Hospitals

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.

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Community

12-Week Music Industry Recovery Programme (funding required) *

5-Week Studio Discovery Programme (free-of-charge) *

5-Week Studio Connect Online Programme (free-of-charge) *

* Subject to referral and assessment, Terms & Conditions apply

Studio Sessions & Artist Development Our recovery programmes offer studio sessions and artist development with music industry mentors for musicians, composers, song writers, lyricists, producers, vocalists and MC’s with mental health experience.

Music Industry Mentors & Professional Facilities The structured programme starts with 1:1 creative collaborative studio sessions. Songwriting, beat-making, production and recording in professionally-equipped studios.

Finished Product & Progression From studio sessions to artist development including live performance, a&r feedback, industry advice, biog, artwork, photos, social media, option to release on in house label. Certificate on completion with signposting to professional development opportunities.

Programme Philosophy 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.

Programme Overview (12-week programme):

  • 12 WEEKS, 5 HOURS PER WEEK
    Weeks 1 – 9
    Weekly 1-hour 1:1 studio session
    Weekly 2-hour music industry group session (currently online due to COVID-19)
    Weekly 2 hours of self-directed project work
    Weeks 10 – 12
    Weekly 1-hour 1:1 artist development session
    Weekly 2-hour music industry group session (currently online due to COVID-19)
    Weekly 2 hours of self-directed project work
    Plus commitment to attend monthly open mic event

What’s Included:

  • Pre-start taster session and assessment
    Professionally produced mixes of tracks
    Develop artist identity and finished release
    Industry mentors, professional advice, masterclasses
    Monthly open mic events, concerts & festivals
    Option to release on in-house label (inc. mastering, licensing and distribution)
    Progression to continuing education, training, volunteering or employment opportunities

For our 5-week Studio Discovery and online Studio Connect programmes: wks 1-3 = studio sessions / wks 4-5 = artist development sessions

Added Value:

  • Plus
    Music industry mentors trained in mental health awareness
    SMS text reminders for every session
    In-house volunteer programme, concerts and social events
    Help with accessing support for mental health and wellbeing

Locations

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are providing 1:1 studio and artist development sessions “in-person” at our North London (Old Street, EC1) and South London (Brixton, SW9) locations and Key Changes Sussex studio in Hastings. Our weekly group Music Industry Awareness session and open mic is currently online. We also offer our 5-week online Studio Connect programme subject to the usual referral and assessment pathway.

Eligibility and Fees

To access the 12-week Music Industry Recovery Programme the following criteria and fees apply:

  • Referred by mental health services, eligible under Care Act for social care funding via S117 / personal budget / direct payment: £65 p/w

In 2020-21 we are able to offer a limited number of free-of-charge places on our 5-week Studio Discovery and Studio Connect programmes funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation for people who are not eligible for social care or other support

Terms and Conditions apply.  Places and funding confirmed after initial taster session and assessment.

Click here to make a referral or for more information.

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Performance

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.

Health & Social Drop In Open Mic

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.

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Progression

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.

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