‘COOL’ Music - British Journal of Music Education

‘COOL’ Music - British Journal of Music Education

Community Orientated and Opportunity Learning (COOL) Music was a 12-month collaborative project between researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and practitioners at the Edinburgh-based social enterprise Heavy Sound. The project began in October 2017 and involved 16 sessions of participatory music making with 32 ‘hard-to-reach’ young people (aged 12–17) aimed at increasing confidence and self-esteem and improving social skills. Using COOL Music as a case study, this article explores some of the challenges faced by community-based arts organisations tasked with delivering such interventions, contrasting COOL Music’s small-scale, targeted, community-based approach with prevailing top-down music interventions in Scotland. We argue that such programmes are particularly suitable in engaging those at the margins of society, reaching them on their own terms through music that resonates with their own lived experience. However, we acknowledge the short-term and transitory nature of such projects may prove problematic for some hard-to-reach groups who require more stability in their lives and may also lead to staff fatigue and burnout. We call for further research in these areas, and greater policy attention to be paid to the sustainability of such projects.

'COOL' Music Project Stage 3

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'COOL' Music Project Stage 3

Heavy Sound are very happy and excited to announce the continuation of the Community Orientated Opportunity Learning ‘COOL’ Music Project in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian Universty.

The project will once again focus on the inclusion and development of young people who have faced significant barriers in life, using music as a tool to build positive relationships and create opportunities for growth

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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019

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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.

The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland from 3-26 May 2019, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

By engaging with artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, we celebrate the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health issues, exploring the relationship between creativity and the mind, and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

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STV Children's Appeal

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STV Children's Appeal

Heavy Sound were featured on 2018's STV Children's Appeal and were visited by Minister For Communities Aileen Campbell who met with young people who had benefited from the projects.

The Appeal awarded Heavy Sound funding towards the costs of their music activities

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