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I'm Inclusive Too

We’re delighted to be joining forces once again with our friends at NYMAZ to deliver a one-day conference exploring music and social justice. On Saturday 27th February we’ll be welcoming delegates to the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York for a day of presentations, case studies, workshops and performances looking at how music can be used to help give young people a voice.

With speakers including Lee Higgins from the International Centre for Community Music and presentations from organisations including Music in Detention, Sound Connections and More Music, the morning’s CPD sessions promise to give a really interesting insight into current best practice in community music making.

Adult delegates will be joined in the afternoon by young people from inclusive music projects across the region, who’ll be leading workshops and taking part in the final showcase performance. Our own IMPs apprentices will be showcasing their skills, leading workshops in singing and signing and accessible music making. Delegates will also get together in the afternoon to pen an original protest song with folk musician Chris McShane.

Anyone who attended our I’m Inclusive conference in 2014 will know that this promises to be a day packed full of inspiration, lively discussion and passionate, uplifting performances. You can see a video with highlights from the 2014 event here.

Tickets are £20/£15 for NYMAZ Network members plus limited free places for students. To book, please visit: iminclusive2016.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

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As part of the build up to our I'm Inclusive Too conference, exploring Music and Social Justice, we're inviting young people to release their inner activist and write their own original protest songs.

The call is open to all schools, youth groups and individuals and the songs can be about any current social issues that the young people are concerned about. This could be raising awareness of a local or wider national/international issue, giving a voice to those who are marginalised or trying to change something that is seen to be unfair.

Songs can be in any genre or style, and for any instrumentation. Songs can be of any length and should be the original work of your group rather than covers or writing new lyrics to existing songs. We ask that songs don't contain any expletives or abusive/derogatory content.

We'll be putting together a compilation of all of the songs submitted and this will be given to all delegates at I'm Inclusive Too and will also be made available online (you'll need to give us consent to share your songs freely in this way).

The deadline for submitting your original song is Monday 1 February. For more details and information on how to submit your song, please visit the NYMAZ website.

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

Sam

 

If, like us, you’re a big fan of Hands & Voices then you won’t want to miss what’s guaranteed to be the Christmas hit for 2015!

We’ve released a special video performance of their favourite festive song 'I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas' as our Christmas fundraiser, to help raise vital funds for AAM.

You can watch the video here and if Hands & Voices help put a smile on your face today, please consider making a small donation so that we can keep delivering our life-changing inclusive projects:

Text AAMY15 £3 to 70070 to donate £3

Text AAMY15 £4 to 70070 to donate £4

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We’d also be really, really grateful if you could share the video with friends and family via email and social media, to help Hands & Voices raise as much money as possible this Christmas.

For other ways to donate, and to find out more about our work and the brilliant people we work with, please visit our website.

Thank you & we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Sam

This month we got to catch up with Sam, one of our brilliant volunteers at AAM. We wanted to find out what he enjoys about working with us and what he gets out of being a volunteer.

How long have you been a volunteer with AAM?

I have been a volunteer at AAM for over a year and a half.

How did you hear about AAM and what made you want to be a volunteer?

I became aware of AAM after enquiring in York about possibilities regarding working with an arts based charity or organisation. I am studying for my Masters in Fine Arts at York St John University and was eager to do some arts based work with people in the community to run parallel with this and gain some experience.

What do you do as a volunteer?

During my first 12 months I worked along side Heather Dawe on the ‘Occasional Painters’ sessions as an artists assistant/technician. Since then I have moved up to the office to try and learn the ropes there and gain a better understanding of how the organisation is run and how it works as a whole.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with AAM and what would you say to anyone considering volunteering with us?

I enjoy many aspects of working at AAM. The people are friendly, supportive and easy to work with. The atmosphere is a family one. It is obvious daily how genuine their care is towards all of the participants and how committed they are to the many sessions and events they provide. Working somewhere that isn’t simply a ‘means to an end’ played a huge part in my motivation to volunteer at AAM initially. After a while the all-inclusive nature of what is provided at the Burton Stone Community Centre proves to be both infectious and inspirational. I would encourage anyone considering volunteering to get involved and throw themselves into it. It is very rewarding to feel that you are actually making a difference to people’s lives.

Tell us one random fact about yourself!

When I was studying for my degree, also in Fine Art, in Norwich I was a the guitarist in a rock band called Sneaking Fog. It started off as a bit of a laugh, playing at the University and at various venues in the area. By our third year we were lucky enough to get some high profile support slots with the likes of eighties rock band The Quireboys and also with The Darkness. I have little money to show for it but they were great times!

We are always looking for volunteers at AAM to help us deliver our life-changing projects. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or would just like to find out more, please visit our website for details.

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

IMPs Woldgate 2015

On Monday night our amazing IMPs from East Riding and York took part in their end of term performance at Woldgate College in Pocklington. Joining them for a night of music making were the brilliant Forgotten Voices Community Choir from Pocklington. This year the IMPs’ chosen themes were places, colour and travel (cue some all time favourite songs, including Sweet Home Alabama and Yellow Submarine!). The show featured performances from both our Singing & Signing groups and Accessible Music Making groups. The two York groups collaborated on a few numbers to bring us their unique take on their chosen themes for the term and the East Riding Accessible Music Making group showed a film of their interpretation of Donovan’s song Colours.

The night was brought to a brilliant crescendo when the IMPs were joined on stage by Forgotten Voices for the grand finale. Packed with festive favourites, the singing and signing songs in the finale were taught to Forgotten Voices by our very own ER IMPs apprentices Natalie and John at a recent workshop. And of course, the audience got the chance to join in too, with everyone learning the signs to White Christmas.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in and supported our performance this year and a special thank you to Browns the Greengrocers and The Pavement Deli in Pocklington for donating some brilliant raffle prizes. We couldn’t be prouder, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what our IMPs get up to next term. To see more pictures from the night, please visit our Facebook page.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.