We’re thrilled and delighted to be able to announce that SoundStorm has been chosen as one of five new Music Education Hub partners by the UK charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) for its ‘Furthering Talent’ programme. The news was announced publicly yesterday by AYM and on our Twitter feed. The other new partner Music Education Hubs are Liverpool, Lewisham, Sunderland, and Worcestershire. Together with AYM and Youth Music, we will begin delivering AYM’s Furthering Talent programme in the next 12 months.
What is Furthering Talent?
Furthering Talent supports the musical learning of young people living in challenging circumstances.
Participants who would otherwise have to stop their instrumental learning (when their school whole class lessons end) receive funding and a range of other support, including weekly instrumental tuition for a minimum of two years. Their parents/carers and teachers are also supported in a variety of ways.
The Music Hubs’ role is to identify local young musicians who could benefit the most from joining the programme. Hubs in Bradford, Brighton, Greater Manchester, Hull, Leicestershire, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, The Music Partnership (North-West Midlands) and Wiltshire already deliver Furthering Talent, which has been described as ‘overwhelmingly successful’ by music education expert Richard Hallam. The addition of the five new Hubs, including SoundStorm, means that, with significant support from Youth Music, the programme will help over 500 young people across England by 2021.
For SoundStorm, the programme will bring considerable investment into our Music Education Hub area. At least 30 young people in challenging circumstances in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area will benefit from the individual, tailored, two year support package the programme offers.
Furthering Talent is supported by Youth Music with funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.
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