Awards for Young Musicians give talent a chance
Awards for Young Musicians is working in partnership with SoundCity: Brighton and Hove to develop Furthering Talent.
The programme is generously funded by Youth Music and it’s all about giving talent a chance by targeting and sustaining excellent support for young people with emerging musical talent from lower income families.
Thirty young people are currently participating (plus sixty more in two other Hub areas) and in addition to weekly individual instrumental tuition they are also working with their teachers to identify their broader musical needs too. We’re keen to ensure that young people take the lead in their musical journey and so each student has an Individual Learning Plan, which aims to ensure just that. The approach we’re taking is based on the findings of the AYM-hosted Musical Progressions Roundtable
www.musical-progressions.org which has brought together nearly 300 colleagues from across the country to explore how we can all work together better to support young people’s musical journeys.
Experiencing live music is clearly crucial for young people who might not otherwise have the chance to access it and many children participating in the programme have been able to see some fantastic performances in recent weeks. Here’s the feedback from one family, whose son, M, is a Furthering Talent student:
"Thanks so much for the tickets to see West Side Story at the Dome on Saturday. The whole family had a really good and enjoyable evening, so much so, that my youngest daughter, P, is wanting to get involved with the theatre group. M, a boy of few words, said that "it was good" which is his way of saying that he really enjoyed it! We are also really looking forward to seeing the London Philharmonic Orchestra too. Many thanks again for making this happen".
For more information about Furthering Talent please contact Natasha Bautista, AYM’s Local Furthering Talent Co-ordinator for Brighton and Hove.