Aims of the programme
- Teaching and sharing social, musical, digital and professional skills;
- Supporting cultural development and interaction with inspirational partnerships and excellent artistic projects;
- Improving wellbeing through playful activity that develops confidence and connection;
- Creating employability for artists, arts managers and young people;
- Encouraging community pride and cohesion.
We will deliver cold spot music projects with children and young people from disadvantaged communities in Lancashire, working with creative partners and supporting emerging music leaders. Our Early Years programme will provide music making in weekly sessions and in other contexts for families in the West End of Morecambe and training opportunities for practitioners. We will continue to develop our Youth Leadership programme with regular meetings, termly Youth Council gatherings, Summer Arts Award week and gigs. The Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble (LYVE) is a contemporary acapella vocal ensemble, which combines harmony singing and beatboxing, meeting weekly in Morecambe, it aspires to reach singers from across the county through regular gatherings and taster sessions.
Co-ordinated in partnership with Brighter Sound, the Reaching Out Network brings together project and programme managers involved in musical activity for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Our Lancashire networks for SEND practitioners and teachers will continue, while new opportunities targeted to support female musicians and BAME musicians will be developed. Emerging artists will be supported through training, mentoring, the Innovate funding programme for new projects and a 3-day Community Composition residency.
Organisational development activities
We are a key partner of Lancashire Music Hub, which includes regular operational meetings and training that develop practice alongside a series of hub funded inclusive programmes. We are working to establish links and share practice with Cumbria Music Hub and Blackburn Music Education Forum. In the West End of Morecambe, we are engaged in local partnership work with multiple agencies. We are active members of the Children and Young Peoples’ Mental Health Champions Network and are raising awareness of these issues to inform our practice. In addition, we are members of the steering group that is developing the LCEP (Local Cultural Education Partnership) for the Lancaster district.