newham rising


Youth Violence in London is on the rise:-

  • Gun and knife crime rose 42 per cent and 24 per cent respectively in 2017 from the previous year.
  • 50 per cent of London’s kids apparently know somebody who carries a knife
  • The “peak age” for carrying knives is getting younger, now between 13 and 17 years old

Over 15 weeks, a group of young people will express their views through Music Production & Drama courses about the issue of Knife Crime. How did it affect – Them | Their Families | Their Communities.

“What young people see is youth centres closing down, benefits being cut and their families struggling. To them it seems like the Government cares more about those who have money. When young people constantly see adults who don’t care about them, who don’t look out for them, they start to rebel.”
Trevor Blackman, Founder, Ape Media


APE’s Newham Rising course is designed to look into the causes and affects of knife crime on the young people involved, their families and their local communities, in the hope that this type of crime can be reduced dramatically.

The Young People enrolling on the course will discuss and consider, and then express what they want to say through music, voice and filmed drama.

Course Details

So we start back at Ape Media in partnership with Academy Achievers, with support from Eclectic Clique, on Tuesday 3rd July. 


This will be a 15 week programme over the summer and September for young people at risk of getting caught in crime:

#NewhamRising (2nd Edition) Programme will offer the following Creative and Personal Development workshops:-

  1. Film Workshops,
  2. Music Vocal & Production. Marketing & Business
  3. Mentoring
  4. Basic Skills (Literacy and Numeracy)
  5. Digital Literacy

Located in our Stratford studios. 

  • July: every Tuesday & Thursday – 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • August: During the day and some evenings. Times yet to be confirmed
  • Sept: every Tuesday & Thursday – 5.30pm – 8.30pm (later with the showcase). Performace night is 20th Sept.


The Music Programme

It includes:

  1. The Overview – To give young people  an introduction to key facts & stats, You need if you are in the music industry, Revenue streams, Music business services and Live music promotions. Also start to think about products they may want to release and perform.
  2. Record Labels – To look into the area of record labels large and small and the self-releasing artist. Also start preparation for marketable product.
  3. Gathering Income – To share the many different ways of generating income in the music business sector. Also start preparation for marketable product.
  4. Artist Management – To explore the art of management. There will be a guest artists in on this day… Possibly Sir Spyro again to talk on management and agencies / shorter production time
  5. The Live Side – To learn about the live side of music business. Work on product to perform and market.
  6. Air Play – To investigate how radio is still one of the most important media platforms. Work on product to perform and market.
  7. Digital Marketing & Social Media – How is this now the most important tool in music business. Work on product to perform and market.
  8. The End of The Beginning – To discover what each learner has gained from the course. Work on product to perform and market (live and for a short film).

Sessions 9 – 12 working on the final performance and music for short film.

(NB: Depending on commitment REDDOT will arrange for a trip to possibly go to red bull studios or MTV.)


More information, or if you’d like to contribute to our work:

Trevor Blackman –             Carol Berry –

Industry support comes from Sharky Major | Producer/DJ Spyro | Millie Mayor | Producer Jae5 | DJ Logan Sama  with Jonathan Butler from REDDOT Records running the music side programme


Course details:

Masterclasses – The courses are enhanced with ‘Masterclasses’ from industry experts in music and theatre/TV, who are invited to share insider tips and assist with the young people’s progress. Ape Media invites producers, songwriters, artists, TV/film directors and other professionals to impart their knowledge, offer words of support and provide practical demonstrations to enhance the growth and aspirations of each young person.

Literacy, Numeracy and IT – In addition to the weekly courses in drama and music production, the young people will be invited to booster sessions in literacy, numeracy and IT lessons. They’ll be able to complete homework assignments, work on personal projects and develop their confidence in these areas.

Finale Event – The finale event ‘Our Thoughts, Our Feelings, Our Perspective’ will be a showcase of the works produced by the young people on anti-knife crime. It will be a great opportunity to hear and see the work they have developed. There will be an artist Q&A and performances on the night.

Outcomes: To develop skills, knowledge and experience in the creative arts, to build confidence and self esteem with actions and decision making, and to have a voice that is listened to.

The Home Office#NewhamRising  has been an early intervention programme (funded by the Home Office)  that has provided creative workshops in music and drama to 20 young people aged 11-21 year old at risk of becoming involved with knife crime.