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promoting social inclusion through music and the creative arts



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Special Commendation
Arts and Health
Award 2009




Winners of the 2009
Active Citizens of
Europe Award


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Winners of the 2008
London Health
Commission Award
Mental Health and
Well-being category





Joy of Sound Workshops

Friday mornings in Vauxhall and Thursday mornings in Notting Hill.
Click here for maps and directions.

NEW Workshops: Tuesday mornings, in Hackney

Click here for details of Hackney workshops

Please contact us for details if you would like to attend




Joy of Sound (JOS) is an inclusive music and creative arts project that provides workshops and equipment to enable anybody, regardless of their abilities and dexterity, to enjoy taking part in music making and other arts activities.

The aims of JOS are to:
  • Promote non-verbal communication
  • Encourage improved mental health and well-being
  • Build self-confidence
  • Create a joyful, non-judgmental space for individual creativity and equal participation
  • Provide new opportunities for learning and career development

To achieve these goals, JOS offers:

  • Regular weekly / fortnightly group music making sessions
  • Day / half day workshops and presentations for events, festivals and conferences
  • Training in inclusive workshop leading techniques
  • Consultation on inclusive design
  • Staff training and development
  • One-to-one facilitation
  • Provision of bespoke and adapted instruments for individuals

JOS is now in its 14th year of development, and the JOS team of experienced inclusive workshop facilitators are skilled across the spectrum of creative arts practice and delivery.

JOS maintains an ongoing program of research into bespoke and adapted musical instrument design and inclusive workshop techniques.


Training 2014

Joy Of Sound runs training sessions at various times in the year.
Please contact info@joyofsound.net for news and updates on next training dates


Funding and Support

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Lloyds TSB Foundation confirm their support
JOS is absolutely delighted to have received news from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, confirming their support of Joy of Sound activities, until October 2015.

This support will allow development of project potential, generate new opportunities and outreach work, as well as new inclusive instrument design initiatives. We are looking forward to progressing with planned changes that will benefit, not only JOS participants, but the wider community as well.

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The London Community Foundation
JOS team is delighted and excited to receive support from The London Community Foundation Wellbeing and Happiness grants scheme, that will enable JOS to present a new series of inclusive combined art workshops, working with participants dealing with mental health issues. For more information contact: info@joyofsound.net  We will be updating the JOS website with further details soon.

Volunteering

JOS Volunteers are encouraged to assist with all aspects of workshop set up and delivery including: preparation of workshop space, music instruments cleaning, preparation, tuning , stringing and minor repairs - work with workshops facilitator/s delivering sessions - assist post session clearance and pack up - attend after session informal debriefing sessions in situ or at a local cafe.

Volunteers will be introduced to - and invited to actively participate in all aspects of JOS improvisational music making sessions that involves the gradual experiential learning of JOS inclusive approaches to vocal and instrumental improvisation. People with previous music making experience, new and none players are all equally welcome and able to join in, and to make a valuable contribution. Training and mentoring will be given.

If you wish, after your first introductory session, a member of the JOS team will be available to speak with you by telephone - or at an arranged  meeting  - to discuss any matters arising from your experience, and towards your potential continuum as an occasional or regular JOS Volunteer.  An open, respectful, and inclusive social nature - willingness, enthusiasm and commitment to co-creative learning by experience - humanitarianism, the ability to undertake one or more of the duties mentioned above, punctuality and dependability, creative and exploratory nature, commitment to equality and the ability to laugh at yourself are all characteristics that might serve you and become enhanced in Volunteering with JOS  -  and of course any others that you bring to share will be much appreciated. 

please email info@joyofsound.net.



INCLOODU Festival

On 9th November 2013 Joy of Sound was invited to provide inclusive music workshops at INCLOODU - London's first ever festival of Deaf Arts at Rich Mix, London E1. 

Ten JOS volunteers co-facilitated 3 exiting and moving workshops, and shared an enlightening and memorable experience.

BIM, recorded the sessions. The video captures the spontaneous form and beauty as expressed in colours, tones and textures, emotions and interactive energies - and in a way that portrays the qualities of sound, silence, vibration and atmospherics that were experienced by the broad spectrum of hearing and none hearing people who participated. 

Thank you INCLOODU for inviting JOS. And a big thank you to BIM, for producing such a lovely film.



Donating

If you would like to support Joy of Sound with a donation

Please contact us...

Any Old Instruments or Equipment?

We are always on the lookout for instruments - perhaps you have an old guitar or fiddle stored in an attic or garage? If so, please contact us - any type, age or condition considered!





Charity No. 1126361
Company No. 6403192 .

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Incredibow log link We would like to thank Incredibows for generous provision of their amazingly hard wearing carbon fibre violin bows - no more shredding horsehair! Also, thanks to MERU for their ongoing help with instruments, covers, plectrums and general collaboration. MERU logo link

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