MOBO award winning rapper Akala will be holding a workshop for Breakthrough Music Project on Friday the 5th of May at Teesside University.

Song, Rhyme & Playtime - An early years music project based at Bideford Bay Children's Centre

A project that looks to bring together Downs Syndrome support groups through musical collaboration; training and mentoring for young female musicians; music technology with children and young people in challenging circumstances; and music and play in palliative care, all make up Sound Connections Innovate programme 2017.

We are proud to announce that the 2017-18 Sound Connections Early Years Apprentice Programme is now open for applications.

On the cusp of an exciting new project!

We wanted to share with you some observations from a Music Leader who has been working with Cymaz Music for the last few months. As part of the induction process for Music Leaders they must observe other sessions, assist on sessions and then they may be ready to take on leading on their own. Here is what Alex wrote about his experiences and observations of working with Cymaz Music in Cornwall.

Ruth Spargo and Cecily Smith, our Fledgling musicians have completed two residencies on Ward 81, the Burns Unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The first was in September last year and the second in January to February this year. They have written about the inspiration for the project, the magical world of music they created and some of the challenges they faced working in such an isolated department. The featured image shows an example of the art work in the Burns Unit created by Lime Art (photos copyright Lime Art):

LIME Music for Health and Ward 83 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have been featured in a special, dedicated, CBeebies Radio programme, all about life in hospital and music-making with patients, families and staff. The show features Ros Hawley, Holly Marland and Mark Fisher, Specialist Musicians from the LIME Music for Health team who deliver a programme of music at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; staff from Ward 83, including John Smith - Play Specialist, Dr Stuart Wilkinson - Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Dr Grace Vassallo, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as well as some of the patients on the ward. The programme was narrated by Angharad Rhodes, a.k.a Melody from CBeebies. The following link will take you to the programme on the CBeebies website to have a listen -




I am a professional music tutor, music performer accordionist and am wondering if the are any available concerts etc. where I could perform?

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Over the past year we've been working with 15 Young Grime Musicians in Lewisham. Whilst we have been developing Grime musicians for a number of year this was the first time we had under taken a project of this nature. Although 15 young adults doesn't sound like a large group, when you have a diverse range of needs and musical talents it can feel huge.


From our experience the real key isn't the musical skills but getting participants to see their potential, the opportunities available to them and to have the right mindset. Social media creates a very distorted/false impression of who is successful and having a longterm career. In particular, social media creates a filter bubble where many young people aren't exposed to what is going on in the wider music industry and other music styles. This can lead to them having an unrealistic expectations and impressions of what is required to be successful. 


Once a young person understands the musical landscape the next step is for them to find their musical identity. For many young people teenage years are a process of discovering and becoming comfortable with who they are and their identity. Knowing who you are as a person and as a musician gives you tremendous purpose and clarity which translates into good music. For some they arrived with this fully formed for others it was something that was slowly shaped over the course of the project by being exposed to different styles of music and conversations enabling the person to explore new ideas.


These conversations were equally as important as the technical parts of the programme. We soon realised that smaller groups were essential to keep focus and engagement. Having multiple rooms and home studios to work in enabled this to work well. What surprised us most was how within these smaller groups the young people taught each other at times rather


Its is scary the improvement that can be made in a year with the right application. What was most interesting was although everyone improved the ones that really achieved success were in the bottom half of our assessment at the beginning but had the right attitude. Going forward we want to improve this initial assessment (in terms of music, mental health, and support network) process as we think it can save so much time understanding a young person and how they can improve.


There were lots of things we learned and can improve on including:


Partnerships with organisations that have non music skills and knowledge such as mental health, and homeless are essential to effectively support vulnerable young people. There were a very diverse range of needs within our group was


Success of an individual within a group can be the best way of demonstrating pathways, progression routes and creating extra opportunities without any extra cost.


Working with young musicians can be incredibly rewarding but can also be very difficult for staff when things don't go to plan. Its important to ensure staff have support and encouragement during these times.


It doesn’t matter who the messenger for the skills you are trying to teach sometimes it can be more effective from someone outside your organisation or even just demonstrated eg for producers trying to make club music to learn first hand from being in club.


The right people and ideas is more important than equipment

A description of the second outdoor day of the Positive Pathways / Nature Beats course. 

BCB Radio in Bradford worked with BBC 1Xtra to provide a masterclass on how to break into the Media industry. The Media landscape has gone through some big changes. Mainstream Media has to adapt to ensure it's still revelent and reflects the audiences interests. This has meant that the skill set needed to break into the industry has also changed. 

In this post we hear from Radio Presenters and Producers from Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra. They give top tips and advice into how to break into the Music and Media Industry!