This month will see the full launch of our Young Musicians programme supported through the Youth Music Strategic Partnership. As one of only 13 organisations nationally to be funded in this way, it means that we can play an extremely positive role in building creative music making opportunities for all young people across the region.
Brighter Sound will provide strategic development and delivery-based support to organisations across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, working closely with Music Education Hubs, schools, cultural and third sector companies to improve inclusion, create new opportunities to engage young people in music making and support progression routes for young musicians.
We’ll also deliver a wide reaching programme of activity, launched earlier in the summer with a creative music residency with international artist and cultural activist Meklit. It will continue this autumn with Sing City – weekly sessions for young songwriters from across Greater Manchester to develop their skills under expert guidance with regular performance opportunities – and a Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation weekender with improvisation, composition and creative music-making led by a team of experienced jazz tutors.
Our Director Debra King: “The funding will enable us to provide a sustainable programme working with partners to connect existing offers and generate new ones, with a vision to create a wide reaching, connected offer for all young people to access and explore music making.”
Our delivery will include artistic residencies, a new Young Musicians Commission Fund, a mentoring programme, early years projects, instrumental courses, partnerships with schools, Music Education Hubs across the region, and in the first year, a partnership with skills development and training charity, Rathbone. We’ll also be running a practitioners network to support musicians with training and project work opportunities, and encourage a culture of reflective practice across all our programmes.
Brighter Sound is proud to be a strategic partner for Youth Music across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire supporting their ambition for a musically inclusive England.