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Project information

Contact Media Lounge

It’s time for young people to not only be actors, but to create rich media and original sound design for live performance. We want young people to leave Contact with skills that will translate into positive futures.

The Media Lounge is a permanent fixture, providing opportunities for young people on a long-term basis

Charity information: Contact

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  • Need


    Young people, especially those who are not in education, employment or training need a place which provides them with free access to high quality eqiupment, support and expertise so they can develop the disciplines required to strive for and achieve excellence, develop excellent new media skills they can use to move into education, employment or training.


    We have been a portal for digital-media performance for some time. We see many young people who are talented and aspiring film-makers, designers, animators and whiz-kids at manipulating technology in original, creative ways. Because of this, we have set up a MEDIA LOUNGE at Contact to be able to run FREE innovative digital skills-based projects, residencies and master-classes. YOUR SUPPORT WILL PROVIDE A FULLY EQUIPPED MEDIA SUITE AND 1 YEAR'S PROJECT ACTIVITY

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create an equipped space to allow young people to be involved in theatre innovated by technology


    » Seek sponsorship for the fit-out of the space.
    » Seek sponsorship to pay for the delivery of the Media Loung projects so that these can be free to all project participants.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a Media Lounge which is fully equipped to give participants high quality experiences which will help them progress their learning and potential.

    Aim 2

    Increase the numbers and diversity of young people engaging in the arts


    » Targeted outreach to communities, particularly those lacking creative provision for young people
    » Providing opportunities for project participants to showcase their work to their peers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a wider range of young people coming to Contact because of the Media Lounge, meeting new peers and pursuing other projects and opportunities with the arts.

    Aim 3

    Increase the participants skills so that they can gain employment or enter into education


    » Workshops which encourage collaborative working, develop organisational skills, improve production skills and knowledge
    » Discussions with professionals which explore ways to become enterprising with their skills.
    » Sign-posting participants to further training or learning opportunities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be increased participants confidence, improved social awareness, respect for others and them studying, training or gaining employment

    Aim 4

    Introducing young people to new technologies and platforms


    » Facilitators will run structured activities for the participants to learn how to compose music, edit podcasts, collaborate online etc.
    » Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and experience leading technologies such as telepresence and live streaming
    » Expert sessions where participants will learn about leading technology and potential for impact on theatre and performance

    What success will look like

    Success will be participants becoming familiar and comfortable to use new technologies; producing content for performance, online activity or retail output.

  • Impact


    The project will enable a wider range of young people to enter the world of new media through education or employment. Participants experiences will be enriched through learning at Contact where they will have access to wide range of arts influences, not simply media. The Media Lounge will provide structured activities for young people, giving them a focus and goals, promoting positive behaviours and moving them away from at-risk activities.


    It's likely some of our participants will come from transitional backgrounds of have chaotic home lives. This presents the risk that some could drop out of the ongoing structured programmes. Ideally we'd like all participant to attend consistently across the projects. To combat this sessions will include a drop-in hour, allowing individuals who are not participating in a Media Lounge residency to be involved whenever they attend.


    Donors will receive updates on the Media Lounge, the projects and events it supports. They will have the opportunity to use the Media Lounge, attend sessions and meet participants. They’ll be able to access content/products created by participants, and will be invited to live performances.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,954

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Technology Equipment and software to enhance existing Macs and basic sound equipment
      £9,600 Facilitators + Trainees Planning, preparation and weekly sessions
      £3,434 Marketing/Materials/Eqiupment 6 auditions, flyer design, print costs, dvd/cds, USB keys, flipcam(x2), digital sound recorder
      £2,520 Travel (participants) Bus passes for participants
      £5,400 Performance Event Set design, technical support, guest artists
  • Background


    The Media Lounge is at Contact in Manchester and projects will take place there. Contact is in Hulme, which is in the bottom 12% on the Index of Multiple Deprivation (07). The area comprises a lot of students and immigrant communities. Many of the young people in the area are termed as at-risk or hard to reach. We seek young people from all over Manchester, but our outreach is targeted at young people from areas with little or no arts/creative activity for young people.


    Young people between 15-21 from a range of backgrounds from Greater Manchester. We anticipate some participants coming from deprived communities, experiencing at-risk situations and not in education, employment or training.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the city's only venue-based young people's theatre. Contact has a strong track record of successfully delivering effective participatory projects across Manchester which change young peoples lives for the better. Young people are at the heart of everything we do and are central to our decision-making. We are committed to artistic excellence, creative risk-taking, developing new artists, audiences and practitioners, and reaching under-served and excluded young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Baba Israel

    Chief Executive and Artistic Director. Baba has a passion and strong vision for inspiring young people's progress through artistic innovation.

    Workshop Facilitators

    Using their experience to engage the young people, they will discuss what the participants want to achieve + help them learn h

    Trainee Facilitators

    They will assist the Facilitators, learning how to deliver workshops and engage with groups. They provide a level of aspiration for the participants.

    Projects Manager

    A member of Contact staff, they will oversee the project, supporting the Facilitators, monitoring, reporting and producing an evaluation.