Access to SiMPTI –

Access to Standards in Music Production Technology and Industry

Access to SiMPTI is a programme is designed to provide music-making activities for young people aged 14-25 who are considered to be ‘at risk of social exclusion’ with an aim to engage and inspire them, increase their social skills, develop technical skills and increase employability and well-being within a safe working environment, at Sound Gallery Studios.

Access to SiMPTI is suitable for:

Young people from Pupil Referral Units, NEET (not in education, employment or training), with special learning needs and physical disabilities or mental health, behavioural and emotional issues, in care or young carers, living in rural areas and are at risk of being rurally and socially isolated, excluded from school or living in poverty.


– to Increase young people’s confidence, resilience and self-esteem

– to enable young people to learn transferable skills in a safe environment

– to teach IT skills and other transferable skills using cutting edge music technology

– to provide positive, ‘character building’ experiences in the workplace

– to immerse individuals into real life experiences and enrich their lives

– to increase knowledge about different career paths in the music industry

– to increase professional networks and knowledge about social media

– to engage young people with positive role models and motivated professionals

Access to SiMPTI aims to engage and inspire young people by opening doors into the real world so that they can experience and experiment with innovative music technology, create their own music, increase their confidence and technical skills and increase their employability. There is also an option for volunteering within this programme.


St Peters Church of England Aided School is working in partnership with Sound Gallery CIC in delivering the Access to SiMPTI programme as part of the Soundwaves Breakthrough project run by DAISI (in association with Youth Music) and the Exeter Board Community Fund. Two students from St Peter’s are accessing the provision and the individual programme of support has had a significant impact on their confidence as learners (Ian Duffelen, Head of Student Support, 13/11/2013)

King Edward Community College is working in partnership with Sound Gallery CIC in delivering the Access to SiMPTI programme as part of the Soundwaves Breakthrough project run by DAISI (in association with Youth Music) and the Exeter Board Community Fund. Both the enthusiasm and support that we have encoutered whilst linking in with Sound Gallery have been second to none. We would have no hesitation in recommending Sound Gallery and are looking forward to developing future projects with them. (Nicola Ambrose, Student Support, 11/12/2013)

‘I really enjoyed it and felt very lucky to be have given the opportunity, the more I record the more confident I get and I think I have improved since my first recording last year. Duncan was really nice, I think he understands my music and what I want to do. I think the more I record it will improve things like my timing and rhythm. Basically I really love the recording sessions and am very pleased that I had the chance to do more recording so thank you very much!’ K.O.

For me as his mum to see his eyes light up and him smile when he talks about the work he has done with sound gallery is very precious as a great deal of time I see my son really struggle just to cope with every day life. So a massive thanks you for the support you have given him and I hope so much we can continue with this provision. I truly feel that the Sound Gallery sessions have helped prevent Tom being re-admitted to hospital’. (young participants parent)‘Creatively, I feel more in control of what to do when recording’ D.P.

‘Thank you for the skills and experience you have given me. I honestly had a great time with the team’ L.C.

‘I have learned a lot about editing music and recording my lyrics. I have been using sounds that are unique and different so it’s making the music more unique to just standard hip hop.’ TB

‘I have gained confidence with recording vocals and using music software and hopefully I can apply these skills at home.’ MP

‘Musically the group have no real experience in instrumentation but have had singing and song writing experience through sessions at CEDA. They have only done small recording sessions, but never in a real recording studio environment. Socially they all interact well as a group, but this opportunity allowed some of them to lead upon this and allocate roles and sing in small groups as well.The motivation for the whole of the project was the responsibility that they developed themselves and to take on the whole aspects of it including promotion, marketing, song-writing and to overall raise money for them as a group to go on trips or to attend gigs.’ Mike Cook, CEDA music co-ordinator

‘Due to the stigma attached with mental illness and psychosis makes it difficult to get together groups of young people, therefore assisting people as individuals to access mainstream community resources is what they try to aim for. Caroline Oakford, Clinical leader, STEP team, Exeter

‘Thank you for offering this to Dan, he is really looking forward to it, and can only enhance his studies at the Academy of Music and Sound.’ (young participant’s carer)

Access to SiMPTI has been supported by Daisi (in association with Youth Music), the Exeter Board Community Fund, The Hele’s Education Trust, The Gibbons Family Trust, The Devon Community Foundation and The Wace Family Trust

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