MADE stands for Musical Action for Diversity and Equality, and is a project for young people aged 13 to 18 ( up to 25 years for young people with a SEN Support Plan or those who are registered with a disability), which uses music to address issues of inequality and encourage social change through music making.

Young people can learn about and explore issues that matter to them in a safe and supportive environment and using music as a tool for expression and creativity. Across the year, we will invite young people to join in with specific themes of inequality that are prevalent in society today, and use music to explore these themes.

In July and August and will be looking at issues of racism and racial prejudice through protest songs and songwriting. The project will be led by members of the Musinc team, with guest leader Marsha Garrett. All sessions will take place via a Zoom closed group.

Participants can contribute as much or as little as they feel comfortable with, and do not need any previous musical knowledge or experience to take part. The members of the musinc team will be on hand to guide you through the song writing process for those who lack confidence of experience in this area.

Musinc’s work is aimed at supporting musical inclusion and strive to ensure our activities are accessible for all, therefore if you require any additional support to take part please contact us to discuss your needs.

Project outline and dates:

21st July 6-8pm
Session 1: Live Q&A with guest leader Marsha Garrett

Marsha Garratt is a Teesside based researcher, lecturer and public speaker on race and racism. She will kick the project off with a discussion and Q&A session around racism and where racism comes from, the impact of the media, white privilege and how music has been used as a tool for solidarity and protest within communities and victims of racial discrimination.

28th July 6pm – 7pm

Session 2: Power of Music – What are protest songs?

Challenging racism through music: this session will look at musical examples from a range of historical periods & musical genres, which were written to challenge racism. This session will form the beginnings of exploring lyrics for the song that the group will create together, and will explore ideas for the song style.

4th August 6-7 pm  

Session 3: Group Song writing, supported by members of the musinc team.

In this session participants will work on the song as a group, looking at melody, structure, and other features to consider for the final product. The musinc team will facilitate this in order to support those who are less experienced in music.

11th August 6-7pm

Session 4: Consultation            

This session will finalise the group song, discuss ideas for use of the song, evaluation, reflection and discussions about the process. What could the next MADE theme be?


For more details and to sign up to take part please fill in this form (found by clicking here) and send to musinc@middlesbrough.gov.uk