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Music Up!

This two year project used creative music production and broadcasting to engage and inspire disadvantaged and “at risk” children and young people across Torbay.

We targeted 96 young people identified as engaging with the Youth Justice Team or at risk of offending who were based in specialist educational environments. They had an interest in music/radio and assisted in co-designing the project to tackle the issues they face. 
Participants explored and reflected on their lives using songwriting, spoken word, DJing and digital music production. They broadcast this content live online to celebrate their achievements, develop their confidence and encourage momentum during the project. Participants also developed their aspirations, employability and digital skills.

We worked alongside an adolescent mental health psychologist to explore ways of ensuring that our approach improved the young people’s resilience and mental well-being. Participants were encouraged to take progression pathways with Ocean Youth and part of the project will focus on work experience and employability for young people with an interest in the creative media industry. 

Key Aims:

  • Develop young people's creativity
  • Increase confidence in hard to reach young people who are at risk of offending
  • Raise future aspirations in hard to reach young people
  • Improve mental health of hard to reach young people



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