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Innovate and Impact Bursary Programmes – 2019 applications open!

Innovate Programme – applications open!

We are pleased to invite applications for Innovate, Sound Connections’ longstanding programme supporting music projects for children and young people in London.

If you are working with people age 0-25 in London through music then you can apply for support and investment of up to £2000 to explore new ideas and approaches to working with children and young people. Providing funding, project mentoring and support, Innovate is particularly aimed at individuals and grassroots organisations looking to launch or incubate a project idea and develop fundraising skills.

We are most interested to receive applications that:

  • have inclusion, accessibility and social justice are at the heart of the project;
  • work in consultation and collaboration with people age 25 and under – ie people under the age of 25 are involved in making decisions about the project from the start;
  • focus on Early Years, ie working with babies and very young children age 0-5;
  • consider accessibility from the start by using the principles of the social model of disability;
  • take a multi-agency approach, ie working in partnership with non-music partners such as youth centres, Pupil Referral Units, community groups, nurseries etc

Last year, Innovate supported a choir for young carers in Brent; a music technology ensemble for disabled young people in Lambeth; early years music making in children’s centres in Greenwich and Lewisham; and music workshops for hearing impaired children under five in Camden.

Successful candidates work in close partnership with Sound Connections to develop and deliver the project. Every project and organisation’s needs are different, so the Innovate Programme can be used to find the most appropriate support for you.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019. We encourage all applicants to book a phone surgery prior to applying. Phone surgeries will be available until Friday 1 March.

To find out more and apply please click to download the  Innovate information and application pack >

We are grateful to the National Foundation for Youth Music for supporting this work.

 

IMPACT Bursary Programme – applications open!

We are pleased to invite applications for our IMPACT Bursary Programme. If you are working with people age 0-25 in London, through music, you can apply for a bursary of up to £600 to develop your organisation’s confidence, knowledge and skills in:

  • Evaluation and impact
  • Social justice – eg inclusion, accessibility, diversity and youth voice

The bursaries can cover a range of activities from attending relevant training to receiving coaching, or doing a small piece of action research. Sound Connections can connect you to different experts, mentors or trainers to support bursary activity.

At Sound Connections we support organisations to develop, adapt and change to ensure music education and opportunities become more inclusive, accessible and diverse, so we hope that the IMPACT Bursary Programme provides rare and much-needed support to develop yourself and your organisation. We know that small, grassroots organisations in particular struggle to find the time and resources for training and development, so are keen to receive applications from small projects or organisations. Everyone’s needs are different, so the bursaries can be used to find the most appropriate support for you – this is about personalised learning rather than one size fits all.

What is on offer?

  • Bursaries of up to £600
  • Advice and guidance, including connecting you with experts with skills and experience relevant to your needs

What types of activity can the bursaries support?

Examples of the type of activity you might want to use your bursary for are:

  • Support creating an outcomes framework or Theory of Change
  • Attending impact measurement training, eg with NPC
  • Testing out a new approach, e.g evaluating creatively
  • Needs analysis and mapping
  • Consultation with participants. Here are two resources about consultation for inspiration:

– A Guide to Community Consultation, Collaboration and Co-design

– Essex Music Hub Youth Voice Consultation

  • Time (eg an away day or review meetings) for your team to review accessibility, inclusivity and diversity within your organisation and identify steps forward. Two examples of this to give you inspiration are:

– Our work with Attitude is Everything on their Attitude Champion programme to review and improve how accessible the organisation is for disabled people

– CommunityWise Resource Centre in Canada have addressed diversity head-on through implementing an anti-racism policy and action plan

  • Two resources that look at power and privilege:

– The Story of Our Times: shifting power, bridging divides, transforming society, Civil Society Futures

– Power & Privelege, Neon Introductory Guide

  • Time to plan or re-plan a project or activity with the social model of disability at the heart. There is lots of information online about the social model of disability, including this blog from Drake Music: Understanding Disability: Part 5 – The Social Model, Drake Music
  • Team and/or trustee training on topics that might include the social model of disability, youth voice and youth governance. You can take a look at our youth voice resources at www.sound-connections.org.uk/rewired

These are just some examples, so if you think you would like to apply but want to check your eligibility or discuss your options, please contact info@sound-connections.org.uk to book a phone surgery and speak with a member of our team.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019. We encourage all applicants to book a phone surgery prior to applying. Phone surgeries will be available until Friday 1 March.

To find out more and apply please click to download the IMPACT Bursary information and application pack >

We are grateful to the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust for funding this work.

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