Club Soda wins Culture Seeds Award

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On May 16th, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the winners of his first ever Culture Seeds Awards, recognising the significant positive impact local community culture projects have on the capital.

Club Soda was amongst the ten winners from across the city who were presented with the Culture Seeds Awards, which highlighted how culture can bring Londoners together and empower communities.

Members of Club Soda’s new band, System Experience, were at the City Hall event to receive the ‘Made by Young Creators Award‘, which was awarded in recognition of the Soda Beat Bands project that supports young musicians with learning disabilities to take their music to the next level.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I want to congratulate all the winners for their excellent work – you are proof that culture can benefit us all. Culture has the power to bring communities together and gives young people positive opportunities to discover their creative talent and to achieve their ambitions. Culture can be a powerful tool to steer young Londoners away from crime and criminal gangs and towards education and employment. I’m determined that all Londoners have the opportunity to gain from the benefits culture can bring to their lives, which is why I have invested in Culture Seeds, so that our small grants that can help make a big difference.”

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Members of System Experience with The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

We are recruiting! Gig Buddies Croydon Project Manager

We are looking for a Project Manager for our Gig Buddies Croydon project.

The project is focussed on benefiting people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We pair someone who has a learning disability with a volunteer buddy, to become friends and go to events together. The Gig Buddies project makes volunteering easier, by enabling volunteers to go to gigs and other events that they might already be going to, but they would now go with someone with a learning disability.

Thanks to grant funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and Croydon Council, we are now preparing to re-launch Gig Buddies Croydon on a larger scale.

We are looking for someone with good leadership skills, creativity and passion, to set up, co-ordinate and manage the provision of the project.

You will be responsible for managing the Gig Buddies Croydon service, working alongside a Project Assistant and an advisory group of adults with learning disabilities. You will recruit, train and supervise buddies and coordinate monthly Gig Buddy Social events. An important part of the role is to foster and develop professional links and good quality relations with statutory, and other agencies and the community at large. This will include raising awareness and understanding of Gig Buddies Croydon within the community, and the difficulties that those with learning disabilities face, and delivering presentations on the project.

The Project Manager will be employed by Club Soda on a one year contract initially, with the option to extend.

The post is for 21 hours per week, the work pattern is negotiable.

The salary is £30,550 pro rata paid monthly in arrears.

You will be entitled to 17 days annual leave per year (includes Bank Holidays).

The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Below you will find links to download a full Job Description and an Application Form. Fill them in and send back to us at the general Club Soda email: info@clubsoda.org.uk.

Closing date for applications is midday on 11 March 2019, and interviews will be held on 18 March 2019.

DOWNLOADS:

Job Description and Information Pack – PM-Information-Pack-including-JD-person-spec-final

Application Form – Application-form_Final

Club Soda at the Southbank Centre

Club Soda’s brutalist music project, Royal Boil Alice, performed live at London’s iconic Southbank Centre last week. Here is a film of the performance. Thanks to Drake Music for the opportunity to make this project happen.

 

Club Soda at the Southbank Centre for Concrete Dream Weekend

Our brutalist band, Royal Boil Alice, will perform at London’s Southbank Centre as part of Concrete Dreams Weekend, which will reveal the stories of Southbank Centre’s 1960s buildings and their early artistic beginnings like never before.

In 2017, Royal Boil Alice, a band of musicians from Club Soda in Croydon, spent time exploring Southbank Centre’s 1960s history and the eclectic performance history of Queen Elizabeth Hall’s early years, which included everything from classical music, jazz, progressive rock and folk music.

The group worked together to develop the piece, ‘Echoes in Time’, which is inspired by the brutalist architecture of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank and the early concerts that were staged there. It is simultaneously a look into the past and a glimpse of what’s to come.

This is a new commission from Drake Music and Southbank Centre. The commission was awarded to musicians from the pioneering arts organisation Club Soda, which creates opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be happy and social, creative and productive.

For more information, click here!

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Mumbly Wolfs album launch

We’re really excited about this one!

The Mumbly Wolfs album launch and live show featuring Alan Courtis. The new album (limited edition only 100 copies available) will be on sale for just £5.

These amazing guest musicians will be performing:

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Joy-Rides
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Just £5 on the door. Bar inside. Wheelchair accessible venue.

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#I AM AN ARTIST on November 10

Club Soda performers will be taking part in I AM AN ARTIST on November 10th at Croydon Clocktower. An event showcasing the talents of performers with disabilities. The Carbonators will perform as well as several DJs from the Soda Crew. Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance from serina.forrest@croydon.gov.uk.

 

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The Beat Band ‘protest song’ chosen by Graeae for Reasons to be Cheerful tour

A song written by members of Club Soda’s The Beat Band, has been chosen by Graeae to feature on their online protest song hub. Footage of the song being performed live at Soda Beat earlier in the year, has been made into a lyric video to make it fully accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences (see the video below). To see all the chosen songs from across the UK, go to: http://graeae.org/protest-song-hub/