If you are a young music artist or band and you are ready to take your music skills to the next level, or you want to learn about and develop sound, lighting and set up skills for music events, The Garage Unsigned is for you!

This project is supported by the Norfolk Music Hub and the National Foundation for Youth Music.

Call out for musicians

The Young Norfolk Arts Trust and The Garage have teamed up to develop an incredibly exciting opportunity for music artists/bands in Norfolk.

They are looking for 6 bands or individual music artists aged 16-21 years, who are ready to take their music skills to the next level. The music artists/bands need to be writing their own original material, with enough existing content to perform a 20 minute set.

What does the project involve?

You or your band will get the following amazing opportunities:

  • 4 x 2 hour rehearsal sessions for you or your band with a professional musician who will give you advice and guidance on your music and performance skills
  • A performance opportunity at The Waterfront as part of the ‘Unsigned’ Gig where professional filmed footage and photography of you or your band performing live will be captured, edited and given to you to use for promotion.
  • A session with a marketing professional to learn about how to promote your music
  • A session in a studio to professionally record one of your tracks
  • A professional photo session to give you stylised images to use for promotion
  • A mentor to support you to apply for more gig/performance opportunities at local events over the summer of 2019

How to apply

  • Please send an email to takepart@thegarage.org.uk with links to your music – we are happy to listen to recordings and/or watch filmed footage. In the ‘subject’ box of the email please write ‘Application to Unsigned’
  • In the body of the email please tell us about you/your bands history, your music and why you are interested in this project.
  • Deadline for submission is Friday 1 March, successful applicants will be informed by Friday 8 March 2019


  • Rehearsal Sessions with a music professional will take place during March & April at The Garage in Norwich
  • The performance at The Waterfront will take place on Sunday 19 May, you will need to be available for a sound check from 5pm with the event 7-10pm that evening
  • The marketing, recording, photo and mentoring sessions will take place during May and June. Your mentor will support you to apply for more local performance opportunities in June and July.

Join the youth tech team

The Young Norfolk Arts Trust and The Garage are delivering a fantastic project in 2019 for young people who are interested in working back stage on the technical side of music events.

They are looking for young people aged 15-21 years old who want to learn and develop sound, lighting and set up skills for music events.

What does the project involve?

  • 8 x 2 hour training sessions on sound, lighting and set up
  • 2 x 6 hours intensive training sessions
  • Supported hands on technical experience at range of music events including ‘Unsigned’ at The Waterfront and opportunities during the Young Norfolk Arts Festival in July

How to book

  • To book your place please call The Garage reception on 01603 283382
  • Spaces on the project are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis
  • This opportunity is free, but does require commitment to the training sessions and the gig opportunities


Monday 25 February


Technical Training Session 1

Monday 4 March


Technical Training Session 2

Monday 11 March


Technical Training Session 3

Monday 18 March


Technical Training Session 4

Monday 25 March


Technical Training Session 5

Monday 29 April


Technical Training Session 6

Sunday 19 May

4pm -10pm

Unsigned Gig @ The Waterfront

Tuesday 28 May


Technical Training Intensive 1

Friday 31  May


Technical Training Intensive 2

Monday 10 June


Technical Training Session 7

Monday 24 June


Technical Training Session 8

Saturday 6 July


Lost River Stage – YNAF

Thursday 11 July

Early Evening

Head Out Not Home Gig