Project information

Catalyst Sound and Vision

Provide Access to FREE high Quality music making and Technology for young people in Toxteth.
Catalyst will run Two Free Music sessions per week for young people from Liverpool 8 and Refugee and Asylum seekers and other disadvantaged backgrounds from the Liverpool 8 and surrounding areas.

February 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: Catalyst Dance And Drama Group Limited

Catalyst Dance And Drama Group Limited logo
  • Need


    Our Target group suffers from Social Isolation,lack of confidence,low achievement at school,poor employment prospects. Mental health issues and poor sense of wellbeing.
    This project will Make communities aware of the different cultures and backgrounds of young people living in their neighbourhood.


    The project will bring young people together, they will learn new skills together and play music together.they will learn about different cultures through the music they play.
    They will work together to organise showcase concerts to perform to their friends and families this will make communities stronger and safer as people become more aware of each others cultures.
    Young peoples confidence will grow as a result of this project and they will realise their goals and sense of wellbeing will grow

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the participation of young people making music from Refugees and asylum seeking groups .


    » Run two Free music sessions per week for young people from the target groups to learn new skills in playing musical instruments.
    » Run 100 Music technology workshops providing training in Music Production and proving young people with more computer skills.

    What success will look like

    Number of Young people attending the Project : Catalyst Registration Forms
    Number of young people regularly Attending sessions : Catalyst Session Registers: Each session

    Aim 2

    Expanding the young people 's musical and cultural knowledge of the wide range of music styles


    » Making music by young people from different countries will help the participants expand their own cultural knowledge

    What success will look like

    Styles of music played by young people
    Music listened to by young people at sessions
    Young peoples understanding of different cultures
    Diverse range of music played events

    Aim 3

    Improve the young peoples communication and language skills


    » Song writing,Lyrics and music written together will help participants to develop new words

    What success will look like

    Completed registration forms
    Language used during session to communicate with others
    Arts Award
    Young people staying on at 6th Form
    Young people going to college

  • Impact


    Young people will have more skills to help them succeed at school,university and in the work place.
    Communities will be more aware of the different cultures living there.
    Participants will continue to make friends beyond the project

    Qualifications and career paths that the young people choose will be influenced by the participation in this project and this will be shown by the qualifications and careers the young people achieve.


    Freelance artists could leave to get full time work:
    we have built up a large bank of artists who we can draw on to run sessions,even at last minute to cover sickness ensuring the project continues to run smoothly:
    Catalyst venue could close due to tenants leaving:
    we have alternative venues to run the session in othe partners organisations.


    We will report to Donors on a Monthly basis: we will invite Donors to our quarterly Committee meetings.
    Donors will be invite to see sessions in action and invited to the performance evenings to meet the participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,480

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,680 Workshop and studio rent 50 weeks running 100 sessions
      £15,600 Project Manage and Lead Artist 2 days per week for 52 weeks
      £6,000 2 x Freelance professional Mus 2 sessions per week for 50 weeks
      £1,000 Insurances Public/empl;oyers Annual statutory Insurance
      £600 Professional fees accounts et annual fees
      £300 Internet and phone services internet and phone for reporting to donors/uploading music produced
      £300 Software Latest music software updates to computers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    CCG LIverpool £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Catalyst was formed in 1984 by a group of Black teenagers who saw the arts as a white middle class dominated environment, they wanted young people from the most deprived areas of Liverpool to have access to the Arts and started up Catalyst in the Toxteth area.
    Catalyst is based in Liverpool's Princes Park ward, 8,758 (51.2%) residents in the ward are Black and Minority Ethnic.
    Princes Park is the only ward in the city where more than half the population are BAME.


    Catalyst will work with the most vulnerable and diverse groups of young people From BAME and Refugee and Asylum Backgrounds aged 12 -25 years old living in Liverpool 8 and the surrounding areas who are most in need of Free high quality music making activities.
    These young people will be generally low achievers at school and have no access to high quality music making equipment and facilities to rehearse and make new friends.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Catalyst has been running high quality Arts activities to young people since 1984, it is well established in Liverpool 8 and has links with all of the local community groups.
    Catalyst will use local artists to support the project ensuring that the community stays involved in shaping the project for Local people.
    Catalyst has built up a much respected reputation in the area and is well supported by all.
    Catalyst has built up a large supply of instruments and equipment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Ellington/Project Manager/Artistic Director

    Catalysts project manager has been employed by Catalyst since 2004 and has a wealth of experience of managing multiple projects and events.

    Miriam Mussa/Catalyst Board Member

    Miriam Mussa:Has been involved with Catalyst since 1988, she has run many workshops and events and is keen to see Catalyst to continue.

    Francisco Carrasco/ Catalyst Chair

    Been involved with Catalyst since 1990 he is currently Director of One Latin culture previously he was Programme Director of MZONE

Young People Music Video, produced and Directed by Catalyst participants