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Soundskool is a not for profit Music Industry college and community with a vibrant, exciting and creative learning environment. Our mission is 'Changing young people's lives through music.'

We found out, only three weeks ago that our funding is being cut for our delivery in September. We now have 70 students who are enrolled and have no college course to attend. Naturally, this is a devastating blow to the organisation, but we are seeking alternatives, and hoping that we will be able to continue delivering our music industry provision to London’s young people.

Your donations will help to equip our classrooms with iMacs for music production, composition and coursework completion. It will ensure that the necessary music software is on each computer and that the classrooms will be equipped with music instruments which are essential to the development of our learners.

How can you help?

£5 Donation
Donate £5 to the #SaveSoundSkool campaign and have your name added to our special thank you newsletter and socials post. (optional)

£10 Donation
Your £10 will go towards funding future showcases and performances for SoundSkool students. This will help them to build key skills for their futures as performers or Industry professionals.

£20 Donation - The Software fund
Will help towards our software fund. We need to install music production software on new computers and need your help to make this happen. You will be a part of our special thank you newsletter and socials post. (optional)

£40 - Buy a second hand midi keyboard (60 needed)
£40 will buy our students a midi keyboard so each digital workstation will have a keyboard to compose and produce music in the classroom. You will also be a part of our special thank you newsletter and SoundSkool funders wall. This wall will be in our new building and will have the names of all the people who made it possible for SoundSkool to keep providing musical education to students who need it. (optional)

£50 Donation - Gift of an Instrumental lesson
Help towards buying our students instrumental lessons on guitar, piano, drums and more.
You will also be a part of our special thank you newsletter and socials post. (optional)

£100 Donation - Bring an Industry Influencer to Soundskool
Sponsor an Industry Masterclass. Help us to invite the top movers and shakers of the Industry to Soundskool. This money will go towards, promotion, travel costs and any resources needed.  You will also have your name on our Saved SoundSkool wall.

£130 - Become a guitar hero
Your £130 donation will go towards buying second-hand semi-acoustic guitars which our learners will play at showcases, write music on and bring life to our SoundSkool corridors. Watch our Instagram posts to see the magic in action https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh80p8bBsh5/?taken-by=soundskool 

You will also have your name on our Saved SoundSkool wall.

£150 - Buys the college a 2nd hand stage piano (10 needed)
£150 will buy the college a 2nd hand Thomann stage piano, complete with stand, stool, and headphones. This will enable all students to have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument and will greatly improve their composition, production and performance skills. You will also have your name on our Saved SoundSkool wall.

£1,047 - iMac Computer for the Classroom (60 needed)
We need three classrooms to be kitted out with iMac computers. By donating this generous amount you will ensure students will have a space to create music for at least the next ten years.

You will have a special plaque placed on the computer stating who donated it to the college (optional).

You will also have your name on our Saved SoundSkool wall.


What our course offers:
We offer nationally recognised music qualifications (Rockschool), alongside the opportunity to complete Maths and English GCSEs and functional skills. Whether you are a performer, producer, or the next music business mogul, our courses cater to your interests. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a unique opportunity to the build skills necessary to succeed in a constantly evolving music industry. We hold regular master classes with leading music artists, managers, video directors and other key professionals, covering all aspects of the music industry from creative talent to business knowledge. Our team are an immensely talented group of professionals with years of experience in the music industry.

What has happened:
It is with great sadness that on the 23rd May 2018 we announced to our students and staff that SoundSkool will no longer be contracting with the College of North East London and Haringey for the academic year of 2018 – 2019. Following the merger of CONEL into the Capital City College Group, the wider college has a surplus of 16-18 year olds, meaning they have more than they are currently funded for. Subsequently, the college has made the decision to end the subcontracting of the 16-18 provision group-wide, including their contract with SoundSkool. A letter was sent to us on Friday 18th May 2018 from CONEL stating that our contract was being cut. The students only have 3 more weeks of teaching left at Soundskool. They have left us in an impossible situation and have put the whole organisation in jeopardy as it is very little time to find a new partner, premises, and equipment. This means that 70 students now do not have a secure college space for next semester. 40 of these students are returning students, 20 of whom are on a two-year course which is worth 3 A Levels, to be left without a place to study will seriously affect their chances of attending University. Six of the 70 students have got Educational healthcare plans, two of these students were on track to attend university. Our specialist staff who have given their heart and soul to SoundSkool are also left without a job in September.

What does this mean for SoundSkool students and staff?
In light of this devastating news, the SoundSkool team will be now be working tirelessly to secure the funding, premises and equipment to continue the college to start September 2018 as originally planned.

However, due to the very late notice of this news, we will also be supporting students in securing a back-up/plan B option in the event of us not being able to secure this.  The future of our students is our biggest priority, so we want to ensure that they have a definite placement for September. We would like to reach out to everyone who has been involved in and supported SoundSkool in the past and anyone who may be able to help our plight in any way, to ask for your support in spreading this message and raising awareness of our cause. Any and all support is greatly appreciated, whether it’s word of mouth, suggestions for further solutions or a social media post on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter.

How you can help?
* Donate to this page to help us secure equipment for SoundSkool.

* Help to share our #SaveSoundSkool campaign on social media in order to help us secure the funding, premises and equipment for the 2018/19 academic year.  

* Help by giving your time, musical equipment, expertise or support to the #SaveSoundSkool campaign in any way you can.

* Help to put us in touch with any organisations that may be able to help us secure a new venue, funding and equipment.

* Encourage people with large social followings to share #SaveSoundSkool

* Come and Support to our Save SoundSkool event on Mon 11th of June at the Dalston Roof Park and support our talented and passionate students.  Limited tickets/capacity, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

If you’ve been a part of SoundSkool send us quotes about your experience with us to: simon.gordon@soundskool.co.uk or 07539538850, or if you would like to ask us any questions you may have.

We would like to thank all of our friends and supporters who have been part of the SoundSkool community throughout our journey so far and we want to assure you that we will move heaven and earth to #SaveSoundSkool.

Check out our socials and website, our young people speak for themselves:
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Here is our #SaveSoundSkool event happening this evening from 6pm @ The Dalston Roof Park
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