creative conversations with Martyn Mullender of Portland Rocks

12 Feb

Welcome to episode thirteen of creative conversations. This week I talk to Martyn Mullender a founding member of Portland Rocks.

Portland Rocks is a fantastic project for young people of Portland, funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music, starting in late 2008. Guided by Tom Hopkins (Youth Music Regional Executive Officer) it brought together representatives of the Dorset Blues Society, Royal Manor Arts College, the Do Moore Fund, Weapons of Sound, Hot Jam International and the Dorset Youth Service.

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/CreativeConversationsPortlandRocks/13CreativeConversationsMartynMullender.mp3 |width=380]

Right click (or Ctrl click on a Mac) on this link (Creative Conversations #13) to download (Save Link As). Or subscribe to our podcast, or subscribe via iTunes to have it automatically appear in your inbox.

Unfortunately this funding has now run out and they are busy trying to secure further funding to further develop this successful project. Martyn tells us about some of the initiatives that they are currently exploring.

He talks about how it has developed since starting at Underhill School. Describing the weekly workshops that Portland Rocks runs, offering DJing skills; playing ‘junk’ instruments; and tuition in rock and pop instruments, singing and song-writing.

It was great hearing how mentoring pays such a critical role within the project, with Tom Hopkins mentoring Martyn with project management; Martyn mentoring the music tutors to deliver Arts Awards, with the tutors mentoring young people to enable them to lead sessions and young people mentoring other younger people. This all spells a recipe for success in my eyes and helps you understand why this project has been such a great success story.

I am very impressed with how Martyn manages his time, as it is not really mentioned in our conversation that he is a teacher at Royal Manor Arts College and then he manages this project on top of that, with a lot of time now concentrated on funding raising to secure a future for Portland Rocks. Luckily his children join in with Martyn and Portland Rocks to form ‘the Mullender’ rhythm section.

It was also great to hear how the project is not just about workshops, but also about performing, of showcasing the talent that exists. This chimes very much with projects I like to be involved with. Framing the work that is produced in a professional manner.

You can catch them at a gig at the George at 3pm on Saturday 25th February. And you can check their website for updates on their performances.

To find out more about Portland Rocks; www.portlandrocks.co.uk

National Foundation for Youth Music

Advertisements

One Response to “creative conversations with Martyn Mullender of Portland Rocks”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. creative conversations episodes « creative conversations - May 9, 2012

    […] I talk to Martyn Mullender a founding member of Portland Rocks, a fantastic project for young people of Portland, funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music, starting in late 2008. https://creativedialog.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/creative-conversations-with-martyn-mullender-of-portl… […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: