Renowned American musician and producer, Erik “Blu2th” Griggs, has initiated an innovative course at The Piece Hall in Halifax. Collaborating with Calderdale College and Calderdale Music, this program, scheduled for next month, targets young individuals aged 14 to 18.

Erik, a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling artist, boasts an impressive resume, having collaborated with icons such as Aretha Franklin and Eminem. His weeklong masterclasses will provide a contemporary perspective on the workings of the music industry, guiding participants from track creation to preparing a mix for presentation to record labels or artists.

Erik “Blu2th” Griggs said; “I look forward with excitement to adding 36 new people to my worldwide student family.”

The course has been organised by The Piece Hall as part of its commitment to the future of arts and culture in the region and developing the next generation of creatives under the umbrella of The Piece Hall Academy.

The first element of the Academy, a live events skills boot camp facilitated by Production Park in Wakefield, is already underway.

CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, Nicky Chance-Thompson MBE DL said; “West Yorkshire has been establishing itself as a hotspot for arts, culture and creativity for some time now and The Piece Hall is firmly at the heart of this. As our reputation grows, we want to carry others with us on that journey.

“It’s an absolute coup to be able to bring an artist with such an immense musical pedigree as Erik to Halifax to share from his skills, talent, wisdom and contacts. I’m truly thrilled we are able to offer this potentially life-changing opportunity to the young people of Calderdale.”

Calderdale College will host the course in its on-campus state-of-the-art recording studio. Two groups of students will benefit from the weeklong masterclasses where they will develop skills and experience ready for life after their qualifications.

David Malone, Principal and Chief Executive at Calderdale College, said; “We are fully committed to giving our students real-world experiences and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with such a renowned star who has worked with some of the industry’s most iconic names.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what our students can achieve as part of this masterclass. I have no doubt they will remember this experience long after they leave college.”

Calderdale Music – who are the Lead Organisation for the Calderdale Music Education Hub – have been working alongside Calderdale College and The Piece Hall for some time to develop the range of opportunities available for children and young people.

Director of Calderdale Music, David Heywood, said; “We are delighted to be playing a part in bringing a world-class and wide-ranging musical talent such as Erik to Halifax. Through initiatives such as this, alongside our day-to-day music education strategies, we look forward to helping the young people of Calderdale to embrace music and work towards our goal of bringing people together, growing self-esteem, and building brighter futures for the children of the region.”

Calderdale Music, the Lead Organisation for the Calderdale Music Education Hub, has collaborated with Calderdale College and The Piece Hall to expand opportunities for young musicians.

Director of Calderdale Music, David Heywood, expressed delight, saying, “We are delighted to be playing a part in bringing a world-class and wide-ranging musical talent such as Erik to Halifax. Through initiatives such as this, we look forward to helping the young people of Calderdale embrace music and build brighter futures for the children of the region.”

The course targets passionate young music enthusiasts and is free for eligible students. The Piece Hall, known for hosting world-class gigs, continues to solidify its reputation as one of the UK’s premier live music venues with upcoming shows featuring Blondie, McFly, Korn, Loyle Carner, Tom Jones, and more. Over 30 shows are planned for 2024, adding to the venue’s impressive track record.