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Music for Change A Ten Year Success Story

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Usifu Jalloh at Global Bandstand 2005

Introduction Welcome message from the Chair & Chief Executive

In our tenth year, Music for Change is taking the opportunity to share and celebrate our achievements. The organisation was set up with the extraordinary vision of Tom Andrews from a tiny loft space in the centre of Canterbury. Much of our continued success is due directly to that vision and hard work. We now deliver over 2000 workshops and events a year and work with up to 200 artists. At this important time in our history we are looking forward to future development. With a new Chief Executive and a new sense of vision and direction, we hope that the next ten years and beyond will be equally successful. We look forward to sharing the future with you all. Yours truly, Mark Johnson-Brown CEO

Roger Clayton Chair

Our Mission

In order to achieve beneficial change, Music for Change promotes awareness, understanding and respect for cultural diversity through music and the arts. Tom Andrews Founder

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Mark Johnson-Brown CEO


Landing Mané at Whitstable Oyster Festival 2006

‘a decade of delivery’

“The performances were magical. A unique experience we would not have otherwise” Danecourt Special School, Kent

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Notes from Underground in Kings Wood 2007

Music for Change celebrates its 10th anniversary Music for Change was founded in 1997 as an educational charity to promote awareness, understanding and respect for cultural diversity through music and the performing arts. Over the last ten years Music for Change has built a unique and innovative practice through creative thinking and action; with artists, educators and development specialists as our partners. We continue to believe not only in the intrinsic value of music and the arts, but how these can play a vital role in breaking down barriers between people and cultures. Our role is to encourage people to celebrate cultural commonality and diversity whilst challenging preconceptions and prejudice. We work with skilled and experienced artists from around the world to deliver dynamic and exciting events, workshops, projects, residencies and creative cultural encounters. Our artists work in schools, community centres, festivals, venues, colleges, detention centres, churches……. in fact just about anywhere!

In its ten years, Music for Change has touched the lives of over 670,000 people – children, young people and adults alike.

“I wish it could be tomorrow and I would come back , because music, to me, is life!” Detainee - Dover Immigration and Removal Centre

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Seckou Keita in per formance

‘touched the lives of over 670,000 people’

“Comments have been ‘wonderful’, ‘fantastic’, ‘the best storyteller we have ever had’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ Thanks” Head Teacher Halstow Primary School

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Kick and Drum anti-racism project 1999-2000

“Absolutely fantastic - the children cried as Carol and Celia left - and so did we!” Ashford Park Primary School, Surrey

Statistics Quantity

Over ten years we have worked with 673,000 people across our workshops and events. In 2006 we organised 1827 workshops and events ............ in 1997 we organised 53 In 2006 our annual turnover was £445,000 ......................... in 1997 it was £9,500 In 2006 we worked with over 130 artists ............................ in 1997 it was 7

Quality

We evaluate all of our work, disseminate and learn from our experiences, and listen to feedback from participants and our partners. Through formal feedback we consistently achieve top marks for quality, impact, creativity and value, for artist facilitation and Music for Change service.

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Sujata Banerjee

‘quality, impact, creativity and value’

“It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces” Downs View Special School, Brighton

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The work we do

Our Mission & Approach

Music for Change is an organisation based on the passionate belief that we can foster beneficial change through our work. We strive to educate through engagement, creativity and cultural encounters whilst promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity and fostering intercultural understanding through positive action.

Our Education & Community Work

We place artists in educational and community environments through workshops, residencies and performances, engaging with people of all ages. The Music for Change family of artists represent a wide range of cultures and art forms. We work in partnership to deliver our goals. Our aims are simple - to engage, celebrate, educate, inform, challenge and enhance lives through fun and participative experiences.

Our Projects & Live Events

We devise, produce and deliver bespoke projects which are issue based and targeted using the arts as a development vehicle. To date we have worked on issues including racism, immigration, social exclusion, environment, healthy living, literacy, gun crime and … the list is endless. We produce celebratory events such as festivals and artists’ showcases, as well as events for partners and clients, and we co produce tours by international artists. We also provide training and development for artists.

Training & Artist Development

Our future success is dependant on the quality of artists and our support and commitment to their development is vital. We undertake constant training and Continual Professional Development activities for our artists and provide opportunities for new artists to train with us.

