London Rhymes seeks to celebrate the instinctive creativity of babies and new parents, shout about the impact that singing and music-making can have on family life, and create something new and exciting in the world of children's music – songs for families, written by families!
February 2019 - July 2020
Charity information: Creative Futures
Becoming a new parent is a life changing, world shifting, earthquake-causing event – whoever you are, the impact can be monumental. The massive highs and sudden lows, crushing sleep deprivation combines with a love like you've never known.
Singing is an important way to build attachments with new babies – they are highly sophisticated singers and listeners:
• They can hear their mother’s voice from around 26 weeks in utero and recognise it above other voices once born!
• New parents enter into musical improvisations with our children instinctively, mimicking their facial expressions and sounds.
• Singing regularly with your baby can aid recovery from post-natal depression.
To inspire and support families to sing and make music in their everyday lives
Activities» We run music sessions for families with professional musicians – together we create new songs which explore the everyday experience of parenting.
» We beautifully illustrate our songs and distribute them via our YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy at home.
What success will look like
Parents report increased use of singing, playing and creating music at home with their children
Through increased engagement in the music sessions, parental confidence in singing and making-music with their child will grow. This will provide parents with ideas and confidence to continue to sing and make music in the home between sessions and beyond the project and in turn support parent-child bonding, wellbeing of both parent and child and the child's development.
Providing sessions to those most in need - through working with partner organisations such as the Magpie Project we are able to reach those families.
Families may experience a number of circumstances that we cannot control such as domestic violence, changes in housing, or loss of benefits. The team are sensitive to these issues and our sessions are relaxed and informal, with everyone able to participate in whatever way they feel comfortable.
We provide regular updates via social media and through our newsletters. We will also share recordings of the music made and publish impact reports on our work.
Budget - Project Cost: £22,440Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £9,600 Music sessions - lead Lead musician for 16 weeks at 4 settings £7,040 Music sessions - guests Guest musicians for 16 weeks at 4 settings £3,000 Recording - musicians Full band for 2 recording days £600 Recording - studio Recording studio costs £1,000 Mixing and mastering Studio, engineer and lead musician costs £1,200 Instrument boxes Providing an instrument box to each early years setting we work in
We work with our partners to identify the best places to deliver our projects. Previous partners include Hackney Playbus, Citizens UK and Newham Children's Centre. We are currently working with Magpie Project who work with families in Newham, the London borough with the highest number of people in temporary accommodation, child poverty rates and homeless referrals.
Mums and under fives in temporary or insecure accommodation will benefit from attending our session but any parent will be able to access the recordings and YouTube channel to to use the songs at home. Staff at the settings we work in will also benefit from the project through learning new musical ideas to use in drop-ins.
Creative Futures is well recognised for our Early Years work engaging children and families in disadvantaged areas of London and has a strong track record of delivering high quality programmes with positive outcomes.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Rosie Adediran - singer, songwriter, workshop leader and specialist in working with parents and under 2s.