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 in 2018, we realised that 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 in a music medium or in a creative hub 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, while giving learners the 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 witnessed rival gang members coming together in the studio, writing lyrics, rapping, mc’ing and collaborating on tracks in our music production lessons, where they have to work as a team to make the music work.

Success stories

The tutors highlighted the following 2 students as effective 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 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 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 gifted 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 from 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.”