Out Loud Music is a not for profit CIC created by director Joe Bailey in July 2014. We are based at the South Street Studios complex in Westgate Ward Ipswich.
Having attended a music technology in education conference earlier in the year, Joe realised the potential of how to use iPads and music technology to engage young people with additional needs. We managed to secure a small pot of funding to buy 8 iPads and start a bi-weekly SEN focused music group with a £10k grant from Activities Unlimited. We wrote, recorded and produced songs with the young people with SEN on the iPads creating a positive, ‘can do’ environment showcasing their skills to the wider community. Quickly our group outgrew and the room we were using which spurred on our next idea. We decided, rather than having to move to a bigger premises to rent room space we would build our own community venue based at our site.
We were successful in acquiring over £70k of funding including a £50k grant from Biffa Award to create a community media venue in and old office space on site. We rebranded the whole site ‘South Street Studios’ and named the community venue ‘The Smokehouse (South Street Studios is built in a former smokehouse)’.
Opening in September 2016 The Smokehouse has enabled not only our projects and deliver to expand, it has enabled many other community organisations to reap the benefits of the space and create strong partnerships with the organisations based at South Street Studios.
Joe has been director of Out Loud Music since 2014 and responsible for many successful grant applications building OLM from a turnover of £10k pa to over £140k. Joe has been teaching young people from challenging backgrounds and with SEN since 2009 working with organisations such as Noise Solution, Ipswich Community Media and Kick! Music Schools as well as being a freelance guitar tutor. Joe also created iSounds, an award winning adult SEN/Mental Health project and recently won tutor of the year at the Suffolk Adult Learner Awards. Joe’s drive to create new and exciting projects for disadvantaged people and his adaptability and skilled tuition makes him a valuable member of the board.
Jay has over 15 years of teaching experience with young people with additional needs. He is director of another not for profit company called Wikid Workshops who engage young people and adults with SEN through more traditional music making. Wikid have been running workshops for over 7 years. Jay has a natural charisma that makes working with groups engaging, exciting and fun. Jay is proficient on many instruments as well as tech savvy so is a great asset to the teaching team as well as the board.
Marcus worked for the Arts Council NPO ‘The New Wolsey Theatre’ for 5 years before coming to Out Loud Music. Marcus is primarily in charge of The Smokehouse venue at South Street Studios but also brings a wealth of management and administration skills from his previous job. Alexander is responsible for budget control and spending on each project as well as seeking new funding opportunities.