Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme addresses gaps in music-making provision for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Both locally and nationally the aim is to increase opportunities, and improve effective practice and outcomes for them.
This work is happening initially through cold spots and breakthrough pilot projects seed-funded by the Youth Music funding, along with training/CPD, networking, and strategic development of music work.
The aim of the funding is to create long-term, sustainable relationships between these music specialists and non-music agencies and organisations working with children in challenging circumstances.
The music organisations funded to deliver this work are expected to deliver the following for children and young people in challenging circumstances in their area:
• increase the number of sustained, high quality, music-making opportunities
• extend the expertise, knowledge and skills of the people and organisations involved in the work
• encourage these children and young people to realise their full potential by supporting the development of progression environments
• build a network and develop activities along with (non-music) partners working with these young people
• feed knowledge and learning into national strategy and policy, working with regional and local strategic partners, and across a range of agendas and forums
The work will link in with the work of music education hubs, Arts Council Bridge Organisations and others to support delivery of the National Plan for Music Education. It will encourage greater understanding of the value and impact that high quality music-making can have on the musical, social and educational development of children in challenging circumstances.
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