LIMITED knowledge of music among the territory's young people has prompted the establishment of a 'Music Bank' to introduce them to a wider variety of styles. The bank is a joint project of the Tsui Lam, Heng Fa Chuen and Shau Kei Wan children and youth centres. Organiser Sew Chang-ho, from the Tsui Lam centre, explained to Young Post : 'The bank will help promote non-mainstream music among young people or provide a place for alternative music-lovers to acquire more knowledge of their choices.' The bank will offer pop, rock, jazz and hip hop tracks, among many others. It also will act as a base for members to meet and exchange CDs and information about music discoveries. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings. 'There will be a theme for every meeting,' Mr Sew said. 'For example, if we want to introduce a kind of music, we will pick out the respective singers or bands to present to members. 'Basic background information will be given to them to enhance understanding.' Participant Leung Yue-kwan, 21, said he was delighted to sign up with the bank. 'Joining the bank makes me realise how little I know about music,' he said. Yue-kwan said there were not enough channels available for the territory's alternative music-lovers. 'Even if you turn on the radio, there are at most two electric music songs in one programme,' he said. Another participant, Josh Hui Pak-hung, echoed these sentiments: 'It is difficult to find a place like this in Hong Kong which caters for people who have a desire for alternative music, since the entire singing business is filled with mainstream music.' The 17-year-old said listening to music was an important learning avenue for him. 'One of my favourite bands is U2 and through their songs, I can learn more about their attitudes towards world politics,' he said. 'Some of their songs promote concern for the community.' Anyone under 30 is welcome to join the bank. For more information, telephone 702-2202.