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Getting into the music industry is hard, in fact getting employment at all is hard, particularly for young people and even more so for young offenders. At In-Sync Radio we recognise this and we want to provide education, information, advice, support and guidance for ex-offenders aged 16 – 24 years old who are interested in developing a career in the music industry or to gain employment in any other sector.
Many of the youngsters we work with are misunderstood by family and lack a social support structure. With the lack of training and no access to meaningful and well paid jobs this can drive young people to crime. At In-Sync, we will help to provide them with a more meaningful life direction and life skills whilst with us and we passionately believe this course could help them to be more motivated to achieve their goals, forge better social relationships and make employment be seen as more achievable.
In-Sync is a credible music company releasing music and running an international radio station as well as having a digital music distribution arm and a DJ talent agency. In-Sync already has huge interest from young people and has a large and ever growing social media network attracting young people who want to be associated with us and our work.
In’-Sync is headed up by Leroy Johnson, who has already had a successful career as a radio DJ and in music production for some of the UK’s leading record labels.
After receiving a prison sentence in August 2012, Leroy found himself in a scenario where he had a lot to learn and there were a lot of young people that needed help around him. Whilst at Brixton prison, he produced radio shows on its radio station (National Prison Radio) which broadcasts to prisons all over the country.
When he was working on the radio station he would talk to some of the younger guys on the wings and get them involved in the station learning production skills rather than sitting down and doing nothing all day. He believes things happen for a reason.
What he saw and learnt in prison has driven him to provide support and a training ground for those young people who are unable to find the right training and work opportunities in the music business which is known to be a difficult industry.
More about Leroy:
We are aiming to help motivate young people, to identify, enhance and improve skills by providing an introduction into a professional working environment. This will be achieved by integrating our learners with well-established experienced professionals in the music industry. The Insync Training course is a month long programme designed to give young people real hands-on experience of working in the music sector. In turn these skills they gain will prepare them for employment.
We would train learners using a variety of methods, including group discussion, team activities, role play and workbooks. The subject helps each learner to understand and be effective in:
Working as part of a team
Understanding personal identity
Making informed career progression choices
Understanding the job market as it relates to you
Presenting information (application forms, CVs, Cover letters).
Interview skills and first impressions.
Planning there own personal development and learning.
Working towards goals
With your support we will:
Buy computer equipment - to train our young adults to produce radio programs and learn employability skills
Buy studio equipment - such as mics, mixers, leads etc - so they can begin to produce radio shows,
Buy music programs - which these shows are created on.
Create and launch our marketing campaign to reach out to young adults
Lease and rent premises for 7-8 months,
Buy new office equipment
Pay for a website and servers
Book tutors/artists/staff to work on mentoring and employability job skills with our young adults
We have a very large network of social media sites so hop on over and have a look and follow us to hear more about the great work we are doing at In-Sync:
You don't just need you to give money to help us succeed but we would love it if you did and we have some great rewards too!
But that’s not all you can do… please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog. In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.
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Hi everyone, last few hours to this crowd funding Campaign and I must say it was a great experience, so far we have raised a office large enough to house 7 learners based in Brixton also we have had a amazing amount of professional services offered to us in the mentoring and employability skills side of what we are doing. I would also like to say all contributors will be getting regular mentions on our radio station www.in-syncradio.com daily big ups on our twitter feed and continuous mentions on our mixlr page and of course our full face book network, not forgetting a copy of that Block tape cd release I put together which is currently on sale at amazon iTunes and emusic.
All monies raised here will be going towards studio equipment, so if you can dig a bit deeper for us in the next few hours it would be truly appreciated.
So again going to thank the Young foundation guys and all the crew here at Peoples republic, it was a pleasure working with.
Thanks to Katie Prescott at BBC Radio 4 Producer who has kindly offered her Radio Editing Skills to this project..
Big Thanks for the new pledges in from RWF and www.connectjustice.org and also Emma Howard. Truly Appreciated!
Big Thank you to Andrew Wilkie From the Prison Radio Association and of course Director at The National Prison Radio For The 1st Pledge. Thank you very much sir!