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Sylwia & Danny

We love the creative ways that people help support us at AAM, and what could be more creative than a fantastic new EP from The Silver Damn Chicks, who are donating 75% of sales to support our work?

A massive wow and thank you to The Silver Damn Chicks for supporting us. We’ve downloaded our copy of S.T.U.F.F. and it’s a brilliant listen!

We caught up with Danny & Sylwia, the founding members of The Silver Damn Chicks, who took five minutes out over a cup of (Yorkshire) tea to answer our questions about the new EP and all things Silver Damn Chick.

Hello Danny and Sylwia!

Could you introduce your band and tell us a little about everyone in the band and how you met?

D: The Silver Damn Chicks are a wonderful concoction of musicians, all prominent on the Yorkshire music scene. Aside from Sylwia and I, the lineup is constantly changing!

Where did your band name come from?

S: The band name is simply a funny take on the English pronunciation of my name - Sylwia Adamczyk. The project involves participation of many fantastic musicians, hence the use of the plural form of the word 'chick'.

If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would they be?

D: Experimental, improvised, joyful.

Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

S: Both mine and Danny's styles of songwriting are different and stem from various inspirations, experiences, skills, and musical likings. The common factor of them, however, is the lack of any rigid musical borders within our songs. We’re happy to experiment and see how the fellow musicians interpret our ideas.

You released your EP S.T.U.F.F on 1st October, how’s that been?

D: Well the original release date was a month earlier, but we were having so much fun adding in all the different parts that we thought we'd extend it.

Who has contributed to the EP?

S: A number of people! The EP came to life at the Soundstation studio in Wakefield owned by wonderful Mark Sturgess. Glenn Hustler is the man behind the artwork for the project, alongside Simon Sugden - our photographer. One of the AAM team - Tom Andrews - contributed to the EP as a guitar player.

What are your songs about? Do you feel the EP has a specific theme?

D: Although all the songs are varied, they share a theme of being jolly and easy-listening in the music, but having deeper meaning in the lyrics.

Will people be able to see you perform live after the release; do you have tour dates up now?

S: Indeed, there will be a chance to listen to us perform the songs live during our EP release party. The date however has not been confirmed yet, I suggest checking the Wide Mouth Records' Facebook page for more updates on that matter.

Finally, you are raising money for Accessible Arts & Media, who I know you used to work for, could you tell me what it was about working for them that made you want you to raise money for them?

D: Both as a volunteer and as a worker, I very much enjoyed my time with AA&M. I strongly believe in making use of the arts to connect people, and now that I'm no longer living in the area, I wanted to do what I could to support this wonderful charity.

 

To find out more about the band and to download your copy of S.T.U.F.F. go to The Silver Damn Chicks Bandcamp Page simply click the link and choose how much to pay!

 

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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We're looking into the possibility of developing more inclusive music making activities for children and young people in York and the surrounding area.

It's really important to us that our activities are designed to meet the needs of the young people we work with. We also want to make sure that they meet local needs. That's where you come in...

If you have children who are interested in music, or if you work with children and young people who are interested in music, we'd really like to know your thoughts. We've set up two short online surveys and we'd love as many people as possible to complete them so that we end up with a really clear idea of the sort of music making activities that children and young people would like to take part in.

The link for the survey for parents is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aamediamusicsurveyparents

The link for people who work with children and young people is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aamediamusicsurveyprofessionals

Please feel free to share the survey links with other people who might be interested and huge thanks in advance for your input. The consultation will close on Friday 9th October.

Car Boot

On the August 30th we will be at the Wigginton Car Boot Sale at Home Farm selling lots of lovely stuff and raising money for Accessible Arts & Media.

In order to make the event a huge success we are asking for donations, which can be brought to the Burton Stone Community Centre any time up until the 28th August.

Items we are looking for are:

  • Nearly new / smart clothes
  • Jams, curds, chutneys, and pickles
  • Cakes, buns, biscuits and any other tasty bakes
  • Plants (indoor or outdoor)

If you are able to help with any of the above please let us know by contacting us on 01904 626965 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are always looking for new fundraisers and fundraising ideas, please visit our Support Us pages for ways you can fundraise for us or email us your fundraising ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also make a donation to Accessible Arts and Media by clicking here.

Thank you, we hope you can also make it down to Wiggington to say hello and maybe pick up a few bargains while you're there!

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AbleWeb Group

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Trustees of the igen Trust, who have just awarded us a grant of £20,000, enabling us to keep on developing our groundbreaking AbleWeb programme.

The generous funding means that we can:

- deliver weekly AbleWeb sessions from September to March, creating more content for the website and supporting our participants to develop their computer and multimedia skills;

- work with local community groups and organisations to create films and radio shows;

- and develop our AbleWeb apprentice training programme and our community media workshops offer.

We can’t wait to welcome the AbleWeb team back at the start of term and to carry on developing the project over the coming year and we’re very grateful to the igen Trust for enabling us to do this.

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.

NYMAZ SEND Network Gathering

 

 

On the 6th October NYMAZ will be holding a SEND Music Network gathering in Richmond and we at Accessible Arts & Media will be there, running a workshop on Sign Supported Communication.

The event is aimed at anyone who is interested in music making with children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and promises to be an exciting afternoon of practical workshops and presentations. The programme includes sessions on Assistive Music Technology with Drake Music, best practice in SEND Music Making and fun musical activities and games aimed at engaging children and young people with SEND.

If past gatherings are anything to go by, the event will offer some really useful and inspiring ideas and practical tips and tools, as well as a great chance to chat to other people involved in similar work.

For further details please visit the NYMAZ website. We're really looking forward to seeing everyone there!