The Big Music Project, backed by Global and UK Youth, has been awarded £4 million in additional funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
The funding will support the creation of 80 new youth hubs, which provide music-based learning opportunities for 14-18 year olds, bringing the total number to 110. Young project champions will be appointed at each location to deliver a music project for the young people in their area.
Global brands including Capital and Classic FM support the project. In April 2016, winners of the The Big Music Project Competition’s classical category, The Ayoub Sisters, performed at Classic FM Live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Capital XTRA’s Music Potential, a programme that targets 18-25 year olds not in education, employment or training is joining forces with The Big Music Project. This will increase the number of UK cities involved in the scheme from two to eight giving more young people access to workshops and mentoring as well as the chance to perform in the talent showcases.
Emma Bradley, director of Global charities, said: “Since we launched The Big Music Project two years ago, we have provided thousands of young people with the opportunity to develop the skills to help them get jobs. In the past year alone more than half the internships have led to full-time employment. This substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund will allow us to reach even more disadvantaged young people across the UK to improve their chances of a career in the music and creative industries.”
Ant Payne, Capital presenter, said: “It can be difficult to know where to start when looking to get into the industry. The Big Music Project is providing young people with incredible opportunities to get work experience and showcase their talent. Sometimes it’s just a case of getting your foot in the door somewhere and that’s exactly what this project is doing for young people – giving them the confidence and networking potential to pursue their passion.”