Music Saves Lives - a charity project by Benjamin Miller

A project by: Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research

Funding forward-thinking music therapy projects for children and young people

A short summary of your project

This project supports groundbreaking research and projects that develop music therapy with and for children and young people who face challenges.

Who are you?

My name is Benjamin Miller. Originally from Cambridge, I now work in LA as a Music Producer with Universal Music Publishing.

I’ve always loved music and had a strong emotional connection to it. Through darker and harder times it has always been place that I could find comfort - whether it’s in performance, composing, collaborating with others in the studio or just playing the piano at home. It’s always been there for me. There are many people who weren’t able to play a piano when they were younger, can’t afford an expensive computer to make beats on, or maybe just don’t know the potential that music has to change there life in one way or another. I want to change that and give anyone and everyone a chance to connect with music.  

GOALS OF THE PROJECT

The fund has 4 aims: -

1. To provide funding for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into musical education and further their careers into the music industry

2. To broaden the conversation of mental illness in the public domain - focusing on children’s and young adults mental health

3. To provide funding for forward thinking research into music production and song writing as a tool for music therapy

4. To provide funding for general practices, research and education in music therapy.

The funds are managed in partnership with Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research.

Your story

I've been playing music for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories is of running around the house with a toy keyboard, constantly hitting the 'Demo' button that played out an 8-bit rendition of Beethoven's Ode to Joy (much to my parents misfortune). I played the piano all through my younger years but never really got any good till I was older. I had a difficult time with formal education and was thrown out of school aged 14. Ironically, this actually paved the way for me to begin making beats, instrumentals and learning what music production was. After working in a factory for a few years I moved to London aged 20 with a dream to become a music producer. By 22 I was working for Grammy award-winning Producer Fraser T Smith who helped me understand the in's and out's of what being a producer is. I've always had a hunger to give back and always felt so lucky to have been able to fall back on music in difficult times. Now I want to make sure that people from all walks of life get that privilege.

THE FUTURE

This project is just the beginning. I hope that through gaining experience with fundraising - as well as working hard to implement the funds in the most effective ways; we can expand this into a large charitable organisation worldwide. This would mean setting up music centres, therapy centres, workshops, fundraising concerts, classes and more. I want there to be a strong and clear message that therapy, music therapy, musical education and musical careers are for everyone, from all walks of life. I not only want to push forward a more inclusive message but also push forward developing talent and help champion young creative individuals who want to pursue careers making music. I’ve always been told to “start with why” and for this it is easy - because I truly believe that music can save lives - whether it’s through a child’s love for a pop song, a youth's expression through a performance - or an adult struggling with dementia; who communicates best through music. I believe it’s an important message - and moving forward it will always be at the heart of this project - Music Save’s Lives.

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