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Over the last number of years London Councils has funded voluntary and community organisations in the capital under 59 priority service areas organised by different themes.

Sound Connections was successful in securing funding as part of the Culture, Tourism and London 2012 theme and Service 7 which was to ‘provide educational and participatory programmes and activities in all art and culture forms for disadvantaged children and young people’.

Our Sounds in the City project, originally contracted in Phase 4, was to run from 2008 to 2012 but due to funding cuts concluded in August 2011. The programme consisted of two key strands.

The first strand worked with partners to deliver a range of participatory music activity to disadvantaged young people across London. A number of different activities were offered; from public events to workshops and music technology to Jazz sessions. These engaged a range of young people which included young offenders for intensive periods and long term interventions.

Sound Connections’ role within this strand was to manage and advise on the overall programme and coordinate the reporting and financial statistics as well as ensure the project is connected and developed at all strategic levels.

Our partners were:

  • The Friends of Kingston Art & Music
  • Hands on Art
  • Serious
  • Streetvibes Youth
  • Umbrella Events in Ealing
  • Partnerships formed in Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, and Wandsworth

The second strand of Sounds in the City enabled us to realise ambitions to create a new young Londoners music council designed to provide a platform for young people to influence their music provision. The council is truly representative of London’s young people, their musical interests and backgrounds. A dedicated member of staff supports the needs and facilitates opportunities for council members to initiate and join discussions.

After a period of research and consultation Wired4Music was officially launched in March 2010 and since then has grown in numbers and recognition.

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