Lincolnshire based community music organisation soundLINCS are celebrating following their success in securing a substantial new funding award from National Foundation for Youth Music.
The funding will support soundLINCS to commence a three-year project called soundPLAT4M starting in September 2018. The project will create new music-making opportunities for children and young people working with Lincolnshire Adoption Support Service, Springwell Lincoln City Academy, Phoenix Park Academy and Specialist Education Support Network. soundLINCS has previously developed a wide range of services with these project partners which include music-making, workforce development, research, advocacy and information.
soundPLAT4M will engage with the least advantaged children and young people in communities and schools across Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. They will be able to take part in a full range of music making opportunities such as digital music production, bands, singing and songwriting. In addition to increasing music skills, soundPLAT4M is designed to support other outcomes for children and young people such as improved confidence and collaboration skills.
soundLINCS’ CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, said: “We’re delighted that Youth Music have given us another fantastic opportunity and that they continue to recognise the work that we strive to deliver through quality and innovative community music-making opportunities and training for all ages and communities. With match funding, soundPLAT4M represents new investments of £300,000 in our region which will make a real impact for the partners and groups involved. It is a really exciting time for soundLINCS and a brilliant opportunity for the East Midlands.”
Youth Music provides music-making opportunities for over 90,000 young people every year, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. Their grants support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.
Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer at Youth Music explained: “So many children and young people – particularly those experiencing challenges in their lives – miss out on opportunities to regularly make music, to progress and follow their own musical paths. soundLINCS’ soundPLAT4M project will support and develop young musicians right across Lincolnshire, helping to tackle this imbalance head-on.”
For further information about soundLINCS and their projects, visit www.soundlincs.org, or, visit the soundLINCS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/soundLINCS or Twitter: www.twitter.com/soundLINCS, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 510073.