Myleene Klass, Bicep, Kathryn Tickell and Ollie Howell announced as Youth Music ambassadors
Press release: Tuesday 9 April 2019
Youth Music, the national charity that helps young people to change their own lives through music-making, has appointed four new ambassadors. Presenter and multi-instrumentalist Myleene Klass, electronic music duo Bicep, folk musician and band leader Kathryn Tickell and award-winning musician and film composer Ollie Howell.
The ambassadors join Youth Music during a pivotal year in the charity’s history; its 20th anniversary. Over two decades Youth Music has helped to transform the landscape in England, ensuring that children and young people can regularly make music – particularly those who face barriers to take part because of who they are, where they live, or what they are going through.
Youth Music’s new ambassadors are advocates for the powerful role of music-making in young people’s personal and social development. Their work will help the charity to reach even more young people who are dealing with some of the big issues facing our society today – including mental health, isolation, gang violence and social inequality.
Myleene Klass stated: “As a musician, a broadcaster, and a mum, I can think of no better language than music. It has taken me to every corner of the globe and given me opportunities that I never even knew were possible.”
“I wanted to join and support Youth Music because its passion to introduce, inspire and surround children with music is so powerful. It’s inclusive of different abilities and backgrounds and brings everyone together. That’s what music should be about.”
Since its foundation in 1999, three million children and young people – from early years through to early adulthood – have made music across England in projects funded by Youth Music, with support and funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Youth Music’s independent research also highlights that music is a powerful contributor to wellbeing and the effects of making music are even more powerful than listening to it.
Currently, Youth Music invests in more than 350 music-making projects each year, reaching 89,000 children and young people. But it can only invest in 40% of the projects applying for funding. The demand for the charity’s support is ever increasing and Youth Music aims to reach more young people than ever before.
The charity’s new ambassadors recognise the importance of making music for young people and are dedicated to spreading the word on the benefits for individuals as well as communities.
Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson from Bicep said:
“When we were younger, we were lucky enough to have a couple of breakthrough moments working with other producers who were much more experienced than us. They opened our eyes and ears up to the possibilities of reaching our full potential as music producers.
“We have decided to support Youth Music as we love the idea of enabling other young people to have similar experiences and hope to be able to contribute towards better facilities and resources for young musicians.”
Kathryn Tickell said:
“Music can be a career, a hobby, entertainment, but for some people it is literally a life-saver. The power of music to help with self-esteem, confidence, concentration, communication and social skills is incredible, and vastly underrated. I know many young people whose lives have been transformed by music and I am a passionate supporter of the incredible work done by Youth Music.”
Ollie Howell said:
“The musical support and opportunities I received growing up not only helped fuel my career as a professional musician, but also helped me through my recovery of multiple brain surgeries. The impact music can have on someone, and particularly young people, is simply unparalleled, and sadly not all children have the much-needed access to it growing up.”
“I strongly share Youth Music's vision that all young people deserve the right to have access and opportunities for music wherever they are, and that could potentially lead to changing their lives. It’s a great honour to be an Ambassador for such a wonderful and important organisation.”
Matt Griffiths, Youth Music CEO said:
“I’m thrilled that Myleene, Bicep, Kathryn and Ollie have joined us in our mission to support young people’s lives in music. They know themselves how making music creates a personal, social and musical difference – not only when they were growing up, but in their subsequent careers too. We know that so many more young people want and deserve this opportunity and it’s our job to make that happen.”