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Latest Youth Music Funding Awards Update - Fund A22

Cute baby running towards the camera, a person with a guitar out of view.

For our last Fund A round, we awarded 37 projects around the country a grant of up to £30,000 each. 


Here’s a summary of some of the projects receiving investment – a complete list can be found at the end of this blog post. Over half of successful organisations are receiving funding directly from Youth Music for the first time. 

LOOSE (North West) wil be hosting a safe, friendly and inspirational environment with regular weekly music-related activities. This will include access to instruments, rehearsal rooms and recording and performance opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to socialise, make new friends, learn to use music-related equipment and contribute to a youth zine and/or podcast. 

Lifesize (South West) have three branches to their project delivery: 1) The Sonic Garden: An exploration of the sonic possibilities via DIY instrument building. 2) Sound Swimmers: Using adaptive musical notation to create an interactive immersive sound installation. 3) 6 Way Orchestra: Exploration of the sonic possilbilities of a guitar ensemble that utilises accessible music notation. 

Kids Inspire (East of England) will be working with 11-18 yr-olds who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. Supported by a Music Therapist young people will get to create lyrics and songs and create streams of consciousness using instruments and mixers

Unique Talent (London) will be providing a rehabilitative and preventative musical service for up to 12 young offenders and socially excluded young people. This includes a Pop up Music studio facility alongside artistic and rehabilitative mentoring service to empower emotional expression, positive mindset growth, vocational and career based support.

Armonico (West Midlands) will visit eight special educational needs settings in Coventry, providing high quality music education opportunities for children and young people and a programme of Continuing Professional Development for staff, leading to a showcase concert in 2022 with Disabled young people centre-stage.

Flash Company Arts Ltd (Yorkshire & The Humber) have said that local providers and settings have all developed their outdoor activities through the Covid-19 pandemic, and will  harness this momentum to deliver outdoor sessions inspired by the moors and the coast. They will sing, play instruments, compose and respond to the great outdoors! 

The Core at Corby Cube (East Midlands) will be offering a weekly Music Club in Corby Town Centre for at-risk young people. Alongside this regular provision of safe and collaborative space, the programme will also provide access to high quality music tuition and equipment for young people who may otherwise experience financial barriers in accessing such services.

Worldbeaters Music (North East) will be exploring the best ways of working with two year olds who were born at the beginning of lockdown 2020. They will try a range of approaches to musical play with two year olds, early years practitioners and parents/carers in Sir James Knott Nursery School.

Peterborough Music Hub (East of England) are running a project called 'The Bear', enabling children to experience and be inspired by live orchestral concerts featuring young people playing for young people. The concerts are preceded by a series of workshops. The project will involve schools, teachers, young people and performers, as well as young music technicians.

Jessie's Fund (Yorkshire & The Humber) are delivering group music workshops and 1-1 sessions for children in three special schools in Rochdale, Brough and Kirklees. Many of the children in these schools struggle with verbal communication and Jessie's Fund will be helping them to express themselves through musical means.

A full list of organisations that received funding in Fund A Round 22 funding are: Academy Transformation Trust, Armonico Consort Ltd, Art Education ExchangeBabigloo Music for Babies CIC, Barton & St Marychurch Childminders Group, BHT Early Education and Training, CANDOFM, Children's Links, DIY Theature CIC, Eat Make Play, Flash Company Arts CIC, Haringey Shed, Inch Arts CIO, In-Spire Sounds, Jessie's Fund, Kids Inspire, Lifesize CIC, LOOSE, Music Arts Project CIC, Newbigin Community Trust, Newham Music Trust, Nottingham CYF Project, Pedestrian, Peterborough Music Hub, Prism Music Project, Red Light Busking, Special Needs and Parents (SNAP) Ltd, St Mary's Attleborough, The Core at Corby Cube, The Guildhall Trust, The Providence House Trust, Together We Make A Difference, True Cadence CIC, Unique Talent, West End Women & Girls Centre, Wild Things Performing Arts CIC, Worldbeaters Music

These projects are funded using National Lottery investment via Arts Council England.

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.