Creative Spaces aims to contribute meaningfully to the creative activities currently offered to adults with learning disabilities in the communities of Newcastle and Gateshead. The research and development phase has just been completed successfully (kindly supported by the Arts Council). The team comprised of musician, producer, and teacher Paul Fairbairn, alongside researchers from Newcastle University, Charlie Bramley and Colin Dodds. A collaborative plan was implemented to create a working model for delivering regular music-making activities with the members of Better Days, who are a Newcastle based charity for adults with learning disabilities. Everything is now in place to deliver an initial 10-week music course with the same participants who are enthusiastic to continue engagement. To do this, we are applying to the Arts Council for extended funding for this larger scale project, to allow us to build on the findings of the R+D. The money raised from this crowdfunder will contribute a significant proportion towards the necessary matched funding element of an Arts Council application, and will specifically be used to allow the purchasing of further instruments to add project assets for long-term work by Creative Spaces.
We want to expand on the interest and enthusiasm of the participants to deliver an industry-standard introduction to music-making course. This course will teach participants about the fundamental components of making music, using a carefully researched approach that incorporates the exploratory nature of improvisation, combined with the experimental elements of remixing, and the core structures of songwriting. At the end of the 10-weeks, participants would not only possess the skills to write their own basic songs, but will demonstrate these skills during a songwriting assignment that can be shared with the group.