Polly’s Big Music Project

Polly is a trans woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and kicked out of home. Here is how The Big Music Project helped her.

Over the next few months, we’ll be telling you some of the amazing stories from our hubs up and down the UK and Ireland. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and of all the hard work done by our hub workers and awesome champions. Here’s Polly’s story…

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Polly’s Background

Before The Big Music Project, Polly did not really have any focus with her projects and work. She has faced various barriers in her life.

Polly is a trans woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and as a result feels like she can’t communicate as efficiently as her peers. At the age of 16, Polly was thrown out of home. She suffered from intense bullying, battled with alcohol and drug addiction and was the victim of hate crimes and an assault.

Polly’s Big Music Project

Polly decided to take part in The Big Music Project because it would give her a chance to interact with other people in a similar situation with different skill sets.

Throughout her Big Music Project, Polly put on gigs, helped with music production and putting together a charity single. This helped Polly develop her communication skills and offered her a support network of peers.

Polly has said that, like all projects, there were “times when things didn’t work but there were also good times where we came together as a cohesive unit and solved our problems” and she found the project “positive and rewarding”.

What’s next?

Now, Polly has released 4 albums under her professional alias, has a more positive outlook on the music industry, made new friends through the project and her confidence has grown.

When we asked Polly how The Big Music Project has changed her life, she said “I have experienced things that I would never have experienced and I would not be the same person today, if it hadn’t been for TBMP”