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The transformative Amy’s Yard programme uses music to support the personal and professional development of aspiring young artists aged 18-25 from London and surrounding areas. Over 12 weeks, from the studio Amy used in North London, each participant works one to one with a professional producer to create an original track. They also attend a series of Master Classes delivered by current industry professionals from companies including Island Records, Handle Recruitment, Metropolis Music and London Live. All programme delivery is designed to attain the three Level 3 AQA Units ‘Music Industry’, ‘Artist Development’ and ‘Transferable Skills’.
In addition to developing existing musical talent, Amy’s Yard works closely with programme participants to support their overall wellbeing and to develop transferrable skills for the music industry and beyond. Providing positive engagement and tangible outcomes for participants in their present and future situations, will ultimately create well-rounded, responsible individuals who can positively contribute to their communities with purpose and meaning.
All referrals to the Amy’s Yard programme are made by partner organisations who work with vulnerable young people facing a variety of complex needs such as homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment or a history of offending. As a result, the vast majority of those engaging with Amy’s yard can be characterised as having been affected by either one – or often a combination of these issues.
The young people who engage with Amy’s Yard are made to feel valued, important and responsible. The opportunity to develop a range of professional skills in a supportive environment has repeatedly been shown to have a profound effect on the confidence and wellbeing of participants.