For the third year in a row, we have been fortunate enough to be able to support the Roundhouse and their fantastic OnTrack initiative.
OnTrack is a free six-week project giving vulnerable and disadvantaged 16-25yr olds the chance to create and perform original music and get the technical skills required to put together a live music event.
Over the course of the project experienced music tutors, industry professionals and youth workers come together to deliver expert tuition over three days per week. During this time the participants learn valuable new skills to help build confidence and present new opportunities.
“Thanks to the support for the Joe Strummer Foundation our flagship NEET programme – Ontrack – this year engaged and retained 100% of its initial 16 participants, who worked with professional artists-tutors over 6 weeks to create and perform 17 outstanding original tracks. The feedback from the audience and all involved have been amazing and the group are now working towards recording an album of their songs entitled Concrete Roots. Thank you JSF for supporting this life-changing music programme.” – Roundhouse Community Participation Manager, Cathy Weatherald
OnTrack participants collaboratively write music, learn about artistic performance and learn to record voice and instruments culminating in a live performance showcase at the Roundhouse in Camden.
“I found it hard to sing in front of people and speak to people before this. Now I feel musically and personally more confident.” – OnTrack 2018 Participant
We are extremely proud to be long-time supporters of OnTrack and the amazing work they do for inner-city youth. Not to mention it’s just a stones-throw away from early Clash territory.