Rachel Nelken

Rachel is CEO Raw Material, freelance facilitator and consultant – Rachel’s 20+ years in the creative sector have included work with many high-profile and grassroots arts organisations designing, developing, and running creative programmes for communities, developing artists, producing events and shows, and working with strategic music funders. Senior roles include Head of Creative Programmes at The Albany in Deptford from 2017-2019, and Senior Producer at the Roundhouse in Camden 2013-2017.

As CEO for NPO Raw Material Music and Media, Rachel is redefining and growing the Brixton based charity. She has developed new representative and reflective governance, collective leadership and cultural democracy structures, raising over £1m towards the programme and building development. Rachel is a Trustee for Youth Music and a parent to 2 lively and opinionated teens. She is passionate about the creative arts and music of all genres and is a keen musician, currently studying jazz cello.

Raw Material Music and Media is a community arts and creative enterprise hub based in Brixton. Our purpose-built 3-storey building hosts 2 recording studios, computer suite, DJ, music and video production equipment and a live room for performance, workshops and ensemble work. Our specialism is music as a creative tool for self-expression, and we have supported thousands of young people and adults to create, produce and perform new music.

Originally founded in 1993, Raw is funded by Arts Council England and many other charitable trusts. We work with young people developing their creative careers and adults experiencing mental ill health through our award-winning Raw Sounds Programme which offers a range of creative participatory opportunities in sound, music, lyric writing, artist development and performance. This includes ‘In Reach’ an outreach programme bringing Raw Sounds to hospital mental health wards across South London.


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