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MAC Makes Music Participant Wins a Koestler Award!

Mon 15 November 2021

We are delighted to share the news that a young person who took part in our music programme with Solihull Youth Offending Service has won a Silver Koestler Award!

The Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice started in 1962 and each year over 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work by taking part. The young musician's winning track is called Livin’ It Up and you can listen to it on Soundcloud.

The MAC Makes Music programme with Solihull Youth Offending Service is a partnership with Solihull Music and aims to support young people within the service to access and benefit from creative musical opportunities. Participants receive one-to-one sessions with our Music Leaders who help them write, edit and record their own tracks.

This young person worked with Music Leader, Producer and Sound Engineer, Omar Dickson (Urban Monk), over a 6 week period. Omar supported the young person to produce the beat, write the lyrics and perform the track. In their final session, they visited the Oxygen Rooms, a professional studio in Birmingham, to record the vocals.

Livin' It Up expresses some of the challenges that this young person faces is his life, 'always being in someone else's shadow'. It is one of two tracks that he produced in his time with Omar.

We are currently working on our third phase of this programme and can’t wait to make more music with the next cohort of young people.