A new project called ‘I Speak Music’ is being launched by Surrey Music Hub to bring together professionals and community groups who work with, or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people (for example young asylum seekers, young refugees, young people who have been trafficked to UK) through the arts and music. Surrey Music Hub was recently awarded a Youth Music grant to work specifically with young people who have recently arrived in the County from areas of conflict and diverse cultural backgrounds. Using the medium of music the project aims to develop musical, English language and other life skills as well as providing a safe and creative space to make new friends and settle into their new life.

“As a British woman of Iranian descent it is an honour to be able to help young people of a similar cultural background to myself through this amazing project. I commend Surrey Music Hub for its ground breaking efforts to create projects that reflect local diversity and cater to the individual needs of the county's young people." Sara Khoroosi – Surrey Music Tutor

What does the project involve? Between April and December 2018 a team of talented and enthusiastic professional musicians and supporters will work with these young people and deliver a number of song writing taster workshops, 20 x music workshops and a together they will share the fruits of their experience at a celebration concert in December.

What’s in it for the young people?

The project believes that by participating in ‘I speak music’ the budding young musicians will grow in self-confidence as well as improve their musical skills. 

“When, like for most of these young people, everything in their new environment is strange and such a challenge it is comforting and energising to make music with others; overcoming language and cultural barriers.” Mona Saad – Project Coordinator

What’s in it for the tutors, project partners and supporters and professionals involved?

Tutors, supporters and project partners will also grow through this experience as they are equal players. They will gain a better understanding of the challenges these young people face and grow in confidence in engaging with them.

Specifically and longer term the project hopes that the young people who take part will be inspired to join and progress onto other Surrey Arts ensembles and groups. This will mean that they will continue to develop what they have learnt and explore music genres after the project ends.

Philip Trumble – Head of Surrey Arts says “Surrey Arts is delighted to have been awarded this grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music. The funding provides a unique opportunity for us to support the current and future work of local refugee and other support agencies through the power of music.”

To find out more about the project and how to get involved visit www.surreymusichub.com/ or email Project Coordinator, Mona Saad at mona4youthmusic@gmail.com