Chase and Status to offer free taster sessions for London free school

The dance duo's arts and music school will open in September 2014

Chase and Status are offering free taster sessions for their London arts and music school, which will open in September 2014.

Based in east London, the East London Arts & Music (ELAM) school will teach pupils aged between 16-19 courses on the music business, performance and production. It will also teach students Maths and English.

Will Kennard, otherwise know as Status, will offer the series of free taster sessions in next week’s half term from on October 29, 30 and 31. Anyone in London interested of taking part can register here.

“We started Elam as we realised there was so much talent out there that had potential but no direction or knowledge about the industry,” Kennard said in a statement released to NME. “We wanted to give that talent in and around east London a chance to develop and see actually how the music industry works.”

ELAM is set up under the government’s free schools programme. The programme was a flagship Tory education policy that allowed parents, teachers, charities of private firms to run state-schools free from local authority control. It’s being backed by the Brit School – which counts Adele and Amy Winehouse among its roll call of ex-pupils.

Plan B, Mistajam and SBTV’s Jamal Edwards are also involved.