Musical Connections -
Musical Connections is a network for vulnerable and isolated adults including mental health service users living in Birmingham & Solihull. The project has been running for over 22 years. We understand the impact on mental health that coronavirus has had and appreciate the ongoing challenges, grief and social anxieties that remain. We know that many people struggled with the isolation of lockdown, the impact of restrictions on life and the unpredictability of the pandemic, especially those vulnerable in other ways. We also appreciate that the situation was exacerbated for those with existing mental health conditions and/or needing to shield, who were without access to the activities, friends and support that help people stay well. We aim for Musical Connections to help rebuild your confidence, using music to help you to express your feelings and to connect you with others with similar interests and experiences.
We are now able to offer a limited number of FREE places on our Musical Connections project to those who would most benefit. No previous musical experience is needed, just a willingness to have a go and take part...after all, anyone can have a brilliant musical idea!
If you are already a proficient musician, that’s fine too!
Click on the flyer image below to find our more about the project and download the application form.
Wavelength - a FREE, community-based, creative music making programme for young people aged 12-18 with mental health conditions living in Birmingham and Solihull. We are currently accepting applications for this project. Clink on the flyer image below to download the application form.
Plugin - a FREE creative music-making project for young inpatients aged 12-25, focused on using music technology to achieve musical and wellbeing outcomes. The project aims to build participants’ self-esteem, help them connect with others and encourage them to express their feelings and emotions through music. The project is based in 5 settings across Birmingham:
Ardeleigh FCAMHS and Adriatic Ward
Birmingham Children's Hospital Parkview Clinic (all wards)
The Blakesley Centre (Forward Thinking Birmingham)
Birmingham Road (Forward Thinking Birmingham)
Woodbourne Priory Hospital
With a potential new partner for 2021 being Newbridge House (TBC)
If you (or your child) are an inpatient in one of these settings and would like to take part, please speak to your keyworker to register interest and to obtain a simple application.
Interface – a (free) new music tech band for young people
Aged 14 - 18 ? Into music tech – software/ hardware or make your own tracks or beats? Or are you a DJ/ MC working with live samples, or an artist using loop pedals? We have a great opportunity for you to collaborate with other young people to form a new music group meeting from September 2021 on Mondays, 6.00-8.00pm. Ideally, we’d love the band to be reflective of the diversity of Birmingham and are particularly keen to hear from Black and Asian young people and/ or those who identify as having a disability to get touch. We only have 10 places on this project, so if you want to be one of the 1st to apply, GET IN TOUCH!
RECRUITING NOW - ONLY 2 PLACES REMAINING!
Interface Training Opportunity - 5 paid roles
Age 18-25? Into music tech – software/hardware? Make your own tracks or beats? Or are you a DJ/ MC working with live samples, or an instrumentalist/vocalist using loop pedals? Our new Interface project is a great PAID opportunity for you to collaborate with others to form a new group that’s a bit different & quirky and, at the same time, to use your skills to develop as a young music leader.
We are currently recruiting 5 young people aged 18-25 years old who will not only take part in the project as participants but who are interested developing and training as young music leaders. These roles will be paid and we will also be offering an optional bursary through the project to complete our newly validated Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators qualification through our New Horizons programme (a value of c £2000).
We are keen to address under-representation in our emerging workforce so would love to hear from under-served communities, in particular from Black & Asian applicants &/or those identifying as having a disability. Click on the Interface picture to find out more. Though the deadline for applications was 5pm, 22nd July 2021, we have 1 remaining training place remaining. Please contact us for further information if you are interested.
We are now recruiting for our New Horizons training programme. There are 2 options - one free unaccredited version and the Certificate for Music Educators (CME) Level 4 Trinity Guildhall accredited version, which costs £1050. The application process is the same for both courses. Further details can be found on the course information (downloadable below). Applications can be completed via an application form (below) or via video or audio submissions. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 24th October 2021.
We currently have no paid vacancies. If you have a general enquiry about working for Quench Arts in the future then please get in contact to introduce yourself and your work. Please note that the majority of our staff are employed on a freelance, fixed term basis, attached to specific programmes of work. Therefore, we are unlikely to have any immediate openings when you do get in touch. However, we are always interested to hear from you and can keep you in mind for future project opportunities. We always do our best to support the development of those we work with and many of our staff have progressed through our trainee roles/training opportunities to lead facilitator roles for Quench Arts and other local organisations.
Wavelength Volunteer Peer Mentor x 1 role
We are currently recruiting for 1 Volunteer Peer Mentors for our Wavelength project, a creative music making programme for young people aged 12-18 with mental health conditions. Clink on the logo to read more about the role and application process. All applicants must be between the age of 18-25 years old for the duration of the role.
Sorry, all our other volunteer roles have been filled for current projects. Please give us a follow on our social media sites to find out about any future volunteering opportunities.