#Focus5 Project

Sound Gallery CIC is proud to be a specialist delivery partner in the  #Focus5 Project which is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. The #Focus5 project provides in-depth support to young people aged 15-18 across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area to move towards education, employment and training.

Sound Gallery’s role in the project is to provide music-making activities for young people who are ‘at risk of social exclusion’. This programme utilises music as a means of re-engaging young people with the outside world with an aim to increase confidence and employability skills and enhance their abilities to reach their full potential in life.

Activities:

– Recording studio experiences

The recording studio is an intimate, creative space designed to encourage young people to express themselves and record their musical ideas, lyrics and vocals under the guidance of our experienced studio engineer. Participants may bring their own instruments (guitars, bass etc), we also have a drum kit and keyboard available for hire as part of the session.

– Creative Music Technology sessions

We provide young people with the skills they need to create their own music using iMac computers. These sessions go beyond the nuts and bolts of software education and aim to inspire young people to create, record and produce their own music. Participants are introduced to the use of computer software (GarageBand, Logic Pro, Reason etc) with an aim to help them write, record and produce their own music. We also provide participants with the necessary information and guidance to put together their own home studio set-up. 

– Electronic music production sessions

Learn how to create contemporary electronic and dance music using modern Digital Audio Workstations, including Logic Pro, Pro-Tools, Reason and Ableton Live. Learn the process of Electronic Music Production, including programming loops and beats, sound design, and mixing and mastering, to create your own tracks. 

– Music industry advice sessions

As part of a young person’s musical journey, learning about the music industry and how to promote their music on the internet and via social media platforms can be a daunting task. Thanks to our association with Integrity Records, one of the U.K.’s longest running truly independent record labels and known for finding & nurturing cool new talent, we are now able to offer music industry advice sessions on copyright, marketing and promotion, sustaining a career in the music industry, pitching your music to the industry and more.

Method of delivery: 1:1 face to face studio based sessions or remotely via Skype/Zoom

Case study 1: Emily

Emily was referred to #Focus5 to build her confidence and to have a greater understanding of her options after school. During her time with #Focus5 Emily also attended a number of recording sessions at Sound Gallery Studios where she recorded her beautiful interpretation of Pinball Wizard by The Who. You can listen to her tack here:  Emily’s song

Case Study 2

This young man was incredibly anxious about work and meeting new people, suffered from low confidence and lacked a CV or any experience of applying for jobs. His #Focus5 mentor accompanied him on the train to visit Sound Gallery. He attended sessions where he shadowed the head engineer and had two further work experience opportunities which allowed him to develop some employability skills and find out more about the music industry. This also helped him with his self-confidence and he applied for a Post 16 college course with the Academy of Music and Sound, which was successful! “I have found #Focus5 very helpful. I don’t think I would be in the position I am now without the support of my key worker. I feel the support I have received should be made widely available to all young people.”Listen to his track here:   Building confidence to apply for a new music course

Case Study 3: Ben

Becoming a voice over actor is Ben’s dream and he got to experience this when he stepped into the recording studio. Ben enjoys comic character monologues and practising with different styles and accents. He thoroughly enjoyed recording the monologues and found working with our sound engineer to be fascinating and fun. Ben was able to recite each voice over from memory and you can hear his awesome work here:  Ben samples being a voice-over actor

Positive People programme

Sound Gallery is also working with Cosmic as part of the Positive People programme. ‘Positive People’, aims to help over 1,300 individuals (24 years +) who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50 and will provide support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology, and preparation for work including job search.

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