Our Manifesto

Music is for everyone. It is a fundamental part of being human. It is the first thing that we respond to when still in the womb, and it is the last thing preserved in our memory.

‘There are cultures in the world where to say “I’m not musical” would be meaningless, akin to saying “I’m not alive”’.

Phillip Ball, The Music Instinct (2010)

At Soundcastle, we work to:

  • Advocate that everyone has the power to make music and the right to feel ownership of it.
  • Spark a social revolution, instigating active music-making in people’s lives, homes and communities.
  • Celebrate the incredible power of music to connect people across language and social barriers and its profound and positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing,
  • Promote socially grounded approaches to participatory music-making through the Soundcastle Theory of Practice.
  • Support positive change in communities, individuals and creative organisations, through creative music making, coaching and training.

Our social mission is at the heart of how we function:

  • We are a social enterprise – we do not make a profit but reinvest in Soundcastle.
  • We produce evidence and research to innovate the field of socially-engaged music-making.
  • We embed in local communities in London, Bristol and Sussex and recruit locally.
  • We engage visionary, exceptional facilitators with a vision for change.
  • We strive for sustainability and lasting impact.