Second Wave develops youth-centred theatre and collaborative work created by young artists. They offer programmes of performing arts workshops, events, productions, arts training and employment opportunities for young people aged 13-25 years. They are a registered charity established in 1982 with recent graduates’ including Shingai Shoniwa and Dan Smith, from the chart-topping band The Noisettes.

Started in September 2017, “Change the Soundtrack” was an 18-month music programme in Lewisham designed to offer a safe and supportive creative space for vulnerable and ‘at risk’ young women aged 11 to 18. It aimed to promote and develop musical knowledge and skills, in turn helping them to re-engage in learning, to improve their confidence and enhance their emotional well-being.

At the core of the programme is a series of 8-week courses, delivered on Saturdays, weekdays and school holidays across four school terms. Creative workshops will explore young people’s musical interests focussing on: Pop, RnB, Funk, Hip Hop, and Rap/MC-ing.

Dates: Sept ’17 – Jan ’19

Location: Lewisham

Age Group: 11 to 18 (Female only)

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This programme is funded by the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation in association with Youth Music.

Established in 1999, Youth Music is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Every year, they fund 350 projects benefitting 75,000 young people from all ages.

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Change the Soundtrack – is a new project made possible by the generous support of the Ronnie Scott’s Foundation and Youth Music. Led by Second Wave Youth Arts and based in Lewisham, South East London – ‘Change The Soundtrack’ is designed to empower young women though a workshop programme of singing, and song writing and performance offered in a safe, youth–centred space designed to build their confidence and self-esteem. Local young women have challenging lives, growing up in an area with high levels of poverty, youth violence and fear of crime. ‘Change the Soundtrack’ offers a safe creative space for young women to make their voices heard – create and arrange their own songs and spoken word pieces – using jazz, hip-hop, and other genres, as inspiration.  The programme is led by experienced female tutors, and young female volunteers, who are working collaboratively to raise awareness of the issues facing young women everywhere.

Ann Considine

Second Wave Youth Arts Director

We’re thrilled that such an iconic music brand as Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation is supporting Youth Music.  Our mission is to help young people change their lives, by providing music-making opportunities in the genres young people are listening to and want to immerse themselves in. Jazz and improvised music are important elements in this mix and we can see from the projects the Foundation is supporting through Youth Music, how they are helping young people in challenging circumstances to achieve their potential.

Rob Carter

Development Director, Youth Music