The Swan Song Project
The Swan Song Project is a Leeds based charity established in 2017 that gives anyone facing the end of life and those surrounding them the opportunity to write and record their own original song. A professional songwriter meets people in person or online and provides support and guidance, from finding the initial idea to making a completed recording, at no cost to participants.
Our participants tell us:
- How proud they are of their songs
- How happy they are to have a permanent recorded message to loved ones
- How it has helped them come to terms with their situation
- How it has helped articulate and communicate their feelings in a way they may not otherwise have done…
- And how much fun they had during the process!
In addition to song writing we offer:
- In-person Music and Memories sessions to share songs that remind us of loved ones
“You really have helped me so much with offloading my grief. I feel like all the thoughts and feelings I have carried with me have been put into the song, and I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Who knew that all I needed to do was write a song to make me feel better!” (Participant, The Swan Song Project)
We are part of Arts Together because we are keen to develop effective partnerships and raise awareness of the services we offer and understand how we can adapt what we do so that people who most need us can benefit.
ChapelFM Arts Centre
People you may meet
Ben Buddy Slack
Ben is our creative director and founder and was inspired to start The Swan Song Project after losing his Grandma and regretting not recording her singing with him. He hosts our podcast and leads our song writing sessions. Ben is an award winning songwriter and community musician. He has released albums as a solo artist, with his band (The Blind Dead McJones Band) and as a duo with Siobhan Donnelly. His community music work has involved delivering songwriting workshops and courses in a variety of community settings, mental health facilities and prisons.