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soundLINCS Receives Funding Boost to Help Get Adults Playing


Lincoln based East Midlands music development organisation soundLINCS are celebrating this month after receiving an Arts Council England grant of £90,000 to create an Older Adult Music Service!

The funding, from Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts programme, will see soundLINCS establish phase one of the New Tricks Music Programme.

Following a series of taster sessions which can cover a range of musical genres, there is the opportunity to establish more regular groups across Lincolnshire to help progress the musical interest’s that people display a passion for. There will be opportunities in a huge variety of genres, from choral and orchestral to music technology and rock and pop workshops and all groups will be offered opportunities to share their skills with a wider audience, whether through live or digital performances.

The new groups will form part of an Older Adults music community alongside several pre-existent soundLINCS groups. The Grantham U3A Ukulele Group has seen membership increase five-fold since it began and are now playing events across the county and starring in a series of YouTube videos on the soundLINCS page. soundLINCS has also had community orchestras in Nettleham for the past 8 years and Grantham for the last 18 years, enjoying learning and performing a wide range of music from classical to modern, film music, music from shows and more.

Research shows the importance of ‘purpose’ in the lives of older adults and that cognitive benefits in particular are associated with musical progression. The social & health benefits of group music and singing are stronger than in many other forms of intervention. Participants perceive regular practice, rehearsal & performance as key to the outcomes for wellbeing, as well as the benefits of socialising with the rest of the group.Guildhall-432

Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, soundLINCS CEO, said: “We’re delighted that Arts Council have given us this great opportunity and continue to recognise the work we do offering quality and innovative music-making opportunities and training for all communities and ages.

soundLINCS is making its own transition to adulthood this year as we celebrate our 18th birthday, so we can’t think of a better time to be starting New Tricks. We truly believe that every adult should have the opportunity to express themselves musically and hope to set up at least 21 new groups over the lifetime of the project to create a vibrant culture of enjoying, learning, playing, writing and sharing music with others.”

So if you’re an existing musician, want to blow the dust off something you haven’t played since school, or even if you’re a complete beginner just wanting to try something new then New Tricks will have something for you! For more information or to register your interest in the project please contact soundLINCS on 01522 510073.
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