Raw Material’s mission is to improve the lives of young people and their economic position, their opportunities, progression and development, including mental and physical health issues.
From our base in Brixton, we provide a range of training, mentoring and professional arts projects to develop creative talent, learn music and media skills, build confidence in a working environment and find routes into employment.
One of our founding principles is to make young people the centre of our organisation. Wherever possible, those accessing our projects and programmes are encouraged to join the Raw Material team and develop their leadership skills and experience. Their views and issues inform everything from project delivery to group decision making and steering the ongoing development of the charity.
We provide the highest level of service with the best resources possible. Our mission is to create a professional, user friendly, safe and inspiring learning environment, fine-tuned to provide outcomes that make a difference to our participants and have real social, communal and economic impact.
OUR PRIORITY AREAS OF ACTIVITY
- Arts education and learning with children and young people
- Creative arts sector youth development, training and career progression
- Music in mental health and well-being in hospitals and the community
Clearly targeting specific groups in its local community, we have had a significant impact through an active programme, now for over twenty-four years. We provide a very wide range of music and other arts related services and products, especially considering out limited resources and small number of staff. Although the main focus is the Brixton and Lambeth area of inner London, we have also delivered considerable outreach both in UK and internationally.
Our programmes aim to directly address the needs of our participants and community, whilst out governance and reporting satisfy many of the organisation's obligations and responsibilities. Our organisational management and development, information, knowledge and stakeholder management, resource planning, communications, marketing and risk management underpin both the social needs and the obligations and responsibilities of the organisation.
Key to our work is in measuring impact and building a legacy to enable the organisation to show whether the programmes and related actions have effectively addressed the need, and enabled the work to inspire and influence other in the long-term.
Raw Material has a wonderful space for delivering the majority of its work. The building is well located for those in need, provides multiple spaces for a range of programme delivery, and has been well maintained.
There are three recording studios, a live room and rehearsal space, a music technology suite with fifteen workstations, film and photography resources, a range of musical instruments, drums, amplifiers and sound systems and a small performance space with stage lighting and PA system. The whole building is fully accessible.
During the year (2013) we undertook a major £300,000 refurbishment, funded by ACE Strategic capital fund, Biffa award and the Clothworkers Foundation. Following consultation with users, staff and a development plan with Southbank Architects, the whole building was re-designed, re-built in sections and re-equipped, to provide an enhanced facility, more office space for individual teams and greater flexibility of workspaces and resources, all powered by solar panels on our roof.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us.
Office Tel: 020 7737 6103
Raw Material Music & Media Education Ltd.
2 Robsart Street, London SW9 0DJ
Nearest Bus Stop (to Loughborough Road)
3, 59, 133, 159, 415
Brixton Station (Victoria Line)
Stockwell Station (Northern Line)
PROJECTS AT RAW MATERIAL
There are a number of different ways to get involved with Raw Material. If you are still at school, we offer opportunities for you to experience recording, making beats, being part of a live band and live events. Other opportunities include sharing your expertise, becoming part of our mentoring programme, volunteering and fundraising. We are also open to new directions as we work with more and more schools and young people. Either way, find out more below and get in touch!
MAKING AND PLAYING MUSIC
This programme promotes an aspirational approach to music, related arts and living day-to-day. The programme gives access to a whole range of music styles and experiences, including not just learning to play instruments, singing and performing but also developing music in a studio environment, managing the music production process and much more. It also gives young people experience at a professional level so they can see what opportunities might be available in an area they love to do, within the context of a healthy understanding of the realities of work and employment.
MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH
This programme brings music and performing arts to the community and in hospitals, enabling vulnerable people to access our services independently and have control over their lives. It is about enabling people with mental health issues to enjoy music and related arts, and significantly, it is about people gaining therapeutic benefits and mechanisms to manage their issues through music, when delivered by the Raw Material experts.
DEVELOPING ART AND ARTISTS
This programme provides access for the Raw Material beneficiaries to an artistic programme of excellence and innovation. It enables people to gain professional skills and experience quality music development and production. Where relevant, opportunities to take professional steps forward are encouraged and supported, in conjunction with partners.
UK & INTERNATIONAL TOURING AND ADVOCACY
This programme consists of a number of cooperation projects, where artistic and creative skills, expertise, resources and good practice, are shared and showcased. It enables people participating in the other programmes to be involved in music and related arts to experience tours and running of events, it enables partners to see the benefits of the Raw Material approach and methodologies, and it enables the organisation to showcase both its work and its beneficiaries. Raw Roads has delivered three UK tours- Turning Tides, Invisible and Imagine and worked in five UK cities over the last four years. Raw Roads international has delivered projects in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Senegal, Gambia, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, France, USA and there are several new projects planned.
Our national tour ‘Invisible’ visited four cities and culminated in a performance in Brixton’s POW club. Funded by ACE Strategic touring, this was the second tour undertaken by our Raw Roads touring project, bringing new work and experiences to young people across the country.
On the international stage we worked with mental health projects in Italy, from Turin and Aosta and were invited to a music festival in Chamois, in the mountains above Aosta. Participants from Raw Sounds performed over two days with their Italian colleagues, distinguished jazz musicians and music specialists, culminating in a mental health conference. We hosted rap artist Balvada from Dakar Senegal, with whom we had worked during our four visits to the annual Festa2H hip festival in Senegal, plus Tank and the Bangas, an exceptional band from New Orleans and rap artist Tony Wilson also from New Orleans, building on our own work there in 2014. During their stay they all gave master classes, worked with all our groups and performed at our live events.