Who we are, collaborators & aims
Collaborations with musicians & communities who have moved to the UK
from around the World.
Art and music are important avenues through which the questions of identity, social cohesion and integration can be explored and stereotypes can be countered. Working collaboratively with musicians with diverse heritages from around the World. Supporting and documenting music projects made by people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Established in 2009, Best Foot Music is an intercultural music and art organisation. We aim to encourage social inclusion and cultural diversity by supporting, promoting and documenting the music and arts of communities and individuals who have moved to the UK from around the World.
Please note; we are a volunteer run organisation, however musicians booked through us should be paid appropiately for their work.
Work includes: Music recordings and documentation (see music pages) Event Production. Supporting artists in developing their own projects. Booking artists for events held by other organisations. Community and artist support work and fundraising. When we can we also document events held by similar organisations, and can work in an advisory role for those wanting to organise their own events.
Selected Collaborations: Giles Duley’s ‘Legacy OF War' Music Action International The Aga Khan Development Network Glyndebourne Opera House The Southbank Centre Sussex Syrian Community Group Sussex Kurdish Community Group The British Library Continental Drifts Platforma Arts Refugee Radio Cohesion Plus Same Sky Brighton Sanctuary on Sea The Hummingbird Project Thousand for Thousand Brighton And Hove City Council Sussex University (School of Global Studies) Lloyds Bank Foundation/Unbound Philanthropy
Dr Laila Kadiwal is Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Education, University College London. Laila has specialist interests in the role of education, youth and teachers in conflict and peace building. Her interest lies in thinking through how an ‘identity as freedom’ approach can help in addressing some of the questions of social divisions to facilitate the building of equitable and inclusive interrelationships. Laila has founded Education for Peace project and co-runs Best Foot Music
Phillip Minns established Best Foot Music in 2009. His main responsibilities include music recording, artist and community liaison, event and project management. He runs community workshops and presentations, and is responsible for the day to day running of Best Foot Music.
Research Work & Student Projects:
It's nice to be asked and, we are happy to help if we can, But please be aware, we get asked quite a lot, we are all volunteers and for some people sharing memories of the past can be a traumatic experience. Thanks.