We are proud to announce that all our youth programmes have been shortlisted for the Innovation Award at the national Youth Music Awards!

Congratulations also go to our inspiring music facilitator Adz, who is shortlisted for the Young Leader Award.

Photo credit: Aisha Seriki

Our programmes with young people, including Harmonise, Syria Summer Camp and Everyday People LDN have been recognised by the nomination for pushing the boundaries for inclusivity in music education. Our programmes connect refugees, asylum-seekers and Roma with young people and professional musicians.  Participants are given a voice in their own language, in a safe and inclusive environment to explore creativity through collaborating with others. The process is led by participants, and supported by facilitators who have been through similar experiences.

We want everyone to have access to music, as it’s so important for wellbeing and recovery from trauma, as well as creating empathy for refugees and asylum-seekers among young people. We are honoured to be nominated for the Innovation Award.

We are so pleased that Adz will also be recognised for his incredible work with young people. Adz is a young beatboxer from Damascus, Syria, who had to flee the war in his country aged 14, he joined us as a performer and participant with Everyday People, our group for young refugees and asylum-seekers. When he came to the UK, he spoke no English, and hated school as no-one understood him.

He found that beat-boxing was a way to make himself feel better and to connect with other people in a positive way. His performances and compositions are stunning and we are so proud to see him getting recognition for his amazing contribution to young people’s lives.

A huge thank you to all our facilitators, staff, supporters and young people who made this possible.

Wish us luck and stay up to date with the final results by signing up to our newsletter! The music awards will be judged by a panel of music industry figures including AJ Tracey, Rag n Bone Man, Julie Adenuga and more!

“When you work together with love
you can achieve anything.”

Amir, Survivor

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