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Wouldn’t it be nice to start a young carers choir, I thought to myself, two years ago. The idea came to me after I started teaching myself guitar at the age of 25 and found, to my surprise, that I could sing. But I had no musical qualifications or experience. I didn’t come from a musical family or a musical background and had never had lessons before. All I knew was that music had changed something inside of me, it had healed me and I thought that maybe it would have the same effect on the young carers I worked with. This is the story of the Hampshire Young Carers Choir...

In December 2015, the Hampshire Young Carers Choir, funded by Youth Music, worked with Musicians at Newtwon Studio to perfrom at Southampton Football stadium for the STAR awards.

BBC Young Jazz Musician semi-finalist, jazz saxophonist Asha (age 16) has less than 24 hours to go on her Voices Beyond Divisions appeal to create an intercultural children's choir to encourage mutual tolerance and counter extreme radicalism of young people.  As with the East-West Divan Orchestra and other well-known projects, it's trying to use music as a unifying force for social and political change.The idea is to counter extremist radicalisation of young people. There'll be fun games and workshops, input from charities like Syria Relief and a performance of a work specially written for the choir (by Asha) at St. James Piccadilly on November 12th 2016

The good news is that she's now raised enough to go ahead - a bit more than shows on the Crowdfunder site in fact as some were baffled by the online faff and just sent cheques instead.

We're still looking for some more to fund all of the planned activities, so if you're able to pledge (even £2 will help more children to take part), the route is open until 20th April at 10.10 pm and all contributions will be gratefully received!


  • by Dove

    Fri 8 Apr 2016

The impact of the Youth Music funding to support WAC Arts Upnorth a Showrunners project... Finally came to a huge crucendo in The MISUNDERSTOOD youth festival at The City Of Liverpool College Arts Centre where Showrunners & WAC is based. Many young people from across Liverpool and Greater Merseyside and prodominantely from BAME, Low Income and Deprived communities had a platform to Perform, Discuss and Share why they feel they are Misunderstood at School, by Parents, their Peers and Society...
The Mind The WAC - Infomercial gives you an insight into the world of these young artists from week to week throught this amazing project. Which we are empowering young people to change their world!!!!
Dove Ross-Williams and Paul Kincade Showrunners Directors

The Music Education Council is a non-party political organisation that simply strives to ‘promote and advance the education and training of the public in music’.

The Kingsway Theatre provided opportunites for young musicians to perform to local audiences in Harwich Essex.  In the last five years regular gigs and shows were run along with a live events apprenticeship programme the venue closed in October 2015. 

The Bedlington Brass initiative has received a major boost with sponsorship from Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth.

Community Melodies began in October 2015, with a selection of Year 9 and 10 students from three secondary schools in Birmingham. The project aims to educate and empower the students through learning about community music, as well as provide them with opportunities to build skills that can be directly applied in their future working lives. All of the schools have had regular training sessions from passionate community musicians, each with experience in working in healthcare settings, who work with the young people to develop their leadership, presentation and team-working skills. The project concludes with each school visiting the Paediatric Unit of Heartlands Hospital, where the students will lead their own interactive music workshop for the patients.

This project was set up by the Arts Department of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, with the financial assistance of Youth Music and the Eric W Vincent Trust. Community Melodies takes place in the East of Birmingham, a large and impoverished area. The schools involved are Waverley School, Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Hodge Hill College. Community Melodies sessions are run by three groups of facilitators from M&Em Music, Bridge Arts, and MF Community Music CIC.

Find out more at:, or follow the Arts Department of HEFT on Twitter (@heftartsdept)

An approach that's today seen us awarded a share in a contract worth £1 million a year - for two to three years, from Cambridge County Council, to help deliver out of school provision. When combined with contracts we've already secured with the NHS, potentially for five years, we start to establish a stable plurality of funding that's diverse and non grant orientated.

If you're looking to make a life in music but need help with the costs of your musical journey join singer songwriter Kiera Osment now and apply to our 2016 Awards. Whatever instrument you play AYM makes annual grants of up to £2,000.

I’ve been working a lot recently on problems; not challenges; problems. Things that need fixing. Take, for example, the fact that there are a great deal of opportunities for young people to make music and realise their musical potential. On the matrix of music (don’t ask me to draw it, please) they range from the super-formal, to the mega-zany and include lots of examples of stuff that is in more than one place on the continuum at the same time (which is why I don’t want to draw it). One very significant problem is that there is next to nothing for musically-inclined young people (yeah, I know they pretty much all are) who have a special educational need and/or are disabled. Sure, there is some stuff. Some organisations do really good stuff. But, on the grand scheme of things, it’s just stuff. If the funding stops, so does the stuff. 

A look at where Make Some Noise is now with one of its Music Education Hub partners, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Music Education Hub and a collaboration to increase universal access to whole class music making