SGS has always aimed to discover and showcase talented young musicians throughout London. Our mentoring programme was introduced by musician Kayleigh Cheer who saw a need for offering added support and guidance to young people coming through SGS.
We have worked with 20 mentors since starting the programme. These currently include Andrea Goldsworthy (bassist for Paloma Faith since 2008), Renell Shaw (bassist for Rudimental) and Bee Bakare (soul singer-songwriter and live music promoter) to name a few.
SGS offers 20 mentee places each year.
My mentoring sessions have been such a great experience, Bee has reassured me that I have a natural talent and that I shouldn’t doubt my abilities, as well as helping me expand my songwriting by writing lyrics and melody without my instrument – to help me write in different styles. Every month she has given me a new challenge especially with performing live – although it isn’t my favourite thing I have been attending an Open Mic (was weekly but now monthly) to perform – in order for me to come out of my comfort zone. I can’t say its changed my feeling about it but it’s a great way for me to share my songs. Bee is an amazing mentor, and has taught me a lot which I’m very thankful for.
Mentoring sessions are completely free and happen once a month at an SGS safe space. If you are from London, aged 16-24 and interested in receiving some professional music mentoring, then please sign up here: https://forms.gle/LmnjVuTmLKfBiN779. You will first need to go through a short interview process.
If you are interested in becoming an SGS mentor, please fill out the form below. You will first need to go through a short interview process. https://forms.gle/bjptvmgaEnfJAvUV9
MEET SOME OF OUR MENTORING TEAM:
MIRI – Mentoring Coordinator
MIRI works as a singer/songwriter and live music promoter (Strongroom, Green Note & The Boogaloo). Through being a music artist for a number of years she is passionate about offering guidance and support to young people following their musical path. She has received radio airplay on BBC 6 Radio, Radio X and BBC London, performing regularly around the UK and Europe including Sofar Sounds Amsterdam, 100 Club for The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration and supporting Laura Veirs at Bush Hall.
Bee Bakare – Mentor
Bee is a singer-songwriter, live music host & events organiser. As well as performing internationally, she is the founder of Soul Stripped Sessions supporting women in music. She has also featured on BBC one’s TV show “all together now” as a Singing Judge. Bee recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to help record her new album: 10,000.
Andrea Goldsworthy – Mentor
Andrea Graduated from London College of Music with a 2:1 (hons) in Popular Music in 2003 and has worked as a musician ever since, touring and performing with Ladytron, The Orb, and Kate Nash, performing in Paloma Faith’s band since 2008. Her many performances include Glastonbury, Coachella, iTunes London and Jools Holland as well as the Live Lounge on Radio One. Andrea also manages and performs with a number of function bands, including Faithettes.
Valerio moved from Rome in 2013 and since then he has built his music career in England and abroad, performing in prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Troubadour and Green Note in London and in high profile events such as the International Music Fair of Genova, Italy and the first Croydon Pride. In 2014 he released his first EP, Tidal Mental Head, and he’s just released a new single, Cotton, that will be included in his forthcoming album. In 2016 he was among the 10 nominees for Best Male in the Best of British Unsigned Awards and was broadcasted by BBC Introducing.