Project information

Song-writing and recording workshops

To fully utilise our existing recording facilities to run a series of music-writing and recording workshops led by a professional song-writer, which allow young people in our area to express their thoughts and feelings in an appropriate manner through music.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Flash Musicals

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  • Need

    Need

    Current music trends such as drill are having a negative impact on young people’s mental and emotional well-being and are thought to be encouraging spikes in youth violence. In addition, inequalities mean that disadvantaged young people in the Borough of Harrow are often not able to access projects or equipment that give them an opportunity to explore musical skills and recording facilities.

    Solution

    This project seeks to improve young people’s mental and emotional well-being by giving space to consider how music and lyrics influence others and by allowing young people to express their thoughts and feelings through music in a beneficial way. It will also address inequalities by allowing disadvantaged young people access to professional recording facilities and working with professional song-writers/producers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide disadvantaged young people with an opportunity to attend song-writing/recording sessions


    Activities

    » Advertise the sessions on website and social media
    » Produce a flyer to explain session open to members of Flash and non-members.

    What success will look like

    By careful logging and recording of participant’s details to understand how they have accessed the sessions.


    Aim 2

    To improve the mental and emotional well-being of attendees through the workshops


    Activities

    » Tailor sessions according to each attendee’s requirements
    » Sessions will give attendees space to explore & develop their own musical ideas, thereby enabling them to express their thoughts, stories & feelings.

    What success will look like

    Through a questionnaire to session participants at start and end of course and by diarising sessions to show what has been achieved in each session.


    Aim 3

    For each attendee to have written and produced their own song by the end of the workshops.


    Activities

    » This will be achieved through the writing and production process assisted by the professional song-writer/producer.

    What success will look like

    Participants will receive a CD of their recorded music.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will equip young people with tools and skills to develop their song-writing skills and enable those skills to be utilised as participants grow older. The success of this continually developing skill may be difficult to demonstrate but participants will be welcome to use the recording facilities at Flash after the project has finished. The project will be able to demonstrate engagement with young people new to Flash and continued engagement with young members.

    Risk

    Not enough spaces in workshops for all those wishing to attend.
    Dealt with by careful booking of sessions by an administrator to maximise studio time.

    Young people wishing to use equipment but not wanting to join in with the wider workshops.
    Priority on equipment will be giving to those accessing the project sessions at certain times. Managed by the administrator.

    Various risks associated with safeguarding, facilities and use of building.
    All these minimised by existing risk assessments.

    Reporting

    • Page on Flash Musicals website dedicated to this project
    • Updates posted on Facebook
    • Donors can access and listen to the produced music, where participants have allowed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Song-writer/producer fees Cost of professional song-writer’s time for approximately 50-60 days spread across the year
      £4,000 Administrator costs Approximately 400 hours of administrator time
      £1,000 Equipment New items of recording equipment
      £2,000 Running costs/facilities Use of venue
  • Background

    Location

    Harrow Borough is a vibrant, multi-cultural area of contrasts – while some parts of the borough are affluent and relatively trouble-free, other areas have a much higher level of deprivation and an increase of problems such as youth violence. Cuts to youth services mean that there are fewer facilities for young people across the borough. The project will take place at the Flash Musicals Youth Theatre in the heart of Edgware, which attracts and welcomes young people from across the whole borough.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people from the Harrow Borough and especially Edgware will directly benefit from attending this project. Local communities will also benefit as the project aims to impact on youth violence and anti-social behaviour. It is anticipated that between 25 and 50 young people will benefit, depending on the length of each personally tailored series of sessions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Flash Musicals was set up in 1997 with a view to offering a opportunity for children from low-income or disadvantaged families within Edgware to become involved in the performing arts. Since then we have become well established in the area and opened our fully accessible theatre in 2005 enabling us to develop and extend our range of activities. We have a track record of working closely with local youth agencies and the police to increase the use of arts to benefit youth in the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Terry Revill

    Project and Centre Manager

    Steve Glenn

    Professional song-writer and project deliverer

    Administrator

    To be recruited. Will perform all the administration required for the project to run successfully.