East Midlands

To help refugee and asylum seeking children in Nottingham to find their voices through music making, helping them to meet new people, develop friendships and integrate into their new communities through shared activities, whilst retaining a link to their own cultures through making and sharing music

 'Countryside Chords' project participants learning a wonderful song from Jordan, with Jordanian artiste Sahar, who was visitng UK as part of the British Council World Voices project. 

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Over the last ten years, East Midlands-based arts organisation OPUS Music has grown to become one of the leading UK providers of music-making in healthcare settings.

OPUS’s musicians are experts at engaging patients, visitors and hospital staff in music-making. OPUS also runs training programmes and apprenticeships for musicians in healthcare, and has been central in building a national network of professionals working in the field.

OPUS co-founder Nick Cutts spoke to us about how Youth Music funding has helped the organisation to develop, and the impact he’s seen first-hand.

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Sound Control is an action research project that NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust) is running in partnership with the Computing Department at Goldsmiths University of London. The goal of the project is to collaborate with children and young people with special needs and disabilities in designing, developing and building bespoke digital musical instruments personalised for their unique needs.

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On Thursday 19th October, we ran our first major Musical Inclusion SEN/D Conference scheduled as part of our current Youth Music Fund B project, “Music Forge”. The conference was designed to showcase the full range of our musical inclusion activities along with SEN/D projects being delivered by some of our Hub Delivery Partners. The target audience consisted of school teachers and music/arts specialists working within special schools and DSP units across Northamptonshire and Rutland (NB: NMPAT is the lead organisation for both the Northamptonshire and Rutland Music Education Hubs). 

FAB! is an annual action-packed day for Looked After Children in Lincolnshire ran by soundLINCS, as part of our FundC Fusion programme. 

For the past five years it has combined a presentation ceremony for children and young people from all over Lincolnshire with a huge diversity of music and arts activities based around a chosen theme. There was also a long service Award Ceremony for Foster Carers as well as a Foster Carers Conference giving them the opportunity to learn and liaise with other carers.

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