Key Projects Past and Present

MeiMei

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Kick and Drum ............................ Football and anti-racism with Charlton Athletic FC Carnival Sound ............................ Community carnival-based arts and procession Reel Lives ..................................... Sierra Leone and Kolkata resource DVD’s Club Caramba ............................. A Saturday music event for families Safe and Sound ........................... Workshops for and about refugees and asylum seekers Sound Subjects ........................... A creative KS2 curriculum World Wide Words ...................... Boys’ literacy work Tablas, Tala and Trees ............... Indian dance and stories Global Weekend .......................... Canterbury World Music Festival Building Friendships .................. Refugee and Community Integration Global Bandstand ....................... World Music Festival Rhythmix ...................................... Regional music services Festival for Schools .................... Subsidised workshops in schools Refugee Week ............................. Celebrating contributions of refugees and migrants Calypso Clean Up ....................... Environmental song writing Eat to the Beat............................. Healthy living awareness-raising Futurebuilders ............................. Investment in Skills World Music Matters.................. DfID’s ‘Millennium Development Goals’ training for artists Sing Up Kent ................................ Youth Music and DCMS Cricket Roots............................... Canterbury BME Sporting Heritage Musical Migrations..................... Research of BME figures in Kent Notes from Underground .......... Music and Sculpture making with Stour Valley Arts Ties and Lives .............................. Slave trade research in Kent archive collections


George Fiawoo at St Peter’s C of E Primar y School, Tonbridge Wells, Kent

‘fostering beneficial change through our work’ “Every school should work with Music for Change!” Parent Governor, Parlaunt Park Primary School

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Lucky Moyo at Global Weekend 2005

The Music for Change Artists Music for Change has a close family of a dozen or so artists, and an extended family of over 150 artists. The artists who work with Music for Change are the lifeblood of the organisation. Without their skills and inspiration we would achieve very little. Their commitment, energy and focus is exceptional and a constant factor in our development and growth.

Where from?

The Music for Change artists originate from many countries including Senegal, Zimbabwe, India, China, Ghana, Jamaica and the Caribbean, South Africa, Britain, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sierra Leone…… this will soon include Israel, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Brazil and beyond.

Which Artforms?

West African (djembe) drumming and Afro Cuban percussion, Indian Kathak dance, Chinese classical and folk dance, Southern African gum boot dancing, West African dance, movement, storytelling, A Capella, singing, Township Choirs, song writing, acrobatics and circus skills.

The Issues and Topics

Our work is often issue based or has specific aims, including cross cultural awareness, respect, community cohesion, human rights, children’s rights, violence and gun crime, immigration, citizenship, millennium development goals, the environment, interdependence, arts in education, artist development, creative economy, self expression, arts based training, special needs and special education, audience development, teambuilding and management training.

The artists we have built the closest working relationships with so far are:

Alex D.Great Black Voices Emmanuel Okine George Fiawoo H. Patten Jorge Santo Kenny Mangena Lucky Moyo 10

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MeiMei Nicky Reid Seckou Keita Sujata Banerjee Surya Turner Téa Hodzic Usifu Jalloh Winston Nzinga


George Fiawoo

Winston Nzinga

Usifu Jalloh

‘inspirational artists from around the world’

Alex D.Great

Black Voices

Lucky Moyo

Emmanuel Okine

MeiMei

Tèa Hodzic

Sur ya Turner Jorge Santo

Sujata Banerjee

Seckou Keita

Nicky Reid

Kenny Mangena

H. Patten

“enthusiasm, excitement, energy and education generated was inspirational” All Saints C.E. Primary School, Staffordshire

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Music for Change staff on the London Eye 2007

The Music for Change team.. ..and the future

The Team

Music for Change has a team of committed, passionate, skilled and hard working people who keep the wheels in motion. Our success is largely attributable to their sheer hard work and dedication. We have a permanent team of ten full and part time staff, and a loyal board of trustees who maintain the direction of the organisation. Music for Change has also benefited enormously from many volunteers and interns over the last ten years.

The Future

We wish to expand and broaden our work. We aim to increase our knowledge, understanding and expertise, and to enhance our position as a specialist organisation in the arts, cultural and education sectors. We aim to extend the geographical impact of our work across the UK and internationally, and to expand and support the skill base and number of artists who work with us.

