Congratulations to Tinderbox Collective who have been nominated in the Passing It On – Educators’ Awards category. VOTE NOW!
We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about your group
Tinderbox aims to ignite a spark in young people – one which fills them with confidence, imagination and sense of possibility, and which enables people to achieve things they never thought possible. Our work helps break down barriers between people & communities, providing exciting opportunities to those who need them most, and supporting young people to build their confidence, skills, self-esteem, and professional experience.
Our Vision: A creative, ambitious and inclusive youth culture – one that cuts across social and economic divides, brings together diverse influences, and is listened to and valued by society.
Who We Are: A large, diverse collective of young people, musicians, artists, youth workers, community activists and volunteers.
What We Do: Tinderbox offers a revolutionary approach to orchestras, youth work & creative learning. We provide a year-round programme working with hundreds of children and young people aged 10 – 30. Our work focuses on three core areas:
Digital & Interactive Arts
Youth & Community Engagement
From award-winning productions to grass-roots youth work, Tinderbox offers a range of cutting-edge workshops, orchestra courses, arts residencies and apprenticeship programmes. We work with complete beginners to top young professionals and all levels in between.
The approach of Tinderbox is unique in the way it balances ambitions for high-quality and experimentation with its drive to be genuinely inclusive and to foster active and creative participation from everyone involved. These ambitions are equally valued and our view is that they support, not hinder, each other. They provide inspiring and powerful learning opportunities that lead to high-quality, original work with diverse influences.
How long have you been together?
We started in 2010 as a small community youth orchestra with a difference – we wanted to play modern and alternative styles of music, write our own music and collaborate with local bands from different genres. The goal was both to be an original and ambitious creative project, as well as being a fully inclusive project that would bring together people from lots of different ages and backgrounds. The ethos was that these two ambitions weren’t exclusive and should support each other. 7 years Tinderbox has grown to become an award-winning arts organisation, charity and social enterprise and now work with hundreds of young people each year and have produced a number of award winning productions, working with local communities in Edinburgh & Scotland through to international collaborators in China, Chile, Croatia and Bosnia.
What have you got planned for the next year?
We are looking to structure our organisation around 3 core strands:
We will also be running more public Tinderbox orchestra courses in Edinburgh too for young musicians of all levels of ability, and putting on more exciting concerts and new collaborations, including a new collaboration with Scottish Album of the Year Award Winner Kathryn Joseph.
We will be looking to tour a the Tinderbox Orchestra, running workshops with young musicians in different destinations, collaborating with local bands and involving everyone in collaborative concerts as we go.
Youth & Community Engagement
We will be running a year round programme of over 100 youth music hubs and workshops based in the Muirhouse area of North Edinburgh and with a particular focus on working with young people in deprived areas and without access to these type of opportunities.
Digital and Interactive Arts
Finally we will be looking to develop our ‘Room to Play’ residency programme for young musicians, artists and game-developers, and exploring new ways of developing interactive approaches to music and performances.
What has been the highlight of your journey thus far?
This year, we have finished recording our debut album which has brought together all of the different young people and groups we work with for the recording and through a series of music and orchestra courses building up to the concert. Also seeing so many of the original young musicians in Tinderbox leading and driving the direction of the different projects and organisation, and start our first tour!
How does it feel to be nominated in this category?
Very honoured and touched that someone has nominated us!