We provide in-reach services for young people and adults receiving treatment on acute, intensive care, forensic and rehabilitation psychiatric wards in hospitals in London and other locations in the UK.
Using the latest music technology and apps our specially trained musicians and producers encourage patient engagement in music activities including DJ-ing, singing, MC-ing, songwriting, beatmaking, production, recording and performance. The sessions offer an accessible and energising mix of contemporary music styles including hip hop, soul, r’n’b, reggae, rock, folk, funk, dubstep and anything in between!
Patients are supported and encouraged to step up to the mic, have a go mixing on the decks, learn music technology, write lyrics, make beats, produce and record tracks or simply enjoy the sounds.
The objectives are based around social inclusion and recovery and include:
- Develop social, communication, creative, technical and vocational skills
- Rekindle ability to express feelings, make choices, take turns and respect the views and tastes of others
- Opportunity to re-engage in leisure interest and spend time with others who have a common interest in music
- Bringing patients and staff together in a positive activity
- Space to foster hope and aspirations for the future
- Signpost progression to music services in the community post-discharge
We work closely with ward staff to tailor session format and content to suit ward specialisms and patient interests. An audit after each session reviews clinical feedback, patient engagement and comments and can be included in patient satisfaction surveys.
Our approach is effective in engaging patients who may not be participating in other ward activities. It is a useful way of signposting patients to our community programme, and visits to our studio can be arranged with ward staff. Regular attendance can lead to significant improvement in patient presentation and increased ward leave and can help to contribute to care planning post-discharge from hospital.
Music Industry Recovery Programme
Studio Sessions & Artist Development
Our 20-week Music Industry Recovery programme offers studio sessions and artist development with music industry mentors for musicians, composers, song writers, lyricists, producers, vocalists and MC’s with mental health experience. All skills levels are supported from beginners to those with professional backgrounds in the music industry.
Music Industry Mentors & Professional Facilities
The structured programme includes support with song writing, composition, beat-making, production, recording in 1:1 sessions at our professionally-equipped studios.
Finished Product & Progression
Participants then progress to additional 1:1 and group support with artist development including live performances, a&r feedback, industry advice, biog, publicity photos, PR list, social media, split sheets and music video with the option to release on our in house label Key Changes Records.
Developing an identity as an artist offers a new way of knowing yourself and a chance to redefine who you are. You’ll increase your confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills, build resilience and open pathways to life opportunities. Specially trained music industry mentors and managers will support you to set and achieve realistic goals. The feelgood factor from professionally produced mixes of your musical ideas and the encouragement and feedback from professionals, peers and wider audiences will boost your wellbeing and recovery. On completion you’ll be freer from the limitations of your mental health and more aware of your true potential.
- 14 X 1-hour weekly 1:1 studio sessions (Weeks 1-14)
- 6 X 1-hour weekly 1:1 artist development sessions (Weeks 15-20)
- 10 X 2-hour fortnightly group music industry advice sessions (Weeks 1-20)
- 40 hours of self-directed learning (Weeks 1-20)
- 5 X live performances (Weeks 1-20)
- 1 X completion interview (Week 20)
- Pre-start free-of-charge taster session and assessment
- Professionally produced finished mixes of up to 4 tracks
- Artist biog, split sheets, publicity photos, artwork, PR list, social media, music video
- Monthly in house open mic event
- Option to release on in house label inc. mastering, licence, marketing, distribution
- Progression plan identifying next steps to education, training, volunteering, work experience or employment
- Music industry mentors trained in mental health awareness
- Ongoing liaison with health and social care services throughout engagement
- SMS text reminders for every session
- Access to in-house Young Music Leaders volunteer programme, community choir, concerts and social events
- Signposting to additional support with health and wellbeing, advocacy, legal, business, finance, housing advice, etc,
Eligibility and Fees
To access the programme the following criteria and fees apply:
- Using mental health services, or receiving treatment for a mental health condition, referred by Care Coordinator or health and social care professional: £65 per week, payable through personal budget/direct payment or self funded
- Not using mental health services or receiving treatment for a mental health condition, self-referred: £85 per week
Where someone is not eligible for personal budget and is unable to self-fund we may be able to offer occasional discretionary one-off sessions at subsidised rate of £20 per session (minimum fee based on sliding scale of ability to pay). These sessions are provided outside the 20-week recovery programme on ad hoc / last minute basis, regular provision cannot be guaranteed. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to offer limited service on a discretionary basis subject to contribution of volunteering for the charity.
Terms and Conditions apply. All fees confirmed after initial taster session and assessment.
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Live performance is a key component of our therapeutic approach. Performing original material produced in our studios at concerts and events provides a boost to artists’ confidence and self-esteem and is a powerful way of challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health issues.
Our regular shows at mainstream venues and in mental health settings are energising and life-affirming for performers and audiences alike.
Our monthly “Health & Social” Open Mic drop-in provides an opportunity for artists to perform the material they have been working on in the studio to a friendly, supportive audience. There’s also a programme of music industry-focused activities, taster studio and beatmaking sessions, juice bar, table tennis, pool and sports massage.
See our events page for upcoming shows. Our talented singers, rappers and musicians can provide a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and we welcome booking enquiries from promoters and event organisers.
In partnership with the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust we provide a weekly community choir session at St Pancras Hospital. This friendly group welcomes singers of all abilities, no audition is required, and in addition to the weekly choir meeting at the hospitals’s beautiful “The Well” space, performs regularly at community festivals and events.
During engagement we work with clients to to identify opportunities for progression to continuing training, volunteering, work experience and employment through our partnerships with community and music industry organisations, training providers and work programmes. We also offer in-house volunteer opportunities that provide work experience placements in a music setting with training and support.
Bespoke mental health awareness and music mentoring training for groups and organisations can also be provided. Please contact us for more information.