MusicNet East awarded funding from Youth Music

Music-making for young people across Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire was given a big boost when MusicNet East (part of Hertfordshire Music Service) was awarded a large grant by The National Foundation for Youth Music. The national charity is giving £160,000 this year with further grants of up to £303,000 being made available over the following two years.

Many of the young people Youth Music supports face significant challenges in their lives. These may arise from economic issues, from disability or lifelong health conditions, mental health or behavioural issues and from other life circumstances including living in rural isolation, being a young carer or refugee.

Youth Music announced that MusicNet East / Hertfordshire Music Service is one of 13 organisations around the country that has been selected to become a strategic partner of Youth Music. Over the next three years, we will work with Youth Music towards the national charity’s aim of creating a musically inclusive England where every child can access music-making opportunities, regardless of circumstances.

Hertfordshire Music Service will be running its MusicNet East musical inclusion project over the next three years in partnership with the Cambridge and Essex Music Education Hubs. Young people identified by the partnership as vulnerable or at risk of social exclusion will be supported to learn music as a tool for lifelong wellbeing and will be helped to build musical communities.

MusicNet East’s online ‘Songwriter’ chart will showcase musical performances emerging from the project’s different Diversity, Children in Challenging Circumstances, Family Music and In School Inclusion strands. It will also provide an informal music route for young people to progress from their first workshops through to performances at local venues and festivals.

An academic research strand will examine how the project can best support schools and target children’s services to support the wellbeing, confidence, inclusion and attainment of vulnerable young people.

Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Music said:  “We’re really delighted to be working with Hertfordshire Music Service as one of our strategic partners to deliver an exciting programme of music-making opportunities for children and young people in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex. These three-year grants will really help to develop and sustain music-making locally, taking our investment in the region to  £465,800 in this funding round.”

For a full list of grants awarded see http://bit.ly/YMgrantsApr15

Youth Music is supported by Arts Council England, People’s Postcode Lottery and by charitable donations, including money raised through its Give a Gig fundraising initiative. 

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