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Photo Credit: Stratford Circus Arts Centre / Rob Harris, Generate 2016

Do you work with a creative young person whose music project idea is ready to come to life? Are they aged 16-25 and signed up to Wired4Music, the music network for young Londoners? They can now apply for grants between £500 – £2,000 and support to get their project off the ground!

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. 

A new partnership programme between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) will fund and evaluate a series of cultural learning projects taking place in English schools. Deadline for applications: 15th February 2017. Please see post for more details.

We have just launched our Christmas Campaign - raising money to support our life-changing arts activities over 2017 for homeless and vulnerable people in London and beyond

18th November 2016: We submitted our two year Arts Council England Strategic National Touring application, that will include additional resources for our youth percission group beyond the life of its current funding. If we are successful it will see our group touring to carnivals in Southport, Northampton, Deighton, St Helens, Beeston and Edinburgh. This award will potentially see the percussion group collaborating with our carnival youth dance group and interacting with some of our new large-scale costumes that will be developed for touring. Finger crossed we will know the result of the application in Feb 2017.

Everyone comes away from Brighton Soup smiling, happy to be part of a community that has supported a charity. But people naturally feel bad that they can’t give to all of the groups who come to Soup.

Well, we’re here to tell you that as a “losing” charity, we came away smiling from Soup too, even if we didn’t get the pot of money on the night.

Amber (21) is a volunteer and part of the Youth Music Reprezent training programme, has written from the heart about classism, austerity and how grime music's relation to poorer areas has been to some degree weaponised by journalists to belittle tragic loss.

Following the deaths of two young aspiring musicians from South East London, a minority of journalists chose to use these deaths to provide a context for articles that were arguably written to cause controversy, sell papers or bait for clicks.

Reprezent works with a lot of young people from these areas who are aspiring artists and have been a starting point for several high profile careers (Stormzy, Novelist, Lady Leshurr, Section Boys). Whilst grime music has elements of 'realness', it is questionable for a journalist to use one persons aspirations to succeed as a musician as an indicator that they were more likely to die than someone else.

Anyway, this is Ambers story...

Haringey Shed have been commissioned by a production company, to be the community partner in a music project sponsored by Levi’s, to deliver a six-week music programme.

With funding from  the National Foundation for Youth Music, we have trained 42 EYFS staff  from eleven schools in the city of Salford to deliver our Can Do Music programme.

  • by Rhythmix

    Mon 26 Sep 2016 - 1 comment

Rhythmix was a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2016, but we didn’t win the award. Miriam, our Campaigns Manager, reflects on why as a Youth Music funded organisation you should nominate yourself for an award next year, and why winning isn’t everything.

Back in 2011, the National Plan for Music Education was published, with great aplomb.  It stated that ““children from all backgrounds and every part of England” should have “…equality of opportunity … regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked after”.  

  • by Rhythmix

    Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 1 comment

We are excited to announce the launch of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare!