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Mind the Music

Mind the Music is a three year programme supporting young people with mental health issues, through creative music making.

Community Music has always been committed to supporting people from all backgrounds and life situations to be able to take part in music activities, whether learning an instrument at our Music Space Academy sessions after school and on Saturdays, or on our 2-year foundation degree in Creative Music Production and Business, run in partnership with the University of Westminster.  

Community Music has identified an increased need in mental health and wellbeing support for students on our courses. These issues can contribute to a person’s ability to access and complete courses, and so Mind The Music will address areas where we can support students further. 

Alongside a range of training in mental health awareness and support for Community Music tutors, the project will provide music workshops for young people in partnership with CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Services) in Tower Hamlets and Newham. 

To support the development of the creative sector, we are opening as much as possible of this mental health training to creative arts leaders across London and beyond. 

The first training session, on March 9th 2018 was attended by 50 music and arts leaders, and led by Jo Stockdale from the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre. Jo delivered a packed day, demystifying complex neuroscience to help us to gain a better understanding of the development of the brain from childhood through to adulthood. 

As well as organising training from MHFA England, Mind and CAMHS, we will be organising further sessions through 2018, ahead of the programme delivery launching fully in Summer 2018. 

The Mind The Music programme is funded by Children in Need and the JA Clarke Trust

For more information about the Mind The Music programme please email:

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