Champions for Children appeal raises £8,000 for Future Sound!

Hot off the press! Our Champions for Children fundraising campaign smashed its target, raising an awesome £8,000 for Future Sound including gift aid.  Thanks to the generosity of 60 amazing donors and match funding support from Nigel Gibson, Anna Corbett and The Childhood Trust, we’ll now be able to bring our award-winning music learning programme to even more vulnerable young people.  Plus provide vital employment for musicians and educators to help us develop and lead the programme. 

The highlights of the campaign included seven fantastic artists each filming a performance for our ‘6 at 6’ series, which we released daily on our Facebook page.  Thanks to our wonderful patrons Nitin Sawhney and Reuben James; educators Giulia Grispino (aka Sans Soucis) and Kansas Smitty’s Giacomo Smith; plus Women In Jazz artists Nina Fine, Jas Kayser and Plumm for their support.

In the light of Covid-19 we need to shift our approach to our music education programme so that some, if not all, of the support can be delivered online. Over the next couple of months we’ll be developing a model that will allow for either a purely remote or a blended digital and live programme of sessions. Future Sound is a unique concept, an aspirational and inspirational music learning programme that pairs young people from a disadvantaged area with professional musicians and a jazz promoter. They develop their musical and composition skills through school workshops, visit a music studio and finally perform a gig at renowned jazz venue Church of Sound. 

Working with our main partner Mossbourne Community Academy we will design and test the new programme in the Autumn, before making it available more widely.  Our aim is to produce exciting and inspiring learning that’s accessible to young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds with little or no limited access to the internet or suitable devices at home; that’s engaging for young people from diverse backgrounds; and that means we can reach young people outside of London.

As many of us know, musicians’ incomes have disappeared as a result of venue and school closures. And young people from black, asian and minority ethnic communities – many living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country – have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Yet music is one of the best ways of providing unity and supporting our mental health in difficult times.  

Thank you to everyone who has given so generously for helping us to offer hope in the form of music.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

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To watch the ‘6 at 6’ performances, visit our Facebook page.

You can still donate to the campaign until 6pm on Friday 3rd July HERE.