We are proud to be partnered with the Northamptonshire CIRV team (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence) working within the community to bring a first-of-its kind academic embedded music program tackling Knife Crime, Gangs and Violence on our streets by giving our next generation a choice of alternative pathways, better choices and thought processes.
After a chance meeting with Inspector Daryl Lyons at The Platform venue back in 2018, we realised by working with like minded people we can make a difference and substantial change in the community.
The CIRV program gives learners a way out by offering jobs and opportunities into the Night Time Industries with our preferred partners NTIA (Night Time Industries Association) with our bespoke course written to find the strengths and weaknesses of each individual whether it be in a music medium or giving people a focus to join like minded learners in a creative hub which is full of industry professionals and tutors with a wealth of knowledge, happy to guide individuals to follow their dreams.
We have already experienced the way Music and Education can enrich a young mind whilst giving the learners a chance to build themselves as better characters and make better choices.
By integrating our learners and asking them to leave all preconceptions at the door, we have seen rival gang members coming together in the studio, writing lyrics, rapping, mcing and collaborating on tracks in our music production lessons, where they have to work as a team to make the music work.
The following 2 students were highlighted by the tutors as especially successful in their progress through the traineeship:
“X joined us on our last cohort, which was the first CIRV programme. Shy yet smart, it was clear that he had a wealth of talent to unleash and over the 12 weeks he has produced some amazing music. He has released tracks on multiple platforms and currently has 14k plays on his “so fine” track. X excelled on his traineeship and is now on the BBO “Building Better Opportunities” programme where he is working hard to get closer to his dreams of becoming a prolific artist and a potential LLSOM tutor.”
“X joined us on our first CIRV cohort at the school, he was quiet, barely visible under his hood and would always have his headphones on blocking out the world. After passing his 12-week course and his functional skills English exams, X is now becoming a very talented lyric writer and mentor. His love for writing was introduced through the trials and tribulations he has faced throughout his life and he is turning these into a passion. We cannot stop him writing, the hood is down and the headphones are never in. He plans to be a talented writer in the future and wants to help others like we have helped him.”