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Run by SATEDA (Swale Action To End Domestic Abuse) in Kent, the year-long SwitchUP project aimed to tackle the issue of adolescent-to-parent violence, and help rebuild damaged relationships between young people and their parents.

The project featured a mix of group discussions and creative music-making sessions. SATEDA’s facilitators helped the young people to explore the reasons behind their abusive behaviour and identify how they could behave more positively.

In the creative sessions, supported by professional grime and drum & bass artists, the young people collaborated to produce some amazing tracks with lyrics reflecting on what they’d learned:

East by North East

Led by GemArts in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, East by North East brings together young people from across the city to make music. Many of the participants come from asylum seeker, refugee or minority ethnic communities. The project has given them the chance to develop and share their composition and performance skills in a wide range of genres including rap, bhangra and Eastern European folk.

Guitarist and singer from Southend YMCA onstage

Switch 2 Music

We love the colours in this pic from Southend YMCA. The project worked with young people in a variety of challenging circumstances, including participants who’d committed a criminal offence or were at risk of offending. The young people were supported to develop musically, build resilience and gain transferable life skills.

Young DaDa Ensemble

More great live photos from this project run by DaDaFest in Liverpool. Over two years, it’s given local young disabled musicians the chance to take part in accessible music-making activities, perform live and develop their skills.

Musicians from Drum Works at Barbican OpenFest

Drum Works

And here are yet more spectacular onstage visuals! This photo comes from the project run by The Barbican Centre Trust as part of Youth Music’s ‘Exchanging Notes’ programme. It’s seen music leaders partner with The Warren School in East London to run fast-paced, high-energy drumming sessions, leading to live performances including this one at the Barbican. Photo by Susana Sanroman.

Tiny Sparks 2017

This project, led by The Spark Arts For Children, worked with Leicester City Council to run music-making sessions in children’s centres and nurseries across the city. Many of the children who took part are from low-income families and/or have English as a second language. The project helped them develop vital language and listening skills, and the music leaders also worked with parents and teachers to pass on the confidence and ideas to continue music-making beyond the sessions. Photos by Pamela Raith.

New Routes

A group of young refugees worked with music leaders from The Garage to make this awesome music video. The group came together at New Routes Integration, an organisation which supports migrant and refugee individuals and communities in Norfolk. Their track’s called Far Away and is inspired by the sense of freedom they’ve felt since settling in Norwich.

Musical Therapy for ADHD

Project highlights: Spring 2017

Check out the previous selection of pictures, videos and music from recent projects, up to and including spring 2017.

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