Sound Music provides early interventions, develops vital skills, self-confidence, and routes into the music industry.
The Sound Vision team have always had an affinity with music. Three years on, even with an expanded team, we are still struck by its power to bring people together. In 2020, it seemed only natural to build on the success of our audio production training by adding a strand for music production. An opportunity arose to build on the impressive work of Clive Gordon with his uncanny ability to engage and encourage young musicians in Bath. We developed a partnership with Youth Connect South West which could host the studio at the Southside Community and Youth Hub in Bath.
Sound Music would provide early interventions for vulnerable young people engaging them in something they care about to inspire genuine engagement. Street to Studio nurtures trainees' creativity and opens the door to a more positive future. Trainees work with industry professionals to develop music and production skills. In addition to the powerful personal impacts, Street to Studio benefits the community by reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and substance abuse.
In 2023, we built on this momentum with a brand-new Sound Music programme; Studio to Stage. This equips aspiring event managers, technicians, producers and performers with the skills, confidence and experience essential for a career in the music industry.
Sound Music is for young people aged 14-25 with a passion for music, who may be in one or more of the following categories:
Education Health Care Plan
Young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs and thus on an EHC plan.
Not in Education, Employment or Training
Those disengaged from education or vulnerable to exclusion, particularly 16-18 year olds without a progression plan.
ASD, learning disabilities, mental health challenges
Those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities or mental health challenges such as anxiety, low mood or depression.
Drug/alcohol misuse or addiction
Young people who are vulnerable to, or in recovery from, substance/alcohol misuse or addiction.
At risk of anti-social or offending behaviour
Young people that are vulnerable to making negative lifestyle choices and are at risk of getting a criminal record.
For the last two years, we have supported Youth Connect South West to deliver Street to Studio. It aims to transform trainees' passion for music into a brighter future by encouraging their creativity and building valuable and transferrable skills.
Street to Studio also provides a much-needed boost to self-confidence and can be a critical turning point in trainees' mental health and wellbeing. In addition to the powerful personal impacts of this work, our projects strengthen the community by reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and substance abuse.
Street to Studio really built my confidence and allowed me to express myself. I am now ready to take and own new opportunities. I dream of becoming a singer.
Evie, Sound Music, Street to Studio
In 2023, Sound Music launched Studio to Stage to furnish aspiring event managers, technicians, producers and performers with the skills, confidence and experience essential for their future careers. We work closely with industry professionals to develop new pathways for young people into the industry. The aim is to help increase their opportunities by honing their skills, as well as to improve resilience and social mobility in the music industry.
Studio to Stage includes workshops in an inclusive and judgement-free environment. It incorporates music production, event management, contract negotiation and build-up to safe performance opportunities. Studio to Stage seeks to help those seeking a career in the music industry find the right path by exposing them to different roles in the lead-up to a public performance.