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Youth Development

We provide various programs in the Playford area, most of which are free of charge, and are scheduled to work around school and study commitments. Some programs are listed below, but if you'd like to learn about more, download a brochure featuring all of our programs.

Holiday bands: Holiday Bands is an opportunity for young music enthusiasts aged 14-17 to join a band with like-minded creatives in their local area. The program runs for one week every school holidays and is open to all styles and instruments but focusing on a typical band setup (drums, guitars, bass, keys, vocals) and original song writing.

IRL: IRL ‘be in a band!’ is an opportunity for young music enthusiasts aged 13 – 17 years to join a band and jam every week during the school term. The term-long program runs every week on a Wednesday evening 5:30-7:30pm

Low Stakes Events Team: Low Stakes is an events training program at NSS. A team of young people aged 14-17 will participate in a 5-week course, learning the skills needed for a variety of roles in the music events industry. They will then get to practise and develop these skills through putting on a series of ‘low stakes’ all-ages gigs at Northern Sound System, with future opportunities to volunteer at other NSS events. Roles that the young people explore include stage management, audio and lighting, social media and marketing, artist liaising and venue management.

Our Semester 1 program is already in progress. Check back in late-June for our Semester 2 applications.

NSS Choir: Youth Choir is run every Tuesday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm during the school term for young people aged 10 to 18.

Natasha is an experienced singer-songwriter and vocal coach based in Adelaide.

Tash has performed both locally and worldwide, and has enjoyed teaching a growing number of students for the past six years while helping them explore multiple music genres and safe vocal technique.

Studio Lab: Are you looking at writing, recording or releasing your very own tunes but don't know where to start?
You can join us at Northern Sound System every Monday during school terms making the most of local talent at Studio LAB!
From 4 till 6pm Mondays our facility offers free 1 hour recording self help (with support) recording sessions.
We cater for all artists, from those who have always dreamed of writing and releasing their own songs.

Recordings: Record, edit and mix vocals and instruments for clients who book a recording with an Engineer.

Days/times available are within NSS' opening hours, pending studio availability/staffavailability.

Engineer Hire $30 per hour plus Studio Hire.

WOMADelaide x NSS Academy: A 12-month Artist Development Program.

YAC: Youth Action Crew. A new take on a Youth Advisory Committee. The YAC is an action based youth crew coming up with community responses to youth issues.

Meetings fortnightly on Mondays 4:30pm - 6pm

Hopestreet Drop-In: Drop-In is an opportunity for young people aged 12 - 17 to gather, make friends, eat food, enjoy activities, and build relationship with positive role models in a friendly and caring environment. Activities include table tennis, gaming (Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo), tabletop card games (Yu-Gi-Oh!), crafts, and more. Every Wednesday 3pm – 4:30pm during school term.

Drama Club with Delia: Are you a Creative? Are you curious about the Arts or creativity? Drama, Music, Film, Movement, Spoken Word, Playfulness?... Want to be part of a cohort of local creatives, learning together how to tell your own stories, make beautiful things, engage in meaningful discourse with your community? Make friends, build trust in yourself and others, grow skills and confidence, give something new a try? Grow your capacity to express yourself, whatever your 'Thing' might be? These Creativity Spaces might be for you!

Mondays 6pm – 9pm (18 – 25 years old), Thursdays 4:30pm – 6pm (12 – 17 years old).

3v3 Basketball Event: 3v3 CLB basketball tournament for multicultural youth. Date 23 June 2024 at JMC. The event will also include a DJ, family activities, mini-games/coaching, food, and job providers/referral services to connect with youth.

Want to know more?

Contact our Youth Development Officer Ruben on 0448 622 841