We're now three years into the National Plan for Music Education. Here's my thoughts on what needs to happen in the next phase.

To support children eligible for Free School Meals additional funding was made available to provide a range of opportunities. This gave our music team the chance to create and lead their own summer schools targeting their most vulnerable students for an effective and smooth transition from Years 6 to 7.

We are inviting Sound Connections members to submit inspiring proposals for our ninth round of Innovate funding.

What is the Arts Award Access Fund?

The Access Fund provides grants of between £100-£1500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue.

Arts Council England wants to understand the career needs and barriers for every artist in the music industry and get your input to help determine the future of music artist support in England.

  • by Tomas

    Tue 18 Aug 2015

The Virgin Money Foundation has announced its first round of funding, which is open to organisations that achieve long term impact in communities in the North East of England.

  • by Tomas

    Thu 13 Aug 2015

The Newcastle Fund allows the Council and its partners to support organisations working to meet the needs of people in Newcastle. It allows the Council to support initiatives which may not be suitable for larger scale commissioned services. The Newcastle Fund is more appropriate for smaller sums of money, where the proposal for a service or community capacity comes from the sector itself. It therefore provides scope for local innovation, and support for organisations whose main objective is to support the needs of a community, rather than the delivery of a pre-specified service.

Music projects for children and young people coping with special educational needs, disabilities, sensory impairment and unemployment set to benefit.

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  • by Tomas

    Fri 26 Jun 2015

In May we delivered our first ever Grantholder Gathering in the North West. Our gathering at Band on the Wall (home of great live music for over 200 years) gave us the perfect opportunity to meet new Grantholders, share learning and practice from existing projects and to communicate the important policies and procedures of Youth Music.

Recognition that the sectors approach has validity in impacting on wellbeing came in the form, this month, of Noise Solution being asked to partner with the Suffolk wellbeing service.