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NOISE SOLUTION - Improving life chances through Dubstep? Prove it!

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Noise Solution is a 6 year old Social Enterprise that eschews grant funding and operates on 100% earned income – it’s sustainable. To do that we need to be able to prove to our customers (statutory organisations like mental health or social services) that our arts interventions deliver value to them. We need to be able to communicate success in a language that those organisations understand. I’ll be discussing what lessons were drawn from 15 years working in the front line of youth work, how we took those lessons to develop an innovative model that brings together music technology and social media to engage and progress those that those agencies struggle to engage with and most importantly how we collate the impacts of that work and present those successes (and failures) to our ‘customers’.

Simon Glenister founded Noise Solution in 2009 to use music technology to create social impact. The social enterprise arose as a fusion of Simon’s own experiences working as a professional musician and also working with excluded young people. Simon identified that for the young people he was working with music could be used, particularly music technology, to very rapidly create something tangible, positive and credible. This experience helps to build self-confidence – the fundamental building block for improving lives. Noise Solution was established to develop this methodology of working with excluded people including people with mental health problems, drug addictions and offending behaviour. Noise Solution has a number of highly skilled tutors led by Simon, who also continues to perform internationally as a professional musician with the band Tunng.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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