MUSIC VS CRIME
Delivered in partnership with The Metropolitan Police, The workshop series aims to explore the relationship between music, young people, criminal activity, and violence.
Dubbed as 'violent' and 'dangerous', the sound of the younger generation is often blamed for the recent rise in violent crime. Many blame the culture of hatred around the music young people listen to, which glorifies violence and loathing of authority (especially the police but including parents), exalts trashy materialism and raves about drugs.
The sessions identify the related behaviors and trends used in contemporary music, providing participants with a well-defined understanding of the perceptions that surround modern-day artists when creating music pieces for the public.
Our intention is to devise positive solutions that will allow young people to make informed decisions that will enable them to find the good in every situation and engender an optimistic output on situations surrounding there lives. Using a variety of interactive musical techniques, the participants will be tasked with creating musical pieces which have a positive impact.
The sound of your environment
What evidence is there for this intervention?
We have carried out a number of outreach surveys around the Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham areas and what we found is that many of the young people whom we have spoken with had very pessimistic views their futures. Of the 200 surveyed 65% have either participated in gang violence or had known someone who has between the ages of 12- 16. Almost 80% of the respondents said that they listened to music affiliated with a gang and over 40% of these said they have friends who participate in gang violence. A lot of those still in school said that they felt that school was pointless as they were not achieving good grades and they found it boring.
The program outcome's
Awareness of songs lyrics & frequency
Awareness of gang activity
Awareness of the likelihood of becoming a victim
Awareness of Joint Enterprise
Awareness of possible contribution
Awareness of social pressures