Youth Music creates thousands of music-making opportunities for young people in challenging circumstances
Eighty music organisations to benefit from charity’s investment of over £6.8m
Youth Music now supports over 400 music projects around the country providing music-making opportunities for children and young people facing significant challenges in their lives. These may arise from economic issues, from disability or lifelong health conditions, mental health or behavioural issues and from other life circumstances including living in rural isolation, being a young carer or refugee.
Today we announced grants for 80 organisations in England supporting a wide range of projects: from music programmes for young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), to choir projects giving young carers respite from their responsibilities, and weekend colleges developing creative work challenging negative stereotypes of young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer at Youth Music said:
“The grant awards announced today will provide thousands of opportunities to support young people’s life-long engagement with music. Our focus on the development of personal and social skills, as well as musicality, will ensure that many of the participants attending Youth Music projects will have a life-changing experience.”
The announcement also included grants for 13 strategic partner organisations around the country who will work with us over the next three years to help realise our aim of creating a musically inclusive England. Youth Music wants to see all children have access to music-making opportunities, regardless of circumstances. Many of those attending our projects would otherwise be unable access a music education.
Strategic partners include Sage Gateshead in the North East. The aim of their project is to provide a range of high quality musical activities to enable children and young people in challenging circumstances to progress personally, musically and socially through sustained engagement.
Steve Jinski, Head of Youth Participation at Sage Gateshead said:
“This funding will enable us to provide sustained musical provision for young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Our focus will be on those who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), those who are looked after and those with special educational needs. It will enable us to make real progress not just in terms of music-making but also in helping participants to become more confident and resilient, qualities that can be carried into all aspects of their lives.”
ADHD Solutions CIC in Leicester has become the first organisation to receive Youth Music funding for a music project specifically focused on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Research has shown that music in all forms can have a very therapeutic effect on ADHD, improving self-esteem, social skills and relationships.
Youth Music is supported by Arts Council England, People’s Postcode Lottery and by charitable donations, included money raised through our Give a Gig fundraising initiative.