Through music and creative writing projects, Heavy Sound CIC helps disadvantaged and disengaged young people in central Scotland to develop, engage and build confidence. Its founder, Jordan Butler, was a student at SSE Scotland on our Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2016-17.
Music was always an escape for Jordan Butler. As a homeless teenager in Edinburgh, dealing with alcohol and drug problems, music was his only refuge. “I mostly listened to hip-hop, the angrier the better,” recalls the former rapper. “It was all I had.”
“I was ready to quit – and then I learned about the SSE”
Jordan eventually received housing support through a youth café, but grew disillusioned when he was told there were no opportunities for him to make or write music. “It was at this point I came up with the idea to one day start a business offering more alternative access to music-making and writing projects, and began making music by my own means.”
Eleven years later, Heavy Sound was born.
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