NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC CHARITY SUPPORTS NEW MUSIC PROJECTS ACROSS THE NORTH WEST WITH GRANTS TOTALLING £492,000
Music project on Moss Estate, Macclesfield awarded £47,000 grant
The National Foundation for Youth Music today announced support for a range of music-making projects in the North West with new grants totalling £492,000. This brings Youth Music's total aid over the last year in the region to over £1.5m, against the backdrop of a challenging fundraising climate for many music and arts organisations.
The Cre8 Music Project, based on the Moss Estate in Macclesfield, works with disadvantaged young people by offering them a chance to develop their musical talent and has been awarded a grant of £47,000. It provides music tuition, performance opportunities and recording experience at their tailor-made facilities, offering an extra-curricular music education to young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity. It also provides young people with employment opportunities to help subsidise the cost of the music lessons.
In the latest round of grant allocations, Youth Music has invested £3.3m nationally bringing the total amount of funding awarded this year to music organisations across England to £10.2m. Projects looking after children and young people in challenging circumstances have particularly benefited, in line with Youth Music's vision to ensure that all children have access to music-making opportunities, regardless of background or circumstances. These include children coping with disability and special educational needs, seriously ill young people in hospital, young people in care and those facing homelessness or exclusion.
Eighty per cent of young people taking part in projects supported by the music charity are experiencing challenging circumstances. Youth Music has also focused on early years music -making with support for a number of music projects for children aged five and under.
Tom Wardle, CRE8 youth worker and project manager says: "The project has been a real success in the community and we are grateful to Youth Music for providing us the opportunity to help further develop the project and the talented young people involved. We are passionate about offering musical opportunities to disadvantaged young people and empowering them to let music make a positive impact in their lives."
Matt Griffiths, Youth Music's Executive Director said: "We focus on early years and young people in challenging circumstances because we want to see every child being able to access music-making opportunities in their local area and these children are frequently overlooked. We support projects working across all music genres, and we know that many young people find these opportunities to make music exciting and rewarding, frequently increasing their engagement at school and with potential future employment opportunities. We wish this CRE8 project and all those in the North West the very best with these exciting new music-making ventures."
Youth Music is supported by Arts Council England with national lottery funds, by People's Postcode Lottery and through its own fundraising campaigns, including Give a Gig.
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