Who are we?
SoundSkool is a not for profit Music Industry college and community with a vibrant, exciting and creative learning environment. We have just turned 10 years old and our mission is 'Changing young people's lives through music.'
Check out our socials and website, our young people speak for themselves:
Contact: Simon.Gordon@soundskool.co.uk or 07539538850
If you would like to help SoundSkool, after signing our petition and sharing with your friends please donate to our equipment fund for our amazing young people here https://www.gofundme.com/savesoundskool
What our course offers:
We offer nationally a fully funded, full time music industry college with recognised music qualifications (Rockschool), alongside the opportunity to complete Maths and English GCSEs and functional skills. Whether you are a performer, producer, or the next music business mogul, our courses cater to your interests. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a unique opportunity to the build skills necessary to succeed in a constantly evolving music industry. We hold regular master classes with leading music artists, managers, video directors and other key professionals, covering all aspects of the music industry from creative talent to business knowledge. Our team are an immensely talented group of professionals with years of experience within the music industry.
What has happened:
It is with great sadness that on the 23rd May 2018 we announced to our students and staff that SoundSkool will no longer be contracting with the College of North East London and Haringey for the academic year of 2018 – 2019. Following the merger of CONEL into the Capital City College Group, the wider college has a surplus of 16-18 year olds, meaning they have more than they are currently funded for. Subsequently, the college has made the decision to end the subcontracting of the 16-18 provision group-wide, including their contract with SoundSkool. A letter was sent to us on Friday 18th May 2018 from CONEL stating that our contract was being cut. The students only have 3 more weeks of teaching left at Soundskool. They have left us in an impossible situation and have put the whole organisation in jeopardy as it is very little time to find a new partner, premises and equipment. This means that 70 students now do not have a secure college space for next semester. 40 of these students are returning student, 20 of whom are on a two-year course which is worth 3 A Levels, to be left without a place to study will seriously affect their chances of attending University. Six of the 70 students have got Educational healthcare plans, two of these students were on track to attend university. Our specialist staff who have given their heart and soul to SoundSkool are also left without a job in September.
What does this mean for SoundSkool students and staff?
In light of this devastating news, the SoundSkool team will be now be working tirelessly to secure the funding, premises and equipment to continue the college to start September 2018 as originally planned.
However, due to the very late notice of this news, we will also be supporting students in securing a back-up/plan B option in the event of us not being able to secure this. The future of our students is our biggest priority, so we want to ensure that they have a definite placement for September.
We would like to reach out to everyone who has been involved in and supported SoundSkool in the past and anyone who may be able to help our plight in any way, to ask for your support in spreading this message and raising awareness of our cause. Any and all support is greatly appreciated, whether it’s word of mouth, suggestions for further solutions, or a social media post on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter.
Naturally, this is a devastating blow to the organisation, but we are seeking alternatives, and hoping that we will be able to continue delivering our music industry provision to London’s young people.
What we need:
Premises to run our provision from. The minimum space we need to run the provision as it stands is three classrooms, a rehearsal room and studio space.
Funding to run the best possible provision we can by providing showcases, masterclasses, work experience opportunities, keyboard skills, guitar skills, pastoral care, 1-1 mentoring and more.
Equipment - Macs, Midi keyboards, musical instruments (guitars and pianos), PA’s, studio equipment and anything that would benefit music education. Equipment donations welcome.
How you can help?
Come to our Save SoundSkool event on Mon 11th of June at the Dalston Roof Park and support our students.
Donate your time, musical equipment, expertise, money or support to the #SaveSoundSkool campaign in any way you can.
Help to share our #SaveSoundSkool campaign on social media in order to help us secure the funding, premises and equipment for the 2018/19 academic year.
Contact any media outlets (particularly youth media) to help us get coverage.
Encourage people with large social followings to share #SaveSoundSkool
Help to put us in touch with any organisations that may be able to help us secure a new venue, funding and equipment.
If you’ve been a part of SoundSkool send us quotes about your experience with us to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you would like to ask us any questions you may have.
We would like to thank all of our friends and supporters who have been part of the SoundSkool community throughout our journey so far and we want to assure you that we will move heaven and earth to #SaveSoundSkool.