A home for the unheard artist

A new music programme that challenges what it means to be an artist. We will inspire new creations by breaking down the borders between art forms and encourage unexpected collaborations.  

Guided through the year by artists and leading professionals, each member of the Collective will develop their artistry, grow their brand and become more industry savvy, accessing the information you need to know to up your skills in the industry. 

The Collective is open to young people aged 16-25, with experience of homelessness, poverty and inequity, who have an interest in making art. You could be a musician, designer, events manager, producer, vocalist, social media guru, stylist or don’t know where your current interest fits, that’s also okay, we want you in the Collective too. 

We will be closing the group to new Members from 28 September so the Cardboard Collective participants can focus on creating content and working towards a sharing at Rich Mix on Friday 16 December.  

Please email aliyah@cardboardcitizens.org.uk or Call/Text/WhatsApp on 07549 792 148 for more information on Cardboard Collective.


14 September – Workshop: How to create a live event

A creative, interactive, and practical Event Production workshop delivered by Dan Tsu (Glastonbury Festival, Roundhouse, Lyrix Organix). A toolbox for event makers of all levels of experience, hear stories from the frontline of the Live Music industry specialising in grassroots and independent artists. There will be a special focus on how to create event concepts, bring your ideas to life (on time) and how to promote your show!

– Production and timelines
– Event concept and design
– Intro to marketing and promotion

21 September – Workshop: Developing Vocal Techniques

Wolfie will be building on her previous masterclass session focusing on vocal techniques, vocal wellbeing and song writing.

This Term

Across this 13 week term, the Cardboard Collective Members will be working with the following artists to curate their own event focusing on; developing vocal techniques and wellbeing, song writing skills, creating sound, using live instruments, jamming and learning the tools on how to produce and create a live event. 


Artists Biographies

Dan Tsu

Dan Tsu is a creative director, event producer, educator, and founder of underground movement Lyrix Organix (est. 2009). He designs and delivers digital and physical youth education programmes across music, spoken word, social action, entrepreneurship, and event management.

Dan is co-founder of Glastonbury Festival’s Rum Shack – where he worked with the Akala, Kojey Radical, Kae Tempest, ENNY, Mike Skinner and Ed Sheeran.


Xana Image Credit Phyllys Egharevba Smaller Copy

Xana is a freestyle live loop musician, sound artist, vibrational sound designer, archival audio producer, audio researcher, spatial audio installation artist and theatremaker, who deconstructs words to make improvisational performances. Xana is a music tech lead at music research label Inventing Waves, which develops accessible sound systems for spaces.



NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire audiences across the UK through engaging participation projects and impactful live performances. They believe in the positive impact of participatory music-making on young people’s well-being, their attainment levels, and their personal and social development.

The Jam sessions will be hosted by Flo (Floetic Lara Lee) a spoken word artist, poet, singer and songwriter. Flo, was a finalist on BBC’s The Voice in 2015 and was a youth ambassador for the UK.



Wolfie is a singer/songwriter/producer who fuses R&B and Soul. She has garnered support from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Trevor Nelson, and Charlie Sloth. She has supported The Internet on their UK sold-out tour and performed in London venues and the UK’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend. She’s been featured on The Fader, Noisey, Pigeons & Planes, and PopJustice. Her work is deeply infused with mystery, consciousness and rooted to her rich Romani gypsy heritage.

Dates and Times

Wednesday 28 September 2022 -Wednesday 21 December 2022