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The Jam mentors young creatives to a future in music

Young Christchurch musicians will have their chance to shine this Saturday 25 March at The Jam concert at New Brighton pier amphitheatre from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

St John of God WaipunaThe free concert is a chance for young musicians to showcase their talents in a non-competitive, alcohol-free environment supported by the local community.

The Jam is an initiative of the Canterbury Music Education Trust, which aims to provide a platform to perform in a non-competitive, community environment in order to encourage young people’s creativity and social engagement, as well as embracing their dreams and love of music.

Steve Fowler, founding board member of The Jam and Canterbury Music Education Trust, said that: "The Jam supports and mentors young musicians to help them discover a path in the music industry."

In association with the Duke Festival of Surfing, St John of God Waipuna, and CAYAD (Community Action Youth and Drugs), the concert aims to facilitate community connections by encouraging the performers friends and whanau to attend and support.

Philip Siataga, Canterbury Music Education Trust Chairman and Natural Buzz Promoter for St John of God Waipuna, said: "The Jam is a great example of a fun, community event that provides an opportunity for young people to perform in a real public environment which is fun for them and also safe. We think that culture and music can have a powerful influence in encouraging a shared environment where it’s ok for everyone to be alcohol free."

St John of God Waipuna is the Otautahi Region provider for the Ministry of Health funded CAYAD project, aimed at reducing harm to young people and families/whanau from illicit drugs and alcohol.

The concert runs from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday 25 March 2017 at the New Brighton pier amphitheatre. Entry is free and food and drink stalls will be available on site. More information is available on The Jam website