Lincoln based East Midlands music development organisation soundLINCS are celebrating this week after the announcement that they have succeeded in becoming 1 of just 13 organisations nationwide to receive a substantial National Foundation for Youth Music Grant of almost half a million pounds for 2015-18.
soundLINCS is now a Youth Music strategic partner and the funding will allow them to focus on a three year programme of work with children in challenging circumstances in five distinct sectors – looked after children, youth justice services, paediatric services, young parents with children, children with special education needs and those who are hearing impaired.
A variety of residencies and projects will take place across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. These will embrace a wide range of work including developmental music making projects, strategic support for structural change within music education, workforce development and research partnerships.
soundLINCS’ CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, said: “We’re delighted that Youth Music have given us this fantastic opportunity and that they continue to recognise the work we do offering quality and innovative music-making opportunities and training for all ages and communities.
With match funding, this will be a three quarters of a million pound project that will follow our new Inquiring Minds Process, working with new partners including an array of academic establishments, non-music sector organisations and Music Education Hubs to effect real change. We hope to answer the burning questions in the arts through discussion, research, feedback and practical delivery. It’s a really exciting time for soundLINCS and a brilliant opportunity for the East Midlands.”
Youth Music provides more than 90,000 young people every year with the opportunity to make music, 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 well-being.
Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer at Youth Music said: “The grant awards announced today will provide thousands of opportunities to support young people’s life-long engagement with music. Our focus on the development of personal and social skills, as well as musicality, will ensure that many of the participants attending Youth Music projects will have a life-changing experience.”