Everyone is Music
Ep 11 Rachael Perrin and Soundcastle
This week I am talking with Rachael Perrin from Soundcastle.
Soundcastle are an amazing community music organisation, running sustained programs in community spaces, some of which are very discreet and 'Hidden'. Rachael describes this so well for us. Musical Beacons is a program for vulnerable families, often young women with children escaping from abusive situations.
People's Music is a program all about adult mental health recovery. Soundcastle's work is often in gaps in current provision and is all about mental health and wellbeing.
We discuss the challenges of attracting funding when much of your work, by its very nature, must remain invisible.
Rachael tells us about The Soundcastle Community, an online space for community musicians to connect with other but also offering extensive training programs. Rachael describes this as a kind of online Arts centre.
Soundcastle also work in sector development, consulting on inclusive practice and lots of training provision, including Mental Health First Aid.
It was great to hear about Rachael's own journey into community music and her passion for the work.
I was so impressed by our conversation and I raise a glass to Soundcastle's commitment to transparency in all that they do. Happily sharing their business model and all that they have gone through to get to where they are now. True community spirit.
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