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

Over the past few years a network has been forming across the UK of organisations and individuals working in partnership with healthcare services to provide music making programmes in hospitals, hospices and community settings. This network has now formed an Alliance so that we can advocate for our work with one strong, coherent voice.

Please visit our website here and consider joining the Alliance if you or your organisation identifies with our aims and mission: http://www.namih.org/

Vote for Music The South East’s leading music charity Rhythmix has been nominated for the Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016. The Charity has been selected from 600 nominations to compete in a public vote from 22 June against six other projects, with an awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on the 9th of September to announce the winners. The public can vote to support Rhythmix at this link: http://bit.do/voterhythmix

  • by MuFu

    Mon 20 Jun 2016

Want to help more kids make music in schools?
Take our Make Music 2 Make Music challenge!

We recently delivered an intensive 2 day programme Re-write Your Story to a group of 8 young people in YOI Wetherby. The programme aims were to encourage recognition of negative behaviours and teach how to look at the future differently through music. Through the use of story writing and poetry young people will learn how to create lyrics, music and songs for self-expression. The workshops were underpinned by the use of restorative practices to support recognition of anti-social or criminal behaviour to encourage positive decision making and staying away from criminality and gangs

Funded by Youth Music, Sound Connections’ Innovate programme strives to enable emerging practitioners and smaller organisations to create new musical approaches and ideas for working with disadvantaged young people.

At Creative Futures, as part of our Early Years project ‘Music for Change’ in north Westminster, we’ve been lucky to work with NHS Speech & Language Therapists (SLT) from Central London Community Healthcare. The collaboration is taking place in nurseries, as part of the SLTs’ role to support Early Years Professionals in the identification and nurturing of children with emerging or low-lying speech & language delay.

In spring 2015, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was awarded funding through Sound Connections’ Innovate Fund to pilot and launch a brand-new children’s orchestra for young musicians in Thamesmead and Erith, Bexley. Delivered in partnership with Bird College – the borough’s Music Service and lead Music Education Hub partner – the Bexley North Borough Orchestra was created to provide children aged 9-10 (Year 5) with a progression route to continue their musical development following the borough’s provision of First Access whole-class instrumental tuition for all Year 4 pupils.

Funded by Sound Connections’ Innovate Fund, the London Gay Men’s Chorus Sing Out project used song-writing to explore issues faced by young LBGT people and empower them to express themselves creatively, improving their musicianship and well-being.

Following huge success in the first and second year, the Wired4Music Leadership Programme is back! 

Awards of £1000 are available for groups and organisations working with young people and using music for health and rehabilitation purposes.

As part of the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts programme, the children prepared for a performance on International Roma Day 9th April 2016. Rapper Remi joined the children over several workshops to develop the children’s song-writing skills. 

The Kámoši Juniors Group were fortunate to be joined by Sashwati and Wellington from The Satellite State Disko, a troupe of Manchester DJ’s who create unique and exceptional Eastern-European, Balkan, Gypsy beats and blends.