The RecordShop is a social enterprise that aims to bridge the gap between young musicians living in inner-city London and lifestyle brands. We are an independent grassroots organisation that has built a network of 700+ registered users and partnered with global brands including O2 Telefonica, Samsung, Nike, Tottenham Hotspurs and RedBull, helping them reach millennial audiences.
We provide the following support for young people aged between 16-25 through our youth programme:
• Access to a recording studio
• Professional music tutors
• Volunteering/Work experience
• Skill building workshops
• Talent showcases
Our services include studio/event/space hire, cafe/bar and merchandise.
Young people from low income households wanting to start their music careers are often unable to access the necessary professional and financial resources needed. As a result, they may experience a loss of confidence, feelings of hopelessness and exclusion. This inability to pursue their passion due to financial difficulties may lead to antisocial behaviour, unemployment, and idleness.
Our role is to provide a safe space for young people to nurture their personal and professional skills through our music programme and facilities. We are on a mission to educate, inform and inspire youths between ages 16 to 25 to connect with their community through music.
The RecordShop began as a voluntary social action project in 2015 as a pop-up recording studio that aimed to provide the opportunity for disadvantaged young people to have the experience to record and perform their music. In 2017 we officially launched our social enterprise offering recording studio services, as well as primarily working with young people and offering music opportunities in areas such as studio time, workshops, events, internships, apprenticeships and employment.
Carina Sava, RO
FOUNDER & ARTIST MANAGER AT WATERMELON AGENCY