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Rushanara Ali MP meets with Sound Connections

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, visited Rich Mix earlier this month to meet with a small number of arts charities in advance of the government’s forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.

She said ‘’It’s a pleasure to visit Rich Mix again and meet a number of arts organisations based in the Rich Mix building. I’m very impressed by the amount of work with young people that’s happening, introducing them to the richness of their own culture and heritage as well as those of others. I shall be writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to urge him to ensure that the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review recognizes the value of investing in the arts and protects the support which Arts Council England (ACE) invest on our behalf.”

Philip Flood, Director at Sound Connections, was fortunate to meet with Rushanara and discuss with her a number of projects supporting children and young people across the capital. She was particularly interested in Wired4Music, our youth engagement programme, and was impressed with the newly launched Leadership Programme for 18-25 year olds. Philip Flood said ‘’It was a great opportunity to explain to Rushanara how public investment, via our grant from Youth Music, directly impacts upon and supports the future of young Londoners.’’

As well as meeting with Sound Connections she also met with Headliners UK, a charity which develops young people through journalism, Tamasha theatre company and engage, the museum and gallery education organisation.

If you would like to find out more about how we can make the best possible case for arts and culture in the forthcoming Spending Round please do check out the recently launched Arts for Britain campaign.


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