About The Founder/Managing Director
Paul Barratt- Co- Founder- Managing Director of:
Assembly of Creative Arts
Community Interest Company ltd
Ba Hons Degree- Creative Music Production
Paul has been teaching music production, lyric writing, and performance skills to young people who have fallen out of education, employment or training since 2005.
He decided to set up the Assembly of Creative Arts “community interest company” to cater for the some of the many and varying needs of vulnerable young people throughout the UK.
Paul is a professional musician, his main instrument is vocals and he currently runs his own six piece Jazz band known as “Solomon’s Way”. He is also a member of a professional touring band known as “Double Drop”.
As one of eleven siblings growing up in Whitstable, Kent, a small seaside town, Paul did not always receive the help or guidance he needed to grow and he had to learn fast how to survive, become street wise, and gain confidence within himself. With few opportunities for creative growth it was extremely easy for young people in the same town to turn to crime as a result of boredom, lack of drive and disillusionment, especially those from broken backgrounds. Many of Paul’s friends were from single parent families who struggled on little or no income and he had a strong desire to help them and others improve their lives from a young age.
When Paul reached 10 years of age he developed a strong interest in poetry and used it as a way of expressing thoughts and feelings he would otherwise have found hard to communicate. By the time he was 12 he had discovered Hip-hop music and was amazed and excited at the way poetry and music could combine. This is where it all began and from here on Paul threw himself into music with all of his energy and felt a huge positive change within himself. His confidence grew rapidly and by the time he was 15 he started to perform his own poetry at open-mic nights and at public events with DJs all over Kent.
Before long he was working as a free-lance Music Production and Lyric Writing performance tutor for almost every single creative arts company in Kent as well as various different children’s charities and organisations in London, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Liverpool, Cornwall, Manchester, and Brighton to name a few.
From 2010-2013 Paul has played festivals across the UK and Europe, from Glastonbury and Bestival to Lovebox and Secret Garden Party, including tours with number 1 chart topping band “Sam and The Womp”. He has also had two of his music videos broadcast on Sky Television on heavy rotation during 2011-2012.
Paul Studied music production for 2 years at Greenwich University gaining a Higher National Diploma.
He then went on to study at the Academy of Contemporary music Guildford gaining a BA Hons degree in Creative Music Production.
He has released a number of mixtapes, albums and music videos and continues to perform the festival circuits still with various bands.
What We Do
Assembly of the creative arts is based in London where Paul now lives.
We provide first class tuition aimed at 7-25 year olds from all backgrounds, including those who are currently out of education, employment or training.
Aimed at young people interested in:
Production & Engineering, DJ, Guitar, African Drumming, Rap-Mc-ing-Singing
Break Dancing, Samba, Capoeira, Drama, Film,
Photography & Media, Arts & Crafts, Graffiti.
Football, Boxing, Basketball
English, French, Spanish, Italian
All of our sessions are delivered specifically for the benefit of the young person’s future career paths in the creative arts and are offered in either group or individual one on one sessions.
Our aim is to inspire the younger generation to explore the creative arts and develop hands-on skills from our carefully selected team of high profile professional tutors, all of whom are currently carving successful careers in their specialist areas.
Why Choose us
Training sessions in all of our specialist subjects are proven to have had a huge positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged youths, including helping them move directly into education or steering them away from crime and onto constructive paths such as film making, events management, music producing, DJ-ing, singing and dancing.
We have a wealth of experience in the area of youth training and education having worked on a large number of previous projects with over 10 years of combined experience.
All members of our team can relate to young people on a personal level and use their wide knowledge of being professional performing artists to create exciting sessions for young people from all backgrounds.
We have worked with young people for the following institutions and events:
The Beat Project
London Urban Arts Academy
Rewards Project- Charity
Music for Change- Charity
Pie Factory Music- Charity
Seven Stars Agency
Rewards Project- Charity
Kent county council
The Arts Council
Glastonbury Music Festival
Lounge on the Farm Music Festival
Greenford Music Festival
HighWorth Grammar School for Girls- Ashford Kent
JFS school- Harrow
Kings International School Bruton- Somerset
IRMO Charity Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organization
Brixton Come Together
Please visit the Teachers page above to see the profiles of our talented tutors
- Paul has been teaching music...
- Pamela Dwyer Actor/Musician Pamela grew...
- Capoeira Teacher-Street Dance artist Contra...
- Contemporary Dance Artist ,Choreographer- Teacher...
- DJ-Skills, Mixing, Beat matching, Performance...
Beth Greenfield – Teacher at JFS school
“Thank you for coming in to JFS yesterday to lead the Gifted and Talented workshops. The students really enjoyed learning how to use Cubase and have been inspired to learn more. They look forward to using the new techniques they have learnt in their lessons. We look forward to working with you again in the future”
Jamie Caddick – Student
“Hey paul you are awesome. I Just wanted to say thank you for what you did with me at the beat project it changed my life”
Heather Vernon– Teacher at Highworth Grammar school
“Hi Paul thank you for coming into High worth Grammar school over the past 6 weeks the young people loved every minute of the sessions and it has inspired them to learn more in music production and lyric writing”
John Gallen– Music Producer
“I have taught Paul to Degree Level at both Canterbury College and The Academy of Contemporary Music.
He is a talented and motivated musician with very good people skills. I am aware of his long experience in youth projects where he has shown a genuine enthusiasm for helping and teaching others”
Steve Carley– CEO The beat project
Paul Barratt has worked for The Beat Project for many years as a freelance tutor / workshop / course facilitator / teacher.
We have always found Paul to be honest, hardworking and creative in his approach. He works well with young people and especially those who may be at risk, vulnerable or having special educational needs.
Paul’s teaching skills are excellent in that he relates well to young people, is calm and listens but can inspire and bring students out of their shell to achieve things they had not thought possible.
We would recommend Paul to any organisation requiring his services”
Lionel Okonkwo -Youth Worker Integrated Youth Services KCC
“Paul Barratt has worked with me over the past six years on a variety of youth focused projects; Paul has been involved in developing, designing and teaching Music Production, Lyric Writing, and Performance Skills to young people. Paul has a great way of communicating with the young people, engaging them right from the beginning to end of each session. Every session Paul has delivered, has very positive outcomes and the completion and success ratio has always been high”[/box]