29 Aug 2018


Green light for five children’s music projects in Scarborough and Whitby

Youth music charity NYMAZ is delighted to announce that it has made a successful bid to the Essential Life Skills Fund to support five exciting music projects for children and young people in the Scarborough and Whitby region.

The aim is to give children and young people in the area new opportunities to make music, from designing an opening event for Musicport Festival and writing songs, to playing an instrument or joining a singing and signing choir.

The Essential Life Skills Fund is part of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area. This is one of 12 areas identified nationally by the Department of Education to receive additional support to improve social mobility and to help children and young people get the best start in life. The Essential Life Skills Fund is providing improved access to extra-curricular activities, helping children and young people to explore the opportunities open to them and develop new skills.

NYMAZ will be leading the following five music projects:

Musicport’s Big Parade
Young people and community groups will help design a Big Parade which will celebrate the opening of Musicport Festival in October this year. They will work with local artists to create themed lanterns and junk instruments to carry and play in the parade, alongside musicians performing at the festival. The resources they create will be developed through further craft and music workshops for Musicport’s next event in spring 2019. The project aims to create a sense of ownership and will work with young people from Whitby and the surrounding villages who would not normally have the opportunity to access cultural events.  Musicport Festival will be delivering this project.

ScAMPs (Scarborough Accessible Music Project)

The funding will support the growth of ScAMPS in Scarborough. This successful singing and signing choir brings together disabled and non-disabled children aged seven and above to make music, make new friends and have fun. The funding will enable the project to continue to run out of Friarage School in the Old Town area. The partners for this project are Create and Accessible Arts & Media.

Switch Songwriting
Over six weeks young people aged 10 to 16 will work with professional musicians, from the charity Live Music Now, to explore different instruments, learn to make music as part of a group and write their own songs. A performance for family and friends will close the project, whilst participants will take home a recording of the songs created. The project will work with North Yorkshire County Council’s Children and Families Prevention Service East Division to ensure this project benefits those living in challenging circumstances, including young carers, looked after children and those with special education needs.

All Together Now
This project will enable children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families to enjoy a regular interactive music session.  Over ten months, they will regularly meet with similar families to learn about different styles of music and to develop their musical skills. The local charity running this project is Live Music Now.

New instrumental opportunities
Groups of young people will be given instrumental lessons at both Scarborough and Whitby Music Centres. The focus for this project is children on free school meals, looked after children and those on working tax credits. This project is being run by North Yorkshire County Council Music Service. 

Sarah McWatt, Director of youth music charity NYMAZ, commented:

“NYMAZ is thrilled to be one of the six organisations awarded funding from the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Areas’ Essential Life Skills Fund. We have over a decade’s experience of offering music projects in the Scarborough and Whitby region and know the difference music activities can make to an individual’s life chances. From improved confidence and enhanced musical ability through to transferable skills which increase employability, music making can offer invaluable benefits – we can’t wait to get started!”


Helen Mahoney, Director of Live Music Now North East, added:
“Live Music Now are committed to bringing high quality live music to people who don’t normally have the chance to access it. We are excited to have this opportunity to reach more children and young people and their families in the Scarborough area, and build more links with local communities.”

Ian Bangay, Head of North Yorkshire County Music Service said:

“The Music Service will be providing free instrumental tuition on Saturday morning at its music centres in Scarborough and Whitby. This will provide an opportunity for pupils to learn an instrument as well as develop their ensemble and social skills. They will get the chance to perform in a variety of venues and at community events.”

Other successful organisations from the first funding round are Creative Briefs, Stephen Joseph Theatre, North Yorkshire Youth, North Yorkshire Sport and Northstead Community Primary School.

Image: The Scarborough Accessible Music Project (ScAMPS) will offer an inclusive singing and signing choir for all children, both disabled and non-disabled.

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