Community: Exeter

Date Submitted: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:49:12 +0000
Name: Maria Peters
Organisation: Sound Gallery CIC
Service(s): Children and families
Review(s): Youth service
Asset interested in: No
Service interested in: Yes
Proposal Details: Sound Gallery's proposal is to develop and expand its Access to SiMPTI (Access to Standards in Music, Production, Technology and Industry) a programme for young people who live in challenging circumstances. This programme is designed to provide music-making activities for young people aged 12-25 based in the Southwest, who are considered to be 'at risk of social exclusion' with an aim to build up their social skills and increase their creativity. This programme aims to engage fragile groups and individuals who live in challenging circumstances, in the form of music technology workshops, masterclasses and recording studio experiences under the guidance of music professionals within a safe working environment. We are currently applying for funding to support this programme and we are working in partnership with a number of schools, local organisations and local authorities to help deliver this programme (CEDA, DAISI, St Peter's Church of England Aided School in Exeter and the King Edward Community College in Totnes, Exeter Board Community Fund). In particular this project is aimed at: Young people from Pupil Referral Units, Young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training), Young people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and physical disabilities, Young people in care or young carers, Young people living in rural areas and are at risk of being rurally isolated, Young people excluded from school, Young people living in poverty and Young people who are homeless. The aims of the project are: Increase young people’s self-esteem and participation in the digital arts and foster a sense of self-worth by encouraging them to express themselves through music. Teach transferable skills and discover new talent by encouraging participants to try new digital technologies and push the boundaries of familiar practises in a professional recording studio. Provide the highest quality musical experience for young people by providing masterclasses, workshops and studio experiences using cutting edge technology. Immerse individuals into real life experiences and enrich their lives by offering volunteering and work-based training opportunities alongside the programme. Provide networking opportunities and useful contacts in the music industry by providing careers advice sessions, seminars, testimonials, demo products and a resource pack. Create a sense of achievement by awarding participants with an end of course certificate and helping them to build a portfolio of their work which they can use to enhance their CV and increase their chances of finding employment.