My name's Matthew, I am a musician/producer and support worker for adults with Autism in Bristol,UK. I am currently in the midst of a communty project called 'Asperger's SING!drome' and i am generating support and awareness for the project by hitting local radio stations and newspapers and the internet. Below is a description of the project and a link to my facebook page (website on the way)
'Asperger's SING!drome' is a musical platform for 10 musicians on the autistic spectrum to record one original song each in a studio setting and then perform that song at a special gig event in Bristol. The live event aims to champion the musical imagination of those ten individuals in an exclusive, private social setting, eliminating the stigma that can define those with an ASD as being socially ...awkward; and more importantly, creating a positive and fun space to be enjoyed by all! Autism is partly a social disorder, so what could be better than smashing down those barriers in front of an audience using the power of music? Autism is regarded as a disorder that effects the imagination, so what could be better than breaking through that regard with a form of expression that requires, by its very nature, the full attendance of imagination and creativity? Autism is seen to be a communication disorder, but what- if anything- is more communicative than music?
A CD of the studio recordings will be produced, as well as a film DVD of the live event. The CD's will be sold at the live event and money generated will be donated to the National Autistic Society and other charities and organizations that specialize in Autism. Both the CD's and DVDs will be made available to buy through the website, which will be constructed as soon as the project receives funding. The recordings will also be made available as MP3 downloads from iTunes, Amazon and other reputable digital download websites. Radio stations will also be contacted both before and after the funding is in place to raise awareness of the project.