In 2012 Peace Mix called for all street poets, songwriters, vocal divas and virtuosos to come together and help us spread a message of harmony using the most powerful universal language – music!
Over summer the Peace Mix Mic Relay tour journeyed across the entire UK to uncover the best Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and other publicly funded music studios available to young people – positive spaces where budding talent can create and record their own tunes.
At each studio, Peace Mix found the finest new music talent and gave local acts the chance to record their own peace song and show off live to our VIP audience. One winner from each local studio then played our regional Peace Mix Play Off final at Cornwall’s Eden Project on 16 August – bands, soloists and MCs all tussled to win a spot supporting our special guest headliner at the Peace Mix Presents finale, which was held at London’s Roundhouse on August 28.
We also asked you to submit your musical musings on peace! From their bedrooms, schools or professional spaces, young people around the country created lyrics, rhymes, remixes or melodies in a bid to join our groundbreaking, crowd-sourced collaboration track which was released on International Peace Day on 21st September.
Peace Mix was inspired by the story of the New Day Foundation (NDF), a collective led by reformed ex-gang member Sharif Cousins, brought together under the same vision to positively change their troubled community – through music and live events. NDF then hooked up with BIG due to a shared ambition to give young people across the UK a voice and opportunity to discover and use local music spaces.
Join Peace Mix and you too can become an ambassador for peace, encouraging harmony, regardless of age, background or taste, in your local community and beyond. Will you get among the mix?
The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004.
Conflict resolution social enterprise the New Day Foundation (NDF) began in March 2011. At the forefront are former Birmingham gang members who after 10 years of feuding are now focusing on building a more peaceful future and are encouraging others…
Blastbeat Education UK is an award winning registered charity creating social entrepreneurs through it’s programme that leverages young peoples passion in music, social media and event management to inspire them to learn transferable life skills, supporting sustainable youth community development.
XLP is a charity with a common passion: to serve the community by meeting the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people, and empowering them to make wise lifestyle choices and to realise their potential.
The Eden Project is a charity and social enterprise with world famous architecture and art which draws inspiration from nature, educates on creating positive futures in the face of radical change, and tries to ensure that everyone who visits leaves…
The Roundhouse is the legendary London venue that works with over 3,000 11-25s each year, enabling them to realise their creative potential; and offers audiences of all ages new and extraordinary experiences in live music, circus, theatre and new media.
Livity is a youth engagement agency that mentors young people from a broad range of backgrounds to co-create campaigns, content and communities for brands, government, charities and broadcasters – benefiting businesses, individuals and society.