One donation = twice the impact! Support our £10k Champions for Children appeal

One donation = twice the impact! Support our £10k Champions for Children appeal

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Many young people face barriers to music, such as difficult home lives, race, gender, poverty and mental health. The pandemic has made existing social inequalities in the UK greater than ever, plus the government continues to cut funding to arts subjects at a time when they are needed most – especially for young people who don’t get a chance to access music outside of school. 

Yet we know that music offers an escape, a chance to express yourself and the opportunity to build confidence and skills. It has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, especially in difficult times.

That’s why we’re raising £10,000 in a week for our award-winning music education programme, Future Sound, as one of the charities selected for the Champions for Children appeal.  

So please help us engage even more 11-18 year olds exactly where they are at – at school, in the community or online – and empower them to find their own, unique musical identity.

Thanks to some generous individuals and The Childhood Trust if you donate between midday on 8th to 15th June, every single pound will be doubled.  Which means it’ll have twice the impact.

Future Sound helps tackle inequality, so is free to access both as face-to-face workshops and online. The money you give will fund us to bring the Future Sound programme to even more young people from underrepresented backgrounds through:

  • Live after-school workshops focused on composition, performance, recording and production and how to build a music career.
  • Interactive online tutorials in the form of: coaching sessions to develop students’ music and band skills plus confidence and aspiration; interactive songwriting and production webinars; and pre-recorded short music tutorials streamed on YouTube.

Plus it will help pay for up-and-coming musicians to receive training and paid work as the workshop leaders delivering both strands of the Future Sound music programme. Meaning they can give something back, develop as educators and act as role models for the next generation. 

In support of the appeal, six of the super talented artists who’re mentees on our career development programme are each sharing a special 6-minute performance. The ‘6 at 6’ videos from Naima Adams, Joe Downard, Amy Gadiaga, David Austin Grey, Emma Johnson and Daniel Kemshell will be released every day from 8th June at 6pm on our YouTube and Facebook channels. Plus a special bonus video from one of our patrons, Reuben James!

Please give what you can right now and help us reach our target of £10,000 so that we can continue to open doors to creative potential for even more young people from underrepresented backgrounds. 

In the words of Sophie Sayer, Head of Music, Mossbourne Community Academy, where we ran the Future Sound live programme in 2020 and 2018:

“Future Sound is just an amazing opportunity. It provides kind of this extracurricular provision that is just not possible in schools. The opportunity to work with young professional musicians who are really exciting and really inspirational. They relate to the children on a different level and I think that’s brought out different creativity, different musicianship. There’s just nothing like it otherwise.”

Please donate here between midday on 8th and midday on 15th June. Thank you for your support!