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Noise Solution's focus on capturing impact and finding a validated means of measuring well-being has led to funding from the Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. This is a huge validation for Noise Solution and a recognition that, when properly evidenced community music can be commissioned as a clinical intervention.

If you are not taking impact capture seriously for the projects you are running then I believe you to be looking down the barrel of a funding gun. It amazes me how many organisations don't collect the simplest of data like attendance or any form of 'story' from their participants. Money is scarce and getting scarcer. Commissioner's and grant givers require evidence that what we do is effective. 

This year the world has gone to hell in a handcart and the news seems to be that it's not going to get better any time soon. Now, more than ever, our work is needed and it's important that we nurture the part that feeds our passion to continue.

Rock Up, where the challenges, at times, have been great - and the rewards have been even greater.

“Early Ears” was a National Foundation for Youth Music funded project delivered by Future Projects in Norwich, in partnership with University Campus Suffolk, Laboratory Media Education, and Music Therapist Ingrid Roberts. The project sought to improve the musical and wider development of children under five in challenging circumstances.
 
Two parallel music programmes were delivered on a weekly basis over two years within early years settings in deprived communities of Norfolk. The first delivered Music Tech sessions using modern devices, apps and software within a free-flow environment. The second consisted of a free-flow community music approach informed by music therapy techniques using acoustic, non-tech instruments.

Exploring the value of authentic young-people centred music provision.