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“Towards a musically inclusive London; Sound Connections announces four years strategic investment from Youth Music.”

Sound Connections is delighted to announce a four year strategic partnership with the National Foundation for Youth Music. As one of 13 organisations awarded a Youth Music Fund C grant, Sound Connections becomes part of the newly formed Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England working together to promote diversity and cultural democracy in music education. Nationally the ambition is to transform music education in England to ensure that all children and young people can access music-making which is suitable for their needs and relevant to their interests.

Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music, said that the investment from Arts Council England and the National Lottery, that has enabled four years of the Fund C grant, “is vital in helping us to effect change nationwide. It means we can continue to support projects to offer music-making in all its diversity of genres and on instruments that reflect young people’s interests and needs. We will continue to work in partnership to break down the barriers young people face, to support their progression whichever routes they choose, and to advocate for a new, inclusive model of music education.”

As the Fund C grantholder for London, Sound Connections will work closely with Music Education Hub lead organisations, Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations, Youth Music funded partners, grassroots and community organisations, music leaders and teachers, and young people over the next four years, 2018 to 2022.

Activities and opportunities will build upon existing work and include:

Young people – continued growth of Wired4Music, a network powered by people age 16-25 and hosted by Sound Connections. All Wired4Music activity starts with the needs and interests of young people and is co-created with its members.

Workforce – needs driven professional development in a variety of formats, including training days, conferences, resources, podcasts, mentoring and apprenticeships.

Sector – action research and advocacy to help London’s music sector think, learn and progress.

Running through Sound Connections’ work are a number of cross-cutting priorities:

  • Youth voice & participation
  • Early years
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Cold spots (where because of location or circumstance, young people are currently unable to take part in the kind of music-making provision they want to access)
  • Progression and early career support, particularly for those not in education, employment or training
  • People in the youth justice system
  • Needs analysis
  • Impact measurement

Sound Connections will also continue to work with its strategic partners including A New Direction, the Bridge organisation for London, Music Mark and City Hall to closely align with other opportunities for young people in the capital.

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