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Latest Youth Music Funding Awards Update - Fund A20 & Fund B12

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So far in 2021, we have awarded 34 projects around the country a Fund A grant (up to £30,000 each) and 21 projects a Fund B grant (up to £150,000 each). Here’s a summary of a handful of projects receiving investment – the complete list can be found below. 

Black Room Studios Ltd (South East) will be delivering their Southampton Youth Inclusion Music Network for a second year. This will involve 1:1 and group sessions for lessons in various instruments, performance and song-writing. With an emphasis on listening to young people, project staff will be role models for inclusivity, whilst providing a fun, creative learning environment. 

Castaway Music Theatre (Yorkshire & The Humber) are delivering a project co-designed with disabled young people, enabling them to make music a social and creative force in their lives as they transition to adulthood. Activities include; workshops, individual pathways, peer support, leadership training and workforce development. 

The Crew Club (South East) will be delivering five strands of activity: weekly early years classes to introduce babies to music and rhythm; ukulele and keyboard instrumental lessons for 7-11 year olds; music production sessions and a vocal group for young people aged between 12-18; and a Samba band open to children from Key Stage 2. 

Girls Rock London (London) will be running a programme to build the musical and social skills of girls, trans, and non-binary youth, develop their workforce and strengthen youth voice in Girls Rock London. They'll be running a music camp as well as recruiting a Trainee Music Leader for six months. 

Jamming Station (South West) will support young people to empower themselves through music, understand their emotions and utilise music as an outlet for expression, building a community of young artists who have a positive and inspirational impact on the wider community. They'll deliver a 10 month project in three targeted locations, supporting young people aged 12-15 who are experiencing multiple life challenges.

Nottinghamshire YMCA (East Midlands) will be supporting homeless young people and those 'not in education, employment or training' through a user-informed music programme. The project will engage 120 young people, who will be introduced to music technology, composition and the recording industry, as well as developing core, fundamental life skills.

Orchestras for All (London) will deliver a progression programme of musical, personal and social development. They will challenge young musicians facing the biggest barriers to music-making to redefine the role of an orchestra, transcending socio-economic background, music and academic skill-level, health and disability. 

Magic Acorns (East of England) will be building on the pedagogy developed through work carried out at the Prior Nursery Great Yarmouth and will create training packages and a menotoring approach to benefit Early years workers (particularly those under 25) and in settings such as nurseries. 

Media Mania (West Midlands) will be improving pathways to the music industry for young people with multiple disadvantages aged 16-25 living in Coventry, providing opportunities for personal development and social change. 

Note Weavers (North West) will be aiming to develop Note Weavers as a regional network through increased connectivity at all levels. They'll be holding ten weeks of early years music delivery in four early years settings. 

The Spark Arts For Children (West Midlands) will be providing world class music opportunities both in and outside school in areas of social and economic deprivation. They'll also also be offering practical CPD sessions for teachers developing skills and confidence to teach music (particularly non-Western classical). 

A full list of organisations that received Fund B12 funding are: All Star Entertainments, Barnardo's, Brighton & Hove City Council, Castaway Music Theatre, The Crew Club, Creative Academies, Croydon Music & Arts, Higher Rhythm Ltd, The Junction Foundation, Nottinghamshire YMCA, Media Mania, Orchestras For All, Offshoots East Midlands C.I.C, Reprezent, Royal Court Liverpool Trust Ltd, Soundcastle, SHP - Single Homeless Project, Soundcastle, Songbirds Music UK, Tract and Touch, TiPP, WILD Young Parents' Project.

A full list of organisations that received Fund A20 funding are: Arc, Barnardo's, The Bolton Impact Trust (BIT), Black Room Studios Ltd, Black Health Initiative (BHI), Brighton Youth Centre, Carbon Theatre, Creative Minds, Creative Futures (UK) Limited, Clapton Common Boys Club, Central African Youth in Enfield (CAYA), Cosmopolitan Arts, Gipsil, Girls Rock London, The Grove School, Jamming Station, Hartpury University, The Otherwise Club, Magic Acorns, Mindcheck One Two C.I.C, Music Fusion, North Lincolnshire Music Support Service, Note Weavers, Play for Progress, Reestablish, Sounds of Intent Clarity, Southwark Music Service, Seashell Trust, The Spark Arts For Children, The Song Lab Limited, Sutton Music Education Hub/Sutton Music Service, Tandem Theatre, We Make Culture CIC, Young Technicians CIC.

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.