WAYout - Worldwide Arts for Youth

Sierra Leone Music Project

WAYout's Music Project will enable children and young people to access music training, courses, studios, equipment and advice, to make the music they want to make and create the future they want to create.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1123777)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Music played a huge role in rebuilding post-war Sierra Leone and ensuring recent elections have been peaceful and successful. Music gives a voice, a means of expression and many jobs to the disenfranchised - but studios and music courses are too expensive for many young people to access. The WAYout Sierra Leone Project will provide: - Scholarships for young people to access professional musical training courses and gain qualifications at Ballanta school. - Grants for the young people to access and record in professional studios - In-school music projects from volunteering professional musicians and teachers providing short courses to young people across the country. - Setting up an affordable, sustainable studio for young people to access, gain experience in and manage in the long-term - Support and advice into employment. The young people will benefit from the project creatively, socially and economically; creatively, providing an opportunity to produce music and explore their talents; socially, providing an opportunity to voice their opinions and feelings; and economically, providing them with job opportunities and security for their future. - £1000 will pay for 10 scholarships for young people to attend Ballanta music school (the only music school in Sierra Leone). - £600 will pay for 10 young people to get their track recorded in a professional studio. - £20,000 would provide projects to 2 schools across Sierra Leone - £140,000 would fully finance the full two-year social enterprise project, providing self-sustaining studio facilities and resources, training, staff and employment opportunities for Sierra Leonean people that will continue on after the initial two year set up period.