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Fund A Awards Update – Rounds 17 and 18

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We’re delighted to announce that 43 projects all around the country successfully received funding from us in our A17 round in March, with a further 32 projects the A18 round in June. Fund A provides grants of up to £30,000 to smaller organisations or projects that will help to achieve a musically inclusive England.

Projects receiving new investment include:

Creative Optimistic Visions in the West Midlands which will deliver an urban arts programme, giving young people tools to make positive life choices through lyricism, poetry and music.

The Goodwin Development Trust in Yorkshire who will work with young people in the 16-25 age bracket who face various barriers and are not in education, employment or training (NEET). This project will give the opportunity for people to learn fundamental practical and theoretical music skills, create their own compositions and perform to audiences at established venues.

Greenwich Music School – who will run a project with the aim to increase integration of early years music into day-to-day childcare, enabling parents and early years professionals to support children’s musical development. This will include weekly music sessions at children’s centres and a programme of nursery sessions.

AudioActive works with young people at the meeting point of technology and contemporary youth culture. They’ll be continuing their existing flagship project, Sessions, an open-access workshop and performance programme across East and West Sussex which is increasingly becoming a vital offer for some of the hardest to reach young people affected by Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation (VVE) locally.

Scary Little Girls Association will be running Lyrical Revolution that will support the musical, personal and social development of young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

Our CEO, Matt Griffiths says “It’s brilliant to be able to share some positive news and as always to fund such a diverse range of projects across England which will that help transform young people’s lives. Having projects that allow creativity to blossom and create social and musical connections is more important than ever.”

Youth Music currently support over 350 music projects around the country every year, helping over 80,000 children and young people to transform their lives through music. We are supported by the National Lottery via Arts Council England, the People’s Postcode Lottery and through other charitable donations.

Organisations wishing to apply for funding can find out more information at - we currently have a Fund A round open, with a deadline of Fri 31 July.

A list of organisations that received recent Fund A17 funding are: Big People Community CIC, Groundwork Northamptonshire, Sage Gateshead, Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside, Dorset Music Education Hub, Soundcastle, Horniman Museum and Gardens, CreateBolton, Wild Earth, Out Loud Music, River Studios, Creative Optimistic Visions (CIC), Bowling Park Primary School, Britten Sinfonia, CLIC Sargent, The Beautiful Ideas Co CIC, Z-Arts, CEDA, Phizzical Productions, 2Funky Arts Ltd, Dorchester Arts, In Music In Media Ltd, The Avenues Youth Project, Independent Arts, Carousel, Goodwin Development Trust, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, Hull Music Services, The Premier Academy, tbyouth, Higher Rhythmn, Child Dynamix, Riverside Area Special School, Barnsley Council and Chuckle Productions. 

A list of organisations that received recent Fund A18 funding are: SEND Project, Wild Things Ecological, INFL Ltd, Offshoots East Midlands, Creative Arts East, Voluntary Action Epping, CHUMS, School Ground Sounds, Kids On The Green, Public Service Design, Niburu Recordings Ltd, HMDT Music, Community Music Ltd, North Tyneside Music, Northern Roots, Loud Arts CIC, Starling, Future Yard CIC, Community Arts North West, Daisy Inclusive UK, AudioActive, Hastings Thrives, In-Spire Sounds, Creative Youth Network, The Arts Development, Scary Little Girls Association, High Oak Youth & Community Centre, Quench Arts, Two Rivers High School, Oswestry Community Action, Sonia Sabri Company, Long Division CIC, University of York.

If you would like to know more about Youth Music and other funders’ grant awards, head to the 360 Giving website where you can access standardised grants data from many different funders.