Australian artists Urthboy and Josh Pyke have collaborated with Life Without Barriers’ kids in care to create an original hip hop track.
The project arose when Life without Barriers approached The Precinct Studios to help empower young people in care whilst raising awareness within the community.
Says Tara Dimopoulos, Life Without Barriers: “After hearing findings from the CREATE Foundation 2013 report card, I was inspired to create an opportunity for young people in care to have a stonger voice – not only across the organization but more broadly the care system and also the community.”
The Precint went on to create and produce a campaign around the social collaboration between young people in care and popular Australian hip hop artist, Urthboy.
Says Henry Motteram, The Precinct’s managing director: “Music is such a powerful language. Giving these kids the opportunity to work with an artist they respect and to have their stories play out through the lyrics has been an amazing experience for all of us.”
Says Urthboy: “The things that emerged from the conversations that I had in person with these kids was some of the issues that are really important… or what some of the kids think is not talked about enough.”
In order to transform the stories into an actual track, Urthboy teamed up with Josh Pyke and producer Sulo, and shared his progress with the kids via a Facebook group every step of the way.
The track is called ‘Someone Else’s House’, and it was launched at the CREATE Foundation .
Triple J facilitated the public release of the track and music video, and it was also supported by Hack and a social media campaign.
All proceeds help fund grants and programs through the CREATE Foundation.
For more information on Life Without Barriers head to http://www.lwb.org.au/Pages/default.aspx
To hear the track head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUynCUiOYoc