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Change Creators: The XLR Collective

KWMC’s Creative Leadership programme for 18-25 years olds who want to make a positive change in the world using the power of music.

Change Creators – The XLR Collective is a seven-month programme. Young people work in a small team to identify the issues they care about, then use music in creative ways to develop a social action project.

The programme supports young people to connect with leaders locally, nationally and internationally, build their self confidence, develop their musical skills and provide real experiences of leading.

The first phase of the programme is designed to be an intense and inspirational three-day experience, while the group can fit the rest of the programme around their other commitments.

Overview

• 3 day creative leadership workshops – Bristol
• 3 day music workshops and events – European location
• Weekly skills development sessions and inspirational workshops led by a wide range of leaders – musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and field specialists
• 1-2-1 professional development coaching sessions
• Develop a social action project based on issues YOU care about, collaborating with leading music / creative industry partners
• Perform at local festivals
• Create a live music pop-up event in Bristol

Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Campaign Update

Over the last few weeks the XLR Collective have been going from strength to strength as they develop plans for their social action campaign to challenge sexual harassment on the street.  Change Creator Will has been writing a blog about his experience and what the group have been up to. 

You can read his entries for May and June...

Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Barcelona Delegation

Earlier this week, the young musicians and creatives taking part in this year's Change Creators programme spent an amazing three days in Barcelona to learn more about gender equality initiatives in the Catalan city and use their creative skills to develop new music in response to their experiences. The packed programme included meeting gender equality activists, taking to the streets...

Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Communications Planning

On 20th March the XLR Collective focused on communications planning and how they might start to tell the story of their project. It was their final session before they jet to Barcelona to meet activists, campaigners and musicians working on the international stage. 

During the session the group worked with KWMC's Communications Officer Rachel to practice 'elevator pitches': short introductions...

Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Music is Power

This week the Change Creators: XLR Collective’s session was entitled #musicispower.

The session was all about the power that music has to influence, inform and spark change on a personal, national and international level. This session was less about the classic activism songs like Sam Cooke, “A Change Is Gonna Come” or Edwin Star “War”...

Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Inspire Week

Over the next seven months the new cohort of Change Creators - The XLR Collective will be making waves in the city, tackling social issues using musical and creative solutions. You will meet individually through their online profiles over the course of the programme. The Inspire Week, which ran from 20th - 22nd February 2017, gave the group the chance...

Inspire Week

Meet the XLR Collective: Beth

Name: Bethany Hamilton-Allotey Campaign: Gender Equality Areas of specialism: Vocalist What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I’ve always had a passion for music, and the Change Creators course is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for an issue I feel strongly about in a creative way. I also really wanted to work with a group of people that weren’t afraid to...

Meet the XLR Collective: Courtney

 Name: Courtney Bicker Campaign: Gender Equality Areas of specialism: Vocals & Events Management  What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I really wanted to meet some new people that are as passionate about music as I am and I was really interested in making a change through music and feeling like I’ve made a difference. What are you up to when you’re...

Meet the XLR Collective: Jerome

Name: Jerome Barrs-James Campaign: Gender Equality Areas of specialism: DJ Producer  What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective?  I heard about it through college and the concept behind it appealed to me - of using music as a medium to discuss certain issues. What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? Normally studying at dBs or messing...

Meet the XLR Collective: Maya

Name: Maya-Blue Gamble Campaign: Gender Equality Areas of specialism: Live Events, festivals What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I applied to Change Creators because I wanted to feel more confident as a leader. Its rare that you see long term opportunities, I’d never seen a program so dedicated to individual development. My brain is literally overflowing with ideas and I’m excited to learn...

Meet the XLR Collective: Millie

Name: Millie Grant

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? The chance to make a positive change, go abroad, and meet more likeminded people.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I’m a full time student with Access to Music so I’m usually studying. I also...

Meet the XLR Collective: Milo

Name: Milo Clack

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist (rap and metal), lyricist/activist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I want to push myself to develop in every way that I can and would've regretted missing the opportunity to do something extra with my life. I'm also incredibly passionate about music and issues/injustices that people face on a...

Meet the XLR Collective: Molly

Name: Molly Perryman Campaign: Gender Equality Areas of specialism: Drums, guitar, bass What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective?  A friend who attended the course the previous year recommended to me as he couldn't speak more highly of it.  He told me how he can now speak in public without a worry because he gained confidence and I thought I'd love to be...

Meet the XLR Collective: Will

Name: William Sissons Campaign: Gender Equality Areas of specialism: Bass Guitar, Music Technology, Events What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I wanted to challenge myself, confront the issues that I care about head on, and learn skills that will have a positive influence in my daily life. What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I like...

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