Music – New Project To Help Young Deaf Adults Break Into Music Scene

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New Project To Help Young Deaf Adults 
Break Into Music Scene
25 January – 12 February 2021

A fully inclusive music led project for young deaf adults has been launched in Nottingham to provide an exciting opportunity to work with music, film and performing arts professionals.

Be Scene and Heard artwork and photos for download

Be Scene and Heard is fully funded by Youth Music and offers three weeks of free workshops to young people aged 18-25 at a Nottingham venue equipped with a recording studio and state-of-the-art music equipment.

With 12 million people experiencing hearing loss across the UK – one in six of the population – the project aims to break down barriers and develop confidence by bringing together deaf and hearing young people to create, record and perform new music as well as film and perform in music videos.

Independent music promoter Will Robinson, director of the Nottingham label I’m Not From London, is behind the project.

Will Robinson, I’m Not From London, is now looking for young deaf/partially deaf and hearing young people who would like to be involved in all or some of the following:

– Songwriting
– Recording their song.
– Writing and producing a music video.
– Acting/dancing in a music video

He said: “There is a misconception that the deaf or hearing impaired can’t participate in and enjoy making music. Hearing loss can lead to withdrawal from social situations, emotional distress and depression which may be even more acute in the current pandemic. 

Young people in the deaf community have told us there’s a real need for projects like Be Scene and Heard to give them these types of creative opportunities. This is a great launch pad for anyone who wants to be part of the music scene but may currently feel excluded. We hope this will give them valuable experience and the confidence to progress on a creative pathway.”

Deaf actor/dancer Joseph Fletcher and West End musical theatre performer Molly May Gardiner – who are both BSL trained – will be lead mentors on the project, along with deaf Nottingham College student, radio presenter and singer Owen Brindley (21), from Bilborough, who was the original inspiration for the project.

West End professional Molly May Gardiner is one of the mentors. Credit Charlotte Jopling Photography

The free music workshops will take place at Nottingham city centre venue Fisher Gate Point Centre for the Arts. Credit Charlotte Jopling Photography.

Fully deaf from birth, Owen had implants aged two to enable him to hear and is passionate about music and the role it can play in building confidence. Owen has performed at several open mic nights around the city as well as auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent, where he performs sign language to accompany his vocal performances.

Owen explains: “When I go to gigs, I like to sign along to the music. I thought it would be a great idea to have a band with signers so more people like me can enjoy live music as even though I can hear it with my implants, the signing helps me access the emotion of the music better. I approached Will as I knew he promotes a lot of bands and this is how the idea for Be Scene and Heard all started.”

Workshop content will be flexible and respond to the needs of the participants with opportunities to get involved in songwriting, recording, performing and producing music videos with a team of videographers, music producers and professional musicians to help facilitate as required.

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society has welcomed the new project.

Jon Giles, Nottinghamshire Deaf Society Chief Executive said: “Despite the constraints of the pandemic it is really exciting that this project is going ahead. There are few opportunities for young deaf people to engage in the arts in an accessible way so this is a fantastic chance to have a go. We look forward to seeing the results of this project”.

The workshops will have Covid safe measures in place including the provision of PPE; clear masks; perspex screens; social distancing measures; in person and zoom mentoring and a BSL interpreter.

Be Scene and Heard takes place at Fisher Gate Point Centre for the Arts from 25 January to 12 February 2021. With a small number of places available to enable social distancing, young people who are deaf or with some hearing loss are urged to sign up to secure their place. Hearing young people passionate about music and interested in working alongside the deaf community are also welcome to apply.

To express interest and for more information, email Will Robinson at will@imnotfromlondon.com giving your name, age and contact details.

To sign up to the project, click here https://besceneandheard.typeform.com/to/EM3CriPy

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