Working in young offenders’ institutions around the country, this three-year project is giving prisoners aged 16-25 the chance to create and record original tracks, working with professional musicians and engineers.
It’s developing vital skills like teamwork and communication – and it’s produced some amazing music. We think this track ‘Mum’ is a bit special:
The jazz-based artist development programme run by Tomorrow’s Warriors creates music-making opportunities for young people in challenging circumstances around London. They’ve captured some fantastic live photos from their performances at venues including Rich Mix, Alexandra Palace and the Southbank Centre. Photos by Tomorrow’s Warriors and jazznewblood.
Rising Stars NW
Dami Sule is an up-and-coming artist who takes part in the ‘In the Studio With…’ project run by Rising Stars NW in Manchester. He released this brilliant video for his track ‘Self Love’ in September.
Cornwall Music Service Trust
Lovely pics from this project which is part of the national ‘Open School Orchestras’ movement developed by OpenUp Music, and delivered in partnership with Music Education Hubs, schools and other arts organisations. It’s providing young disabled people with opportunities to play in school ensembles and perform live.
High Peak Community Arts
The two-year ‘Music Arts Pod’ project in Derbyshire worked with pupils from a local Pupil Referral Unit and young people at risk of dropping out of education. They had the opportunity to take part in various arts activities (including some fun-looking outdoor music-making!), work at a regional venue and attend live events.
This project in Staffordshire, titled ‘A Sound Connection’, is delivering music and movement sessions for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Interacting through music is helping the children have fun and develop vital communication skills. Photos by Philippa Unett.
And finally for this edition, here’s a really powerful track about mental health. ‘Don’t Cry For Me’ was written and performed by Kizz, Keet and Effe from the ‘Music Lab’ project run by Music Fusion in Portsmouth and we think it’s ace.