Red Light Busking provides the high street with high quality cultural experiences with music being at the heart of what we do. We Bridge the gap between local businesses, cultures, and ages so that artists and young people with lived experiences get to create and collaborate with these businesses resulting in immersive creative experiences that the whole community can enjoy.
We have two main projects that achieve our purpose.
The first is our weekly music studio project for at risk young people referred to us from services like social services and family intervention. On this project, young people are given reign to freely express themselves through music. Having music as a common ground allows us to work closely with these young people and help them overcome the many complex issues they face. With over a decade of experience, we've become particularly adept at working with SEND young people.
While our other project is our Red Light Busking live events, which sees us transform high street shop windows into immersive installations and live performance stages. Our live events have been going on since 2019, where we started as one of the few chosen grant winners to put on events for Waltham Forests 2019 London Borough of Culture program. Since this date, the event has gone from strength to strength securing further funding from the prestigious Arts Council England.
99% of public members who we queried during our live Red Light Busking events told us that they
absolutely loved seeing live music displayed so creatively and events like this would keep them
visiting the high streets.
95% of the public members who saw our Red Light Busking event live when queried told us that they
were local to the borough.
98% of the public members who attended our live event when queried told us that they were very happy
with the safety measures we had put in place for them due to covid and felt very safe being on the
A rising trend that we are seeing when querying members of the public is that the weekly videos we
put out online through social media were what encouraged these public members to attend our events
100% of the businesses we partnered with (used their shop window) for our Red Light Busking event
told us that their customers absolutely loved the live music, and for their actual business greater
awareness was made for their shops, as people would look in the shop as they walked by or would stop
and enter the shop to find out what was going on.
1 in 3 of the young people referred to us are at risk of exclusion from school or have already been
excluded. Our music studio project has lowered the exclusion rates of these young people and helped
them to become more settled at school.
1 in 15 of the young people who have been referred to us have had a death in their family. Being
able to express themselves through our music studio project has been a key factor in these young
people opening up and responding to outside professional help.
1 in 5 of the young people who enter our project have not been in education for up to 1 year. Our
project has been key in keeping these young people engaged in regular reading and writing plus
keeping them motivated for attending school after being out of the education system for so long.
99% of the professionals we work with (social workers, gang workers, family intervention workers
etc) have stated that since referring their young people to our project they have seen massive
improvements in their young persons home and school life.