Youth Music kick-starts 88 new music projects
New projects throughout England have been given over £4m in funding by Youth Music to provide music-making opportunities for children and young people. This brings the total funds awarded over the last year to £7.8 million.
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Matt Griffiths, Executive Director of Youth Music said:
“We know that in times of austerity more young people are slipping through the net. There are many organisations out there who believe in the power of music and want to transform the lives of young people in their locality. Our grants go some way towards making this happen.
"Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of funding to distribute and we had to turn down £10m worth of applications in this funding round. This means many young people, particularly those who are hardest to reach, may miss out on the benefits that music making can have on their lives.
"We appeal to music lovers everywhere to support Youth Music so that we can help those with the least “
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Catalyst Performing Arts in Liverpool is receiving a grant of over £93,000 to run music-making workshops for young people and promote live music events for them.
Ian Ellington, Project Manager and Artistic Director of Catalyst Performing Arts, said:
“This funding will help to change the lives of so many young people here in Liverpool. It will give those who have never played any musical instruments before the chance to experience the thrill of playing together and performing live for the first time in their lives.
"For many of the young people who come to Catalyst, English is their second language, but through music they can all learn to communicate their stories and experiences to each other.”
Key Changes, an organisation providing music activities across four London boroughs for young people with severe psychiatric illnesses, received a grant of over £40,000.
Peter Leigh, General Manager of Key Changes said:
“Youth Music will be supporting our project for young people receiving treatment in forensic mental health units. The money will enable patients to access pop-up music studio facilities which, along with mentoring support, will make a significant contribution to their recovery.”
See the list of all the organisations awarded funding.