Youth Music announces £3.5m worth of grants

Youth-MusicYouth Music today announced grants totalling £3.5m to 69 music organisations around the country.

According to the charity, which works with young people in challenging circumstances, this brings the total sum of funds it has released this year to £9.2m.

London-based charity Key Changes is among the latest recipients of the funding with the organisation receiving £46,500 to run music workshops on adolescent psychiatric intensive care wards.

The activities are designed to contribute to the young peoples’ wellbeing and recovery through developing creative, communication, social and technical skills, improving confidence and self-esteem, and opening new pathways to musical opportunities in the community after they leave hospital.

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music’s executive director, said: ‘We continue to do our best to target our funding where it is most needed. Part of this process is to ensure that we regularly update our information on where music provision is lacking geographically and to identify categories of young people in challenging circumstances who might otherwise miss out.

‘In this round we have announced grants to help female survivors of child trafficking and others who suffer from severe psychiatric illness, along with young people living in rural isolation. We wish all these projects well in delivering high-quality music making programmes that will have a very positive impact on these young people’s lives.’

Research has shown that music interventions in hospital settings can have positive benefits. A study by Indiana University School of Nursing showed that young cancer patients aged 11-24 who spent three weeks producing a music video were able to cope better with the difficulties presented by their medical condition.

Visit the Youth Music website to find out more about the charity’s work.