Regional Government of Madrid facilitates free access to young musicians to rehearsal rooms and technical equipment
The Regional Government of Madrid has made the Metrónomo centre available to young musicians aged from 14 to 30 completely free of charge – a location that includes 10 rehearsal rooms and a recording studio in calle Áncora, in a refurbished building on loan from Metro de Madrid close to Atocha-Renfe station.
The Regional Councillor for the Family, Youth and Social Policy, Concepción Dancausa, visited this centre today and highlighted that, since its start-up in January 2020, more than 1,000 users have rehearsed at the Metrónomo centre, using suitable equipment to express their creativity and concerns through music.
The rooms have a floor space of between 14 and 43 m², and six of them are designed for contemporary music, two for classical music and one for electronic music. The tenth room is a fully equipped multi-purpose room, including a grand piano that is used for musical groups and as a small auditorium.
All of the rooms are sound-proofed and have the musical equipment necessary for groups or soloists (mixing desk, microphones, amplifiers, drums, etc.). Three of them have a piano in order to cater for all musical styles. The use of the professional recording studio is also free, which is supported by a sound technician to record demos and for live rehearsals. The rooms will be open from 10 am to 11 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, thus offering 78 hours availability a week.
Metrónomo rounds off this offer with a programme of free advice for young users of the rehearsal rooms, with the aim of converting the centre into a benchmark to promote and offer visibility to new musicians. To do this, training actions are carried out on support, grants, music-related studies, festivals and other events.
The Regional Government of Madrid will allocate 140,000 euros a year to this rehearsal room programme. This is encompassed under the lines of activities developed by the Directorate-General of Youth of the regional government to promote the comprehensive training of young people, fostering their personal development, promoting talent and access to entertainment, sport and culture. In 2020, more than 20,000 young people took part in these activities.