivity in creative businesses across Bristol and Bath has increased by 106% since 1999. The Creative Deficit All those positive statistics mask stark reminders about how inequality and other disadvantages are stopping many very able young people from entering the creative industries. White people hold 88% of the jobs and only 11% are occupied by BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) people. Men dominate the sector holding 63% of the jobs. In the gaming industry, a creative field in which the UK excels, 86% of jobs are held by men, 96% by white people. It is also significantly difficult if a young person comes from state education. Since 2010, there has been a 28% drop in the number of students taking creative GCSEs, with a corresponding drop in the number of specialist arts teachers. Our Solution The Courts will throw open the doors to creativity through an open, enabling and supportive environment for those talented but disadvantaged or marginalised young people seeking to enter the creative industries. Floor by floor plan Basement It is envisaged the basement level (the old cell block) will contain incubator space and enterprise workshops for young people. Our plan is to let this space on a short-term and quick-release basis for people looking to develop a business, or starting out as a young professional. Ground floor The ground floor currently has four courtrooms, one of which will be restored to its original condition and offered as a film, television and performance location. The remaining rooms will be developed into lettable spaces for multipurpose use. These will include space for Creative Youth Network services, for creative industries, youth participation work, performance, gallery exhibition and a bar/café.A public entry will ensure everyone, regardless of their physical ability, can use the same entrance. First, second & third floors The first, second and third floors will provide 1,115m² of high-quality office space let commercially and accommodating around 110 workers. These tenant organisations will share our organisational values and ethos for the building.A new lift will connect all four floors, again ensuring full access, while the old staircase will be retained as a heritage feature. We are also considering a green-roof across some of the open spaces covering the rooftop to complement the high-spec insulation, heating and cooling, and energy conservation measures planned to ensure The Courts has the lowest possible environmental impact. About us Blog Temple Records - Lessons learnt from running a record label Temple Records was a youth led record label run by Creative Youth Network and funded by the Big Music Project. This blog has been written by those who took part. How it was set up? In 2014 Creative Youth Network created a project that allowed young people aged 16+ to gain experience, knowledge and insight into the music industry, having witnessed a gap in opportunities for young people to do so. However, to ensure the project REALLY met the needs of the young people it was decided that it would be created, run and delivered by young people giving them the opportunity to set up their own record label. A steering group was created who chose the name, designed the logo and decided on what the label would do – sign young musicians for a year to help them record and release tracks as well as giving them opportunity to perform. Who led it? The steering group became the label management team with individual roles in A&R, Studio Engineering, Management and Event Co-ordination, amongst others. This gave those interested creative industry jobs the opportunity to learn about the profession and gain transferable skills. The steering group also became the project champions linking in with other Big Music funded projects and young people across the country. This included weekend residentials, events and trips to London, and the opportunity to share their learning of how to set up and run a record label. What was achieved? From performances at Glastonbury Festival, to releasing an album of new music from Bristol based young musicians, Temple Records has achieved so much. over the four years, 43 young people part of the steering group and management, all aged 16-21 years old 27 young musicians signed to the label 15 singles released on Sound Cloud, Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp two albums recorded and released 8 events led at venues including The Island and Trinity Arts Centre performances at festival such as bristol Harbourside Festival, Love Saves The Day and Shambala over 2000 attended these performances over the four years 588 people followed Temple Records through social media channels getting access to events, updates when releases were made and being shared lessons learnt and ways to get involved What were our roles? The steering group were able to apply for, and take on, roles that represented jobs in the industry. We had roles for Sound Engineers who then went onto managing the recording studio and recorded all of the music, as well as mastering the tracks to get them ready to release. We also have a Label Manager who helped keep us all co-ordinated. When we had events we'd have an Events Co-ordinator, and throughout the project we'd have roles that would help with the Marketing of the label, the artists, their music and the events. In previous years to this the label has also had Artist Liaison who'd support the artists both when they were recording their tracks and at events. We'd also work regularly with Film Makers to film music videos and to document events, so much so that a role for one was created on the steering group. These roles had role descriptions and could be applied for to mimic an application and interview process that really helped set the professionalism for the project. Top Tips from Temple Records on setting up and running your own record label: Be flexible with, and respectful of others, to optimise the workflow. Communicate, communicate and communicate again. Everyone has their own strengths, specialities and areas they like to work in and are 'good' in - however making people work in areas they don't usually, creates not only a stronger working team, but usually more interesting work! Never limit yourself or others to a certain job/field! If a project is ‘youth led’ create a safe space and support to enable young people to really lead it without limitations and to fail safely. Don’t be scared to lead and ask questions of the artists if you feel unexperienced. Have confidence in what you need to know and ask the questions to help achieve the results you want. Here's the album we've just released - “If you were to share one thing that you’ve learnt from being involved in Temple Records, what would it be?” What’s next? Creative Youth Network are working with Bristol Music Trust identifying gaps in music opportunities for 17 – 19 year olds in Bristol who are starting to make music themselves and needing a little more support. We’re hoping to start a new programme together from the Autumn this year, so watch this space. As for Temple Record’s music, you can still download the tracks and albums created during the project online. Special thanks….. we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to John Thompson and The Big Music Project for their continuous support on the project since 2014. Also to Laura Lewis-Paul, who when working at Creative Youth Network, ran the first cohort and developed the project with young people. To Josh Tucker from Real Sound Studios for helping to shape and run the project with Creative Youth Network. And the biggest of shout outs to all of the young people who have got involved and made this project amazing!!!