“You have clearly got something special going” Clem Boden, Woodford County High School

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We aim to reach more people and extend the benefits. There will be more artists delivering higher quality and more creative work. Music for Change will have a higher profile and enhanced reputation. We will build strategic partnerships to aid our development and to increase the financial support for our work. We will innovate and lead the way in our field through continued investment in training, creativity and development of our team.


Notes from Underground Project 2007

‘we aim to extend the impact of our work’

“...two superb workshops, I had not anticipated how wonderful it would be” Head teacher Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Weston-Super-Mare

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Tengir Too, Kyrgyzstan

Role Call Music for Change would not have succeeded without its staff and board members. Thank you to the following..

Music for Change would like to sincerely thank the following organisations for their support over the last ten years

Team Members

Arts Council England / BASA (Kent) / Canterbury Arts Council / Canterbury Cathedral Archives / Canterbury Christ Church University / Canterbury City Council / Canterbury Fair Trade Association / Canterbury Festival / Canterbury Museum / Canterbury People’s Festival / Charlton Athletic Race Equality / Christian Aid / Cinema 3 and the Gulbenkian Theatre / City of London Festival / Creative Partnerships / Curious Research and Films / CVO / DCMS / Development Education Association / DfID / Dover IRC / Dylan Theodore / Emergency Exit Arts / Enfield Arts Support Service / Esmée Fairburn Trust / European Social Fund / Festival for Schools and Mid Kent Water / Folkestone Multi Cultural Festival / Future Builders / Helen Garforth from Just Ideas / Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund / Heritage Lottery Fund / IOTA / Kent and the Wider World /Kent Children’s Fund / Kent County Council / Kent County Cricket Club / Kent Music / Kent People’s Trust / Kent Spitfires Study Centre / KERAN / KRMSG / Local Heritage Initiative / Lord Mayor of London / Make it Real / Marlowe Theatre / Medway Council / Migrant Helpline / Millennium Awards / Museum of London / Music in Detention / National Lottery / National Maritime Museum / Orange Street Music Club / Peter de Haan Charitable Trust / Pfizers / Philharmonia Orchestra / Pie Factory Music / Poplar Partnership / Rhythmix / Roots Roundabout / Royal Liverpool Philamonic / Rural Revival / Screen Station / SouthEast Music Schemes / St Peter’s Methodist Church / Stour Valley Arts / The Baring Foundation / The Joanies Trust / The Princes Youth Business Trust / Tonbridge and Malling, Canterbury and Swale Clusters / Tunbridge Wells City Council / Urban Cultural Programme / Vayu Naidu / WEDG / Whitstable Oyster Festival / WOMAD / World Music Network / Youth Music.

CEO ....................................................Mark Johnson-Brown Community Projects Manager .......Douglas Noble Education Programme Manager ...Katy Diamond Community and Events Officer ......Nadine Wood Education Team Administrator ......Abi Carney Artist & Outreach Officer ................ Lucky Moyo Education Project Officer ............... Donna Murphy Hon. Treasurer ................................. Graham Wheater Web and Print Designer ..................Sara Berbank Education Team Assistant ..............Sarah Hale

Past Team Members Tom Andrews Alex Krutnik Robert Potter Katherine Rogers Jenni Moore

Kerry Kalokoh Jo Treharne Sara Seymour Neville Dack

Volunteers and Interns Global Bandstand volunteers Adam Harris Ai Kihara Andy Renshaw Elizabeth Andrews Jan Loveless Jon Merriman

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Board Members Roger Clayton ....Chair Dee Ashwoth Helen MacGregor Mike Nee

Past Board Members John Andrews Phil Stanton Sandra Stanton Kevin McCullough

Leasa Merrill Elizabeth Andrews Pauline Kimani Richard Prosser Ross Blackman Steve Mathews Sue Parnell

Mark Ellingham Martin Dunford Lucy Stubbs Chris Tate

Photo Credits Matthew Andrews D P Photography Julie Larner Lucy Medhurst Douglas Noble

Simon Richardson Katy Saqui Hilary Shedel Laura Thomas Nadine Wood


Audience at Canterbur y Cathedral, Global Weekend 2005

‘a massive thank you’

“I know I am going back there... But here now it is like I am free.” Detainee - Dover Immigration and Removal Centre

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