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A good new band these days is hard to find

Good news for all you skint wannabe musicians and struggling bands; you will no longer have to rehearse in your dad's garage, or in some scummy bedsit.

UK Music – headed by former Undertones front man Fergal Sharkey – and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are starting a scheme for free rehearsal spaces, with the first being set up in Liverpool.

The network will be paid for by a £500,000 grant from the government and local authorities (who will pay for running costs), while the Department for Culture is also looking to create 5,000-10,000 jobs in the creative industries.

'If just one of these kids becomes the next Coldplay, then the British taxpayer will get a great return on this scheme, a much better return than they are getting from the millions being ploughed into the banking system,' said Sharkey.

'We are bloody good at this (making pop music), but we need to invest and make sure that the next generation of musicians have the opportunities they need.'

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