Lion Mountain Studio
Lion Mountain Studio is a community project initiated and controlled by members of Sydney's Sierra Leon community. The project was devised
to assist people from Sierra Leon and other African communities gain access and training in music making and recording in an informal structure with the long term goal of building the communities own capacity for creative expression in a computerised and on-line media environment.
To achieve this the project focuses primarily upon building technical skills in music production and recording through songwriting and music creation-based activities.
The project has a training space provided through in kind support from Radio Skid Row and aside from a coordinator and specialist presenters, the project is run by volunteer producers and engineers.
Project participants often begin with a low level of computer literacy, the program seeks to build these skills along the way. Through the on-line release of music produced in the project, the participants have had the opportunity to tell their story to a wide and varied audience. Project participants have identified their participation in the project as assisting greatly in their self esteem, mental health as well as technical and computer based skills.