We're a non-profit community organisation providing young people with opportunities to participate in creative projects
Brink uses music, performance and multi-media as a method to engage disadvantaged young people offering participants a voice, whilst enabling them to learn new skills and build confidence and self esteem. We work with young people within the education system who have been identified as having low attendance and aspiration and are struggling to participate in main stream curriculum and therefore at risk of being excluded.
The project provides a realistic and effective way of applying the voice of the young people to self-motivated interventions. Encouraging communities input to design and develop a solution to the current issues, creating capacity building between agencies and any at risk individuals. Deferring the young people away from anti social behaviour by promoting self-awareness and tackling the perceptions people express about young people.
Working city wide since 2003, Brink has engaged thousands of young people through its programmes.
Since 2009 we have held MCR Superstar's, a chance for young people to work with professional producers and artists currently within the industry not only within Manchester and London, but also overseas.
We help provide young musicians with the opportunity to progress through Studio sessions at Big Life Studios London with Bless Beat & Jin Jin who Recently won a BMI award for "Hold My Hand" Jess Glynn and Universal music publishing group (credits include Tinie Tempah, Craig David, Wiley, Olly Murs) Ras Kass & Joel Ortiz Vocals courtesy of Brute force Records.
Trips to New York resulting in the track release "Jazzy but Classic" and airplay on the quiet stormUSA. Meet & Greets with Slaughter House (Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce da 59) and DMX. Live Performances at New Skool Rules Hip Hop Conference Rotterdam and The Street Dreams concert at Sound Control alongside Benny Banks, KO & Yungen Courtesy of R82 Records.
What Do Others Say About Brink Productions?
R. Ferguson, Lostock College Teacher
We have just completed the ‘Intensity’ project at Lostock College which has lasted roughly two terms. The students have really enjoyed the project and have been able to express their views and opinions which they would normally struggle to express in a normal classroom lesson. The students have learnt different skills for example spray painting and graffiti and they have been able to experience working as part of a team to finish the project. The students have discussed serious and dangerous topics through an informal setting, which I feel has increasing the learning of this group. The group struggle to stay focused on tasks but they have all enjoyed participating and have all completed something towards the book giving them a sense of achievement and belonging to the project. I would love if this project could run again next year, the progress made has been much more than just educational and students are proud of their work.
Brink productions have completed a project working with a group of Year 10 girls who have benefitted enormously. They have written a story about self esteem, bullying and how people judge appearances. They have covered issues from home and how these can impact on school life. They also discussed what constitutes a positive and a negative relationship. The young people were directed to resources to support them both inside and outside of school.
Shannon, Sale High Student
I enjoyed this session because I felt the staff were very supportive and helped to boost our self esteem
Charlotte, Sale High Student
We worked on our self esteem and made something that could help other people work on theirs
Sian, Sale High Student
I enjoyed it because I could express my feelings without being judged by other people