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Why are we here?

The purpose of the Tribute Trust is to provide comprehensive creative arts programmes for children and young people.
Our aim is to raise the esteem and confidence of our participants through programmes and productions of music, drama, oration & lyrics, puppetry, music technology, film and non-linier editing, through our workshops. We particularly reach out for those young people with the potentials but lack the opportunities due to social exclusion, poverty and deprivation, those with poor family support networks including children in residential care and the disabled.

We aspire to harness the talents, abilities and skills of our participants encouraging them to flourish, to reach their full potential, developing the building blocks to equip them for their future and improve their life chances. Through our theme-based workshops we educate them of the need to value themselves and others.

Since October 2000 when we undertook our first community based programme for Black history Month, a cross arts programme of African drumming, music technology, drama and art, (which was hailed a great success) we have not looked back. Our ultimate objective has been to make the arts accessible to that part of community that for various reasons would not be exposed it.

Our aim is to (a) build on the already flourishing outreach work in schools, youth clubs and the community at large by developing models of workshops that can be delivered by trained facilitators and (b) to become centre based, providing rolling workshops, clubs, courses and a Variety of programmes of activity for children and young people through out the year; ongoing clubs of music tech, film and video/digital editing, drama and the young musicians club. To realise and establish the second phase of our overall vision.

The Tribute Academy for Ethnomusicology and Culture

The workshops

Centre based and funded projects.

• Funding has been acquired through the Neighbourhood Renewal Chest for this year's Tribute Trust summer programme which started in August 2003.
• We are awaiting response from the Awards for All lottery funds for our Black History programme, which is to take place this October 2003.
• The TribuTots under 4's workshops for parents and toddlers based at the Penge East Community Center is to be funded by Sure Start Penge.


We currently work in three schools, two secondary and one primary, namely; The Ravensbourne School in Hayes Bromley, Kelsey Park School in Beckenham Bromley and Red Hill Primary in Chissilhurst, running out of school hours African drumming and samba bands. Funding has been secured through Connexions in Bromley to buy in a qualified horns musician to pull together a horns section to embellish the African and Samba drummers to complete the ensemble in the secondary schools.

In 2002 we enjoyed working in the classrooms of White Horse Primary school's (Thornton Heath) key stage 2 children, taking their music class and running an after school African drumming club. The highlight of that year was taking part in their Christmas concert. We are looking forward to returning in the autumn term. We also enjoy an ongoing, long standing relationship with Charles Darwin School in Biggin hill where we have contributed a great deal to their samba programme, working with their feeder schools in and around the area.


Easter 2001 saw our first funded programme at the Studio Beckenham funded by the SRB Crystal Palace Partnership. What a showcase the children produced for their families and friends.
The Tribute Trust has been engaged by various community groups as part of their functions, events and projects, including Dagenham and Redbridge Youth Service, Blackfrires Settlement fun day in Waterloo, summer 2002, Refugee Day in Chisilhurst, Sure Start Penge fun day, opening act for The Bowl summer 2002 music festival where we worked with three different after school clubs run by Bromley Council's play and childcare department. Other events such as black history celebrations with the Pineapple Luncheon Club, a Caribbean older peoples association based in Penge.

Our first encounter with the Kingswood House was in collaboration with Southwark Youth Services for the summer 2002 programme, working with the youth of the surrounding estates. It was a delight to work with the young people as well as the youth workers on the project. This was another tremendously successful programme cumulating in the production of a C.D. and a performance at the Kingswood House annual festival.

Before Christmas of 2002 we were engaged by the Kingswood Youth Association to provide the hands-on musical input to their project. The end result was a spectacular musical production put on at Kingswood House for the community.

The Easter 2003 break saw us at the Post Box youth club Darrel Road East Dulwich. The young people engaged in African drumming and music technology on a nine-week one day a week programme. We have been asked to run a further ten weeks of workshops in music technology while supporting the young people of the centre to set up their own studio through the Prince's Trust.

At the beginning of this year 2003 our application to the community grant award through the Crystal Palace Partnership for rent of office space came through. We were able to move into our new office at Kingswood House Seeley Drive Dulwich SE21 8QR.

We have been successful in securing funding from the South East London Fund for our summer programme that started at the end of July 2003. A three-day a week programme of workshops in African and samba drumming, drama, music technology and film, which have been hailed a great success. The workshops ran for three weeks ending in a finally on the 17 August 2003 on the grounds of kingwood house, the Kingswood Summer Boom’ Fayre, an event which I am positive that the local community will hold fond memories of for years to come.

The Kids Club Network and Southwark After School Clubs were the hosts to a great day of celebrations with seven different schools, which took part in the event, that took place on the 9th July 2003 at the Peckham Pulse performance venue. Tribute Trust had been preparing the John Donne after school club and Trios after school club for the event. Once again the Tribute Trust was proud to be a part of a wonderful community-building programme which turned out to be a great day for all the seven schools that took part.


We are currently in collaboration with the management of Kingswood House to provide workshops and courses in I.T. graphic design, music technology, drama lyrics and poetry video and filmmaking and many others, for the local children and youth. Plans are at foot to make some of these programmes permanent regular features of the Tribute Academy. We are now in talks with the Youth Music Foundation to see how best we can facilitate all our aspirations and endeavors in youth music.