Music. It is all around us, all of the time, for all our lives. Everybody has some form of relationship with it, everybody has an opinion on it. It means different things to each of us. For some it’s at the heart of our identity. For others it simply soundtracks the hoovering. It brings together toddlers and grandparents, people from all backgrounds, in a way that few things can.

Future Yard was established as a new kind of community music venue, one that takes an active role in the local community, creating music programmes and activities with a positive impact that are shaped by local people.

If we are to achieve this, we need to have an open conversation with our neighbours, the people who live in and around us in Birkenhead. We want to hear about the role music plays in local people’s lives, asking the question: What Does Music Mean To You? We want to listen.

What Does Music Mean To You? Future Yard

Future Yard’s Neighbourhood Programme will be shaped by you, our neighbours. That may seem obvious, but too often isn’t the case. Whether it be music activities for kids and young families, music therapies, workshop programmes, activities for the elderly, or a whole manner of things we haven’t considered yet, this listening project will allow you to share what music means to you and shape what our Neighbourhood Programme looks like.

Firstly, we’ve put together a survey and we would love it if you’d take five minutes of your day to fill it out. Everyone who does so will get a free coffee on the house at Future Yard. Just pop your email in at the end.

Future Yard listening survey

In addition to the survey, over the coming weeks we will be hosting events in the community where we’ll be asking What Does Music Mean To You? Plus, we’ll be bringing along a mix of live music, special guests and workshops.

Future Yard Pop-Up at Birkenhead Market
26th March, 11.30am-3pm
Join Future Yard at Birkenhead Market for a day of live music and workshops, with a special guest appearance from the Mosh Tots Band! See full line-up details here.

Birkenhead market pop-up Future Yard

We will be rounding things off with our first Future Yard Open Day on Saturday 2nd April, more details to follow.

Following our What Does Music Mean To You? Listening Project, we will share the outcomes with you, our neighbours. We’ll be putting together a team of Future Yard Neighbourhood Champions who will work closely with us to design our Neighbourhood Programme based on the learning from this project. If you are interested in getting involved, there is an opportunity in the survey to let us know.