Youth Music provides music-making opportunities for disadvantaged children, allowing them to learn how to play an instrument, take part in singing and songwriting workshops or receive tuition to develop their music production skills. This wonderful organisation has received £100,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery in support of its work.
Many of the 90,000 children Youth Music helps every year face difficult challenges in their lives. The funding from our players will be used to support over 350 music projects in England and Wales. These include projects for ill children in hospital, young bereaved children and children coping with a disability or special educational needs.
Matt Griffiths, Executive Director of Youth Music, said, "We are thrilled with the support we have received from players of People's Postcode Lottery, without whom we would not be able to support so many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. For many of these children, their local music project can prove to be a lifeline."
Carrie Grant, television presenter, voice coach and Youth Music Ambassador, understands that music can play an important role in a young person's life. "The money Youth Music has received today, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, will help many young children like ours experience the joys of making music, which I know from personal experience can make a huge difference to their lives," she said.
Youth Music targets nearly half its funding to the most deprived local authority districts in the country. Aled Jones, television presenter and Youth Music supporter, also thanked our players and underlined the importance of their contribution to the lives of young people coming from these areas.
"Music was a big part of my childhood and to be deprived of the chance to sing with others or to learn an instrument because of poverty or where you live is something no child should have to go through," said Aled. "I know that Youth Music is working hard to ensure that every child in the country has the opportunity to make music. The money the charity has received today, with the help of players of People's Postcode Lottery, will change the lives of many young people who might not otherwise get the chance to make music."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, added, "Youth Music is a fantastic organisation that has a really positive impact on the lives of so many young people. I am delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support this great cause and I am looking forward to working with Youth Music for the foreseeable future."