A lovely part of Street Choirs Festival is the opportunity to support a local charity over the course of the weekend. This year, members of the Street Choirs Festival team spent time researching and talking to many charity organisations based around the south coast. Making our final choice was tough…so we decided to select two charities to benefit from this year’s festival, and here they are:
AudioActive is a ground-breaking music organisation, working with young people at the meeting point of technology and contemporary urban culture.
“For us, music is an end in itself as well as a tool for social change, education and personal development.”
The team run a number of different programmes of activity, including a wide range of sessions covering Music Production, Rap & Lyric Writing, Band & Live Production workshops and Songwriting Skills, run weekly and delivered by professional artist practitioners with industry experience. Highlights have included young people performing alongside Rag ‘n’ Bone Man at the Great Escape and wowing a sold out Concorde 2 at the Annual Poets vs MCs.
Another great example is a partnership programme with Brighton and Hove Youth Offending Service and The Clock Tower Sanctuary, the project works with some of the city’s most vulnerable young people – including young people who are homeless, or at risk of exploitation through gangs or drug-trafficking – providing music workshops in safe environments.
Working with over 1,000 young people a year from Brighton and surrounding areas such as Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing, this charity really caught the committee’s eye and we are delighted to be able to support them this year.
They will use the support they receive from us to offer more opportunities for young women to both teach and learn music production. Women are very under-represented in the music industry and AudioActive is keen to address this by giving access to the next generation of female DJs, producers and engineers.
Introducing Music in Detention
Music In Detention (MID) is the UK’s only arts and social change organisation working within the detention system, and their work effects significant change within the communities in which they operate.
“We believe strongly in the power of music and self-expression to help immigration detainees cope with the ordeal of detention in Immigration Removal Centres, and to improve their emotional well-being.”
Immigration detainees are an extraordinarily marginalised and forgotten group within society; unable to plan for their futures as their lives are on hold, and often isolated from their children, families, support networks and the wider community. The work that MID undertakes improves emotional well-being and helps develop a healthier society, improving detainees’ resilience to cope with the ordeal of detention and changing how people think about them. Music is an ideal tool for the multi-lingual, cross-cultural and highly charged atmosphere in which MID works.
Not only are we thrilled to support this fantastic charity, but they have also donated a song written by detainees, ‘Human’, to be included in this year’s Massed Sing. Which is really very exciting indeed!