Devon Music Education Hub Special Projects Fund

Babcock LDP


Devon Music Education Hub recently set up a new Special Projects Fund to support initiatives that demonstrate:

  • An inclusive approach that provides equal access for all children and young people
  • Educational excellence and innovation, working with skilled music educators and/or professional musicians
  • Inspiring and motivational live music experiences that raise aspirations
  • Collaborative learning and performance opportunities
  • Provision of instruments, equipment and resources to stimulate and support musical learning

We received many deserving applications and are delighted to confirm that we will be supporting the following fantastic initiatives with one off grants of up to £3,000...

Jamming Station | Back on Track

Back on Track will work with children and young people at River Dart Academy, a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Dartington, providing alternative provision for students that have been permanently excluded from mainstream education or placed there under exceptional circumstances. The project will encourage young people to explore sounds and how they come together as music, supporting them to recognise their creativity and the power to unlock it, increasing self-esteem, confidence and resilience. This project will be further supported by the use of Charanga VIP Studio Sessions digital resources.

The Turning Tides Project CIC | Equal Access to Music Research in Action

The Equal Access to Music Project aims to make equal access to music a reality for children and young people with learning disability or autism labels. The Turning Tides Project practitioners, facilitators and Support Workers will work collaboratively with Queen Elizabeth’s School, Crediton Music and Learning Support staff, and young people to explore how the access needs of young people might be supported to attend school; engage positively in musical opportunities; achieve; and be well.

Sonopera CiC | Seven Days of Music

Seven Days of Music will work with seven rurally isolated primary schools in South Devon to expose children to music that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to hear live. Children will be given the opportunity to engage actively and creatively with the music they have heard being performed through a series of creative workshops based on elements of the performance, before performing the work they have created to their peers.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra | Inclusive Schools Concerts with BSO Resound

Members of BSO and BSO Resound, the world’s first disabled led ensemble as a core part of a professional orchestra, will deliver an inclusive schools concerts based on the BBC Ten Pieces initiative, supported by the use of Makaton. Taking place in North Devon, these performances will specifically target children and young people with autism, learning or physical disability labels drawn from local special schools and settings. Those attending will have the option to evidence their learning through an Arts Award Discover qualification.

Teachers Rock | High Profile Recording Project 2020 - The Teachers Rock® Anthem

The core aim of this project will be to provide a high quality progression route for young people targeting gifted and talented singers from Teachers Rock® Youth Choir. Young people and their teaching staff will have the transformational opportunity to participate in a high quality recording experience, a youth focussed ‘music industry’ marketing campaign to celebrate success and take part in a transformational performance hosted at Exeter Cathedral in November 2020.

Sound Communities CIC | ACE Music

Sound Communities CiC will work with ACE Tiverton Special School, a recently opened free school for children and young people with social, communication and interaction needs, including learning disability or autism labels. The project will aim to increase the musical and digital skills of the young people involved, building their confidence and self-esteem by sharing the work they have created with their peers. Guided by the students themselves, areas of focus could include song-writing, music production or music technology.

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