FRANK TURNER AND JOE STRUMMER FOUNDATION HEAD OUT TO MUSIC PROJECT IN WEST AFRICA
The Joe Strummer Foundation and Frank Turner will visit WAYout Arts in Freetown, Sierra Leone on March 15th 2017 on a quest to encourage and inspire disadvantaged young people to play musical instruments.
This trip will be funded by The Joe Strummer Foundation, who have been supporting the work of WAYout Arts since 2012, but we need your help to buy and ship replacement instruments and studio equipment.
Jamie Webb, charity coordinator says, ”We are honoured that our friend, and long term supporter, Frank Turner will be joining us to film our quest to highlight the work that both our organisations do and to document what it is really like to be a musician in Freetown.”
WAYout Arts & The Joe Strummer Foundation
Since the end of the civil war in 2002 Sierra Leone has experienced economic growth but poverty remains a major challenge particularly for the country’s youth. There is a need for a safe location for street youth to overcome the fear and misunderstanding they face: escape dangers of street life such as drugs and crime; with easy-to-access projects which help overcome their vulnerability and decrease risks of persecution, exploitation.
Responding to a call for support in 2012 from Hazel Chandler, WAYout Arts co-founder, The Joe Strummer Foundation helped install a music recording studio in Freetown; a campaign was created to raise funds to buy studio equipment, instruments and send engineer and multi-instrumentalist, James Adams, over to set up & train the members of WAYout to create their own recordings and maintain the studio.
We will document Frank’s journey into some of the poorest communities and we hope will lessen their sense of being forgotten by the world and offer the possibility of learning through music.
"I'm honoured and humbled to be heading to Sierra Leone for the first time with the Joe Strummer Foundation. After all the fundraising work that has happened over the last few years, it'll be fascinating to see where the money is going and who it's helping. Seeing music cross international and cultural boundaries is one of the most validating things in the world for a musician. I'm excited for my trip." - Frank Turner
Almost all young people want to make music, it is an international language, and Franks visit will open up the possibility in their minds and lead them to WAYout - a place they may not know about.
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Over 49,698 children live on the streets (Street Child), with half located in Freetown. 65% of youth are unemployed (World Bank) and 50% are unskilled.
Many feel let down by promises of reintegration & training (DDR). Unemployed youth are considered a 'threat' to national peace.
There is a need for a safe location for street youth to overcome the fear and misunderstanding they face: escape dangers of street life such as drugs and crime; with easy-to-access projects which help overcome their vulnerability and decrease risks of persecution, exploitation.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
We will send Frank Turner & Jamie Webb (from the Joe Strummer Foundation) to document the trip and WAYout Arts will film Frank on his journey into some of the poorest communities and we hope will lessen their sense of being forgotten by the world and offer the possibility of learning through music.
The aim of this visit is to promote the work of both WAYout Arts & Joe Strummer Foundation through a field trip which will shed a different light on the young people - not the ragged, uneducated hustlers that many people assume them to be but the intelligent, talented, thoughtful adults that they are.
We've funded the trip BUT we need your help to buy instruments
Although the expedition will be funded by The Joe Strummer Foundation we still really need your help to purchase replacement instruments and worn out studio equipment in time to make the shipping deadlines.
Dream Instrument List:
5 x Acoustic Guitars - £500
2 x Roland A-500 Pro Midi Keyboard - £400
2 x Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphone 32 Ohm - £250
1 x Allen & Heath ZED-14 Mixing Desk - £400
2 x Beheringer B-1 Single Diaphragm Condenser Microphone - £160
1 x Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD Audio Interface - £130
1 x Alesis Compactkit 7// Portable Electronic Drum Kit - £100
2 x Squire Electric Bass Guitar or similar £400
Spare Strings £100
This equals to a total of £2,440 needed to buy everything on this list.
If we raise more than our original target of £2,440, the extra funds will go into WAYout Arts to help manage & maintain the studio.
Help us make a difference, please donate a little or as much as you can afford. And if you can not afford to donate financially, you can still support the campaign by sharing on social media which will help us amplify this fundraising campaign.
Thank you for reading.
The Joe Strummer Foundation
"without people, you're nothing."