Then read this!

The Collective Gallery and artist/musician Ross Sinclair are giving away enough instruments to start FIVE bands in Edinburgh this summer.  Ross has been a leading figure in the collaboration between art and music in Scotland for many years.

2014 is the 25th anniversary of Ross’s Real Life projects – to celebrate he’s not only giving these instruments away, he and other musicians are going to work with the bands to write and perform new music.

To qualify, you must be under 21, committed to starting a band, interested in performing and be able and willing to take part in this project over the coming year.  If you are selected, you will get instruments, recording time, mentoring and distribution – and all of it FREE!

Ross has an exhibition at the Collective Gallery as part of the nationwide GENERATION programme – there will be an opportunity for you to come and try out the instruments at the Gallery every Saturday 1pm-5pm until 31st August 2014.  So what are you waiting for?!

For more information, take a look at the Collective Gallery website (, follow this hashtag on twitter: #freeinstrumentsforteenagers or contact Collective by calling 0131 556 1264, emailing or dropping in to the Gallery at the City Observatory & City Dome, 38 Calton Hill.

Collective is open 10am-5pm (4pm in winter), Tuesday to Sunday.  In August only, it will be open 10am-6pm seven days a week.