Access to SiMPTI

Access to standards in music production technology & industry

Access to SiMPTI is a programme designed to provide music-making and training activities for people who are ‘at risk of social exclusion’ with an aim to engage and inspire them, increase their personal, social and technical skills, and improve their employability and well-being within a safe working environment,


Young adults aged 16-25 years with an interest and some previous experience in music who are in one (or more) of the following groups:

  • People who are not in education, employment or training
  • People with mild mental or emotional issues (autism, PDHD, Aspergers or those who are experiencing post-COVID trauma.)
  • People living in poverty or experiencing homelessness
  • People living in rural areas and are at risk of being isolated

Booking details

Cost: £55 per hr – min booking. 

£40 per hr x 2hrs session

£35 for 5 blocks of 2hr sessions booked in advance.

Suggested number of hours per topic: 10

Method of delivery: 1:1 sessions or small groups of 3-4 participants

Sessions can be arranged on weekdays and weekends. 1 hr min booking

Location: Sound Gallery Studios

Tutor: Duncan Chave


Recording studio experience

Participants record their musical ideas, lyrics and vocals under the guidance of our experienced studio engineer, using professional recording studio equipment, software and musical instruments.

Music production sessions

We provide young people with the skills they need to create and produce their own music using Computer/tablet technology.

Make a Music Video

Participants have the chance to create a music video to accompany the original material they have recorded,


Pink is a young person who due to a number of issues including the impact of Covid 19 had stopped going out and was spending most of their time on their own in their room. Pink started writing songs using a ukulele and was given a guitar last Christmas which they taught themself to play

Becoming a voice over actor is Ben’s dream and he got to experience this when he stepped into the recording studio at the Sound Gallery in Exeter.

Emily was referred to Sound Gallery after her mum wanted to help her build her confidence and to have a greater understanding of her options after school.


to increase confidence, resilience and self-esteem and to improve mental health

to enhance cognitive and interpersonal skills to help participants thrive in life.

to provide recording studio experiences and other creative and training opportunities including songwriting sessions and music production sessions using cutting-edge music technology software

to teach transferable skills in a safe environment, including IT skills, language skills and CV writing

to increase knowledge about career paths and how to sustain a career in the music industry

to enhance knowledge about social media and music platforms to help participants create a profile as a musician or producer in the music industry.

to increase professional networks and knowledge about the music industry and the world of work

to engage participants with positive role models and music industry professionals

to enable participants to create showreels of their work which can be used when applying for a course, further training or employment as part of their CV.


“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 supported by 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

“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 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, King Edward Community College 

“I have worked as a registered mental health nurse in the NHS for 22 years. In this time I have seen NHS and social care services reduce significantly for people, and am aware first hand of the impact that social enterprises can have for vulnerable people in bridging this gap. Sound Gallery have worked with my son and many other people to help them to find purpose in their life, to nurture a sense of achievement, and confidence and reduce social isolation. I will always be grateful for Sound Gallery for providing resources that main stream statutory services could not. I advocate both personally and professionally for the amazing difference that this organisation is making to the lives of so many young people. Thank you for all you do” – K. S. Psychosocial Lead for Day Programme/RMN 

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!’ Kiera – singer-songwriter

‘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 in Exeter.’ (young participant’s carer)

‘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 my son being re-admitted to hospital’. (young participants parent)

Access to SiMPTI project has been supported by CSW Group (Building Better Opportunities programme) Daisi, the Exeter Board Community Fund, The Hele’s Education Trust, The Gibbons Family Trust, Devon Community Foundation & The Wace Family Trust

Sound Gallery Studios are run by not for-profit organisation social enterprise Sound Gallery CIC. Our profits are invested in running bespoke music enrichment programmes which enable young people to  access the creative, technical and interpersonal skills they need to thrive in life.

To make a donation towards our youth projects please contact us directly: [email protected]