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Sound it Out for community music charity projects in Birmingham
Sound it Out is a music charity that has been running in Birmingham for 15 years. They focus on delivering music related projects according to 4 strands of agenda: Wellbeing, Cohesion, Professional Development and Children & Young People. Project participants include people with disabilities as well as ex offenders.
I have volunteered with Sound it Out for 2 years, being a member of the youth advisory board where we make decisions on projects and Sound it Out itself. I am also currently a peer mentor for a new music project called ‘On Track’, which is based in Birmingham and Sandwell and serves people aged 12-18 years old and they make music, do covers using instruments or music technology and they perform at open mics every month. This project particularly focuses on youth centres, which don’t offer much in music related areas.
Sound it Out’s funding comes mainly from the Arts Council and the Big Lottery Fund however this year due to cuts Sound it Out have not received as much funding this year. Therefore they decided to put on an exhibition to raise money – it was not just an exhibition, it included “tamperines” – tambourines tampered with by celebs – being displayed in the Mailbox containing doodles by celebrities such as Kate Moss to Ricky Gervais. All together Sound it Out raised £1100.
There is a hope that there will be more music projects running in September, also they will be running the New Horizons course and possible other free courses.
If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a participant on any of the music projects then get in contact with Nicola Briggs on 0121 772 8655 or visit the website www.sounditout.co.uk. As it says on the website, community music changing lives sums up Sound it Out.