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Three-Year Youth Music Grant given to York's National Centre for Early Music

07 June 2018

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Over £150,000 has been awarded to the National Centre for Early Music, to continue to deliver its far-reaching programme of work, Music4U - supporting young people in challenging circumstances across York, Hull and the East Riding over the next three years.

Comments Delma Tomlin, MBE, NCEM Director "We are absolutely delighted with the new financial endorsement from all those involved with this programme, which will allow us to continue the work we have already begun. Our education work is an essential part of the NCEM package and presents a fantastic occasion to regularly engage with a new, wider audience.  

"We have a strong belief in the positive benefits of musical work with young people and we are delighted and honoured to be working with music hubs and other partners to create the greatest impact. Over the years we have been able to support some remarkable young people, who have gone on to do really positive things and we are sure that the same can be achieved over the next three years."

Through Music4U, the NCEM has supported over 35,000 young people, with projects running since 2001. The next phase of activities will begin in July 2018. This includes music skills sessions with those who do not access mainstream school, inclusive orchestras for special school students and experienced young musicians, after school clubs and holiday projects in areas of rural isolation, and network and training events for music leaders.   The total funding sum is comprised from The National Foundation for Youth Music, partnership support from York Music Hub, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, and support from JWP Creers Accountants, York and private donors. The output will benefit young people living in York, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Full details of the projects involved can be found on the NCEM website,  

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Notes to Editors:
The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by the Arts Council. 

Press Contact: 
Lindsey Porter, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music 
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Music4U is a key project of the National Centre for Early Music's creative learning and participation programme, which seeks to build a more musically inclusive England. Music4U reaches across York, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and provides musical engagement and development opportunities for young people aged 0-25, particularly targeting those whose life circumstances make it difficult for them to otherwise access musical learning. Music4U seeks to develop personal, social and musical skills among young people with the least opportunity, while also developing professional skills and partnerships to ensure sustainability and legacy. Recent high-profile projects include the development of instrumental learning opportunities for deaf children across the region ( ) and a multi-cultural collaboration as part of Hull City of Culture 2017 ( ). 

Youth Music
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances, currently supporting 350 projects and reaching over 75,000 children per year. Their work is built on the principle that everyone should have the chance to make music and to experience the musical, personal and social outcomes that it can achieve. Youth Music invests in music-making projects through a grants programme, a national professional support network, and a broad-reaching fundraising and advocacy campaign.