Community Musician, Producer, Composer, Song Writer, Teacher,
TELL US YOUR STORY:
Hi my name is Will,
I am the founder of Music Saves the World.
I host regular music events.
I teach and inspire young people with music.
I started MSTW towards the end of 2015 after returning from around the world travels with my guitar on my back and songs in my heart.
I love music and wanted to do something that has a positive impact in the world I am living in.
My vision for the project was to return to the community that has forged me and help those in need, using music as a tool to achieve that.
Before the idea for MSTW I had left North Yorkshire to seek out something greater than I had known. My closest friend was suffering from alcohol dependency and I felt frustrated with myself and my inability to help him change. With mounting pressures at home and dark bouts of depression I decided it was time to leave. I booked the cheapest flights to the hottest location and off I went.
I found myself in Morocco as a volunteer construction worker on a project called L'ane Vert.
It was here that I met some amazing people who enjoyed my music and gave me suggestions for my next stop. I left Morocco for the UK, followed by flights to California then to Australia,
back to California (a love story for another day), Hong Kong and finally back to the UK to build on my dream of opening a community music hub.
During those travels I gained valuable insights into myself and who and where I was in the world. It was a journey of self discovery through the music I experienced and the people I met, all of which I owe a debt of gratitude too, for without them I would not be telling this story.
I returned to the UK with high hopes and great expectations for myself.
I picked up a volunteering position at the Myplace youth centre and got in touch with the local youth music service. I was accepted into an internship program and began a professional qualification in youth work.
Music Saves the World has grown into a small music company that develops projects based around youth participation and delivers them.
As a part of a bigger network of community music services, we are able to source experienced community music facilitators and deliver tailor made programs that are designed with the health and well being of participants at the core.
My hopes for the future are to support the community the best way I know how; through music-making and group experiences.
Although I am no longer in the UK, I got married along the way and now live in the US with my wife; the work here is just as challenging and just as rewarding, be sure to check out the youtube channel for the latest projects I have been working on.
In my spare time when I am not in the classroom delivering song writing workshops or teaching guitar, I like to produce my own music under the moniker Death By Tetris. Sometimes I go out busking, sometimes I'm recording for other artists.