The space, facilities and environment that Raw Sounds provides is an unrivaled outlet for both adults and young people. With multiple rooms and professional equipment, it allows those of all musical levels and experience to grow and flourish, both musically and socially, which is paramount to its ethos. The thing that stands out the most, would be the knowledge and patience of the tutors and volunteers who teach various instruments in small groups lessons or direct the lager live music sessions, with a high degree of productivity, positive attitude, and shared inclusion. For me, music is something I've always done, but far beyond just a passionate hobby. Raw Sounds has allowed me to rehearse, whether in a group or alone, feeding my necessity to keep my skill level up as well as improve. But for those who attend, who music may not have had as much of a professional performing or recording capacity within their background, I find real enjoyment in working with and sharing my attributes and knowledge with. Music brings people together, as everybody including the tutors, can continuously learn from each other. There is a respectful sense that nobody is the Master. And Raw have implemented a system in which equality definitely shines through. The positive lasting effect can be blatantly seen and heard, and I myself have lost count the number of times I've heard various clients state that they weren't in a great place mentally earlier on in a particular day, and considered not attending Raw, only for them to say state aloud at the end of a session, that they were happy and relieved that they did so, as it altered the outlook of their day. This includes myself too! The organisation is clearly extremely well managed with friendly staff, and I'm sure other cities in the UK are poorer for not having a Raw Sounds scheme. Interesting field trips to music related events, as well as a handful of public shows that the Raw Sounds accumulated live bands can perform in, give participants exciting goals to aim for and increase confidence in the individuals themselves. I am an advocate and firm believer that music therapy is as important as any other therapy available on the NHS when it comes to mental health well-being, and it certainly bridges the gap left whilst people are recovering or waiting for additional outside help.Alex
"Raw Material has helped me shape my future in music and given me the chance to help others shape theirs."
Sacha Denton, Volunteer
"Raw Material has been one of the leading factors that make me the artist I am today, creating amazing opportunities is not a new thing for them, so far I been to New Orleans to perform and his the stage at Brixton Splash as well as many other stages across London as part of the Raw Collective/Family."
Terrell Gayle (aka Paradox)
"Raw Material has helped me as an individual so much. My confidence has improved, I'm gaining more confidence to perform in front of an audience, and have done a few events with Raw Material this year. I have recently started to record some songs too! The staff have helped me develop my sound and how to write and structure songs."
Faith, Artist Development participant
"The help that Raw Material have offered has been amazing. Through attending the 'Big Local Production House' workshop at Raw Material earlier this year (2016), I gained basic production, radio and graphic designing knowledge. [...] I am now currently studying a degree in 'Creative Musicianship' at ICMP-Kilburn. I plan to perform many more events and venues and I will also be back in the studio to create many more projects."
Shallise Chaney, Artist Development participant
"In a political environment which too often overlooks the fundamental importance of the arts, its organisation like yours (Raw Material) really do give me grounds for optimism in demonstrating the transformational power of music and creativity."
David Warburton, MP, Arts and Culture Fellowship initiative delivered by ACE in partnership with the Industry and Parliament
"I was touched and proud to be asked to be patron for an organisation for which I have the highest regard. It is a delight to find people to work alongside who believe in the possibilities of those with lived experience, the power of creativity and our collective humanity."
David O'Flynn, Senior psychiatrist South London and Maudsley Hospital and Chair of the Adamson Collective, Patron of Raw Material
"The ways of working employed by you and your team, witnessed during the Invisible project, were fundamentally holistically based on empowering and enabling young people to learn and improve on the skills needed to write, and to perform with love, pride and empathy for others. Given the challenging nature of some of the young people the Fringe works with, this was a refreshing change from the projects outputs that use less ambitious methodologies in a learning environment."
Diane Dever, Directore Folkestone Fringe
"Quality Principles have been well embedded within Raw Material's work. It continues to deliver good range of high quality work for a full range of young people in the local area. This is particularly evident in its iDream course and Big Local Production House programme, offering 16+ a chance to produce their own music."
Annual Feedback, Arts Council England