About Finding Rhythms

History

Finding Rhythms (Charity Number: 1151872) has built a reputation as intervention specialists in the field of musical creativity. Since 2012, we have worked with over 25 UK prisons in addition to building vital partnerships with like-minded charities, schools and alternative provisions and probation services. Our beneficiaries craft original songs, aided by professional music producers, and this has resulted in the creation of over 600 songs and 50 albums of original music and over 300 learners achieving qualifications.

The creative process in more detail

Our aim is to empower learners to make the kind of music that they connect with personally, which means we cover genres ranging from Jazz to Drill. Learners are tasked with working to tight deadlines to create albums of music in teams and as a result they build soft skills (e.g., critical thinking, time management) and work to deadlines as they would do in the workplace. We have formalised this learning process by embedding a Prince’s Trust qualification personal development and employability skills in the intervention, which ultimately means that the progress of learners is assessed. Prioritising the interest of the learner and treating them as artist and creators in their own right ensures that a unique type of trust is built, empowering participants to not only commit to the creative process.

Our users and partners

Our interventions are predominantly targeted at young people and young adults (16-30) at critical points in their lives who need a high quality and person-centred intervention. Our work has both a preventative focus which includes partnerships with alternative provisions, homeless shelters and community groups and a rehabilitative focus which predominantly involves partnerships with prisons. Our programmes create light bulb moments for marginalised individuals. We pride ourselves on helping individuals take the first step on the journey towards personal development and healthier choices.

Finding Rhythms have given me self-belief in being able to gain a positive direction in my life.

Prison participant