Take Art Receives Vital Youth Music Funding

06 July 2018

The Big News

Take Art is delighted to have been awarded £146,778 by Youth Music to undertake a three-year programme of music activity, designed to support the development of children and young people in Somerset and the South West.  

The award will be divided between two projects commencing in July 2018. The first project, Out There, will work with NEETS, Somerset Young People who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training, while the second,The SoundWaves Network, aims to support Early Years Music delivery throughout the
South West.

OUT THERE – 36 Months   

This will be a participatory music programme, delivered through Actiontrack at their recording studios in Taunton, working with 70 young people in one to one and small group sessions, culminating in a collaborative sharing event.  

Out There aims to re-inspire its participants, giving them new skills and renewed confidence. Students will be referred to the project through a number of agencies, including FE colleges, CSW Group, Somerset County Council Post 16 Advisor, PRUs, schools and Targeted Youth Support.  

To help capitalise on the impact of this project, Take Art and Actiontrack will work with NYMAZ and the Somerset Music Hub to develop a viable online teaching resource suitable for NEETs.  

Ralph Lister, Take Art’s CEO says “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with terrific partners and make something really significant happen for young people in Somerset.”  

The SoundWaves Network  - 36 months  

The SoundWaves Network, building on the work of SoundWaves-Extra, will deliver a three-year early childhood music education programme incorporating a strong element of training for the current and future early childhood workforce in the South West.     

Starting in July 2018, the project will take place within three music-learning communities, located in Plymouth, Bristol and Somerset. In each learning community we look forward to working with early childhood settings, universities, advisory teams and music education hubs.  

Jane Parker, The SoundWaves Network Project Leader, said  “We are so excited to be working with an array of passionate people who share our goal of developing a high-quality early childhood music infrastructure throughout the South West. In order for our work to have a sustained impact we must continue to engage with all involved in the education of young children regarding their conviction and belief in the value of musical play, their knowledge of how young children play musically and their early childhood music pedagogical expertise.  This is essential so that all young children have the very best musical opportunities to learn and develop.”      

For more information on either of these projects please contact Ruth Copping or Louise Monks at Take Art Ltd. Email earlyears@takeart.org or call 01460 249450.

Read the SoundWaves Extra Project Evaluation 2018

SoundWaves Extra Project Evaluation2.96 MB PDF

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