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Autistic Musicians Protection Society

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Hi everybody, 

I'm looking for advice and support for my new project. I'm diagnosed Aspergers, OCD and ADHD. I’m also currently a BA HONS Music Business 3rd year student going on to do MA next year at Westminster. As part of my final year at my current university, ICMP, I must deliver a service, product or company successfully. 

I already have a profitable company/brand called ATR or All The Rage so I decided to embrace my autistic side and created a service called AMPS or Autistic Musicians Protection Society. AMPS is a free, not for profit service for people at all levels of talent, age and geographical location who encounter ASD as part of their musical careers or environments. We want to work with the whole spectrum of ASD and people from the biggest artists to the children with a special interest in music.

It's core objectives is to work within the autism support network and the professional music industry to offer advice, guidance, support, education, problem solving and awareness for both autistic musicians and the professional companies that will engage with them. The deliverables will be arranging events locally and nationally to encourage clients to meet each other and have some social interaction with each other. I already have a primitive website and an active social media presence which will grow with active bloggers, webinars and connectivity exercises for people who find being in social environments to easy. 

Along with that I am planning educational visits to colleges/universities with music programs to create awareness of the importance of autism and how to handle autistic musicians in all situations. There is so much of society we can integrate in but as with all start-ups’ I need to offer quality. My biggest flaw is that although I have ASD, I am not somebody to offer any solid advice other than what works for me. In this new field I will need to export behaviour issues to more expert people, however I am more than qualified to deal with issues on the complexity of the music industry. 

Is there a person or professional entity that would be willing to support my organisation in the answering of subjective issues that are outside of my scope and more importantly is there anyone to avoid advice from? Any support I can generate will be wholly received. Any connections I make will be managed responsibly as AMPS grows into the organisation it deserves. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing your opinions and your feedback.

Karl Mulgrew 

Jeremi Korhonen

January 10, 2018 - 2:57pm

Hello Karl!

 

I hope that you have received answers to your questions and AMPS has started to grow. I'm afraid I don't have the answers you seek, but I write to you rather because I am currently conducting research exploring the ways in which individuals on the spectrum tend to experience, perceive and engage with emotions in music, and I thought perhaps you could help me out in reaching out to potential participants for my research.

Specifically, the experiment is done online and involves listening to clips of music and answering some questions about their emotional content. It takes about 30 minutes to complete, has approval from the ethical review board of the University of Glasgow (where I study), and can be done anywhere at any convenient time on any computer browser except Safari. 

I'm therefore seeking adolescent/adult participants with an autism spectrum diagnosis to complete the experiment. As you seem to be interested in the connection that individuals on the spectrum have with music, and you seem to have an active social media presence about the subject, I kindly ask that you share this link with your networks. Any help to reach potential participants would be much appreciated! It would be fantastic if you could also complete the experiment yourself :)

 

Kind regards,

Jeremi Korhonen (email: 2096288K@student.gla.ac.uk)