Today’s Future Sound (TFS) and Rhythmic Mind (RM) are proud to announce that we were awarded $45,000 grant to continue and expand our current #TherapeuticBeatMaking (TBM) program led by senior TFS staff Elwin Williams III aka @darapnerd (Project Coordinator and Instructor) and Marlon Richardson aka @unlearntheworld (Instructor) in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center to include the Advanced Narrative Therapeutic Songwriting (ANTS) / #HipHopTherapy program.
Since 2016, TFS has run TBM groups in the hall, with an expansion of services to include twice-weekly delivery and work with even more units than previous years, thanks to the CAC JumpStArts grant. Youth participants were able to learn the craft of beat making on Ableton and #AbletonPush with TFS instructors, in addition to learning the basics of recording and audio engineering.
With this year’s increased funding RM was able to come on board as a partner/collaborator. This not only allows twice-weekly TBM sessions for the unit where we have worked since 2016, but in addition a select group of youth will be able to engage in an in-depth process of rhymewriting/songwriting involving the re-authoring of their personal narratives and recording of original collaborative songs. The ANTS program, led by Rhythmic Mind, integrates mindfulness, visualization, and a host of other therapeutic modalities, informed by the most current trauma research and practice delivered through a #strengthbased culturally-responsive approach.