Who are we?
Have you noticed a rise in unemployment, substance misuse and a lack of engagement in education? Have you or someone close struggled to get paid work in the creative industry?
On a city built on an infamous music scene, a thriving creative industry and all round hard workers – it’s surprising there isn’t more retention in education and work or aspiration in pursuing a path in the creative industry.
With the reduction of government funding for youth programs over the last 10 years, a lack of creative arts programs and an education system putting pressure on teachers – it’s up to us, the creative professionals of Manchester – a city that uses the black and yellow Bee to represent it’s creative and industrial history – to pass on our skills and help pave a path for the future generation.
We are Bee Creative MCR CIC
Imagine an organisation absorbed in the interests of our creative community, here to delve deeper into what makes our creatives so great… and not so great… and aiming to discover ways to help our community cultivate and assist people of our community and future creatives through music, art and technology based projects and workshops whilst challenging behaviours and issues such as unemployment, poverty and a lack of aspiration within the local community.
We are a registered Community Interest Company - “A community interest company (CIC) is a new type of company introduced by the United Kingdom government in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.”
To carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.
‘Socially excluded’ could any of those being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one of more of the following factors: unemployment; financial hardship; youth or old age; ill health (physical or mental); substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs; discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment; poor educational or skills attainment; relationship and family breakdown; poor housing (that is housing that does not meet basic habitable standards; crime (either as a victim of crime or as an offender rehabilitating into society)
In particular activities may include but are not limited to;
Encouraging social and professional development for disadvantaged young people & adults.
Providing accessible and professional workshops and training in music & creative arts.
Aiding work experience, employment and further education opportunities alongside working with other local organisations with similar aims.
Undertaking any other activities we can do to use our experience, resources and skills to benefit the community and surrounding areas.
Music Technology teacher and youth worker Nikki Crowley - aka professional DJ and Producer Euphonique - has been running Sub-Woofah Records and events since 2009 and is passionate about teaching, music, media and business. Nikki, along with business partner Daniel Tonge - aka DJ Beamer - who is an audio engineer and trainee teacher and Jasmin Tudor, a support worker for children’s services, have combined business, creative arts, their passion for working with young people and education to benefit the local community and thriving local creative industry by forming ‘Bee Creative MCR CIC’