Grants hit the right note for Sheffield’s youth music-making

Just Another Dance Event (JADE) will use its grant of �12,516 to create a new generation of DJs and music producers.
Just Another Dance Event (JADE) will use its grant of �12,516 to create a new generation of DJs and music producers.
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Grants totalling more than £100,000 are music to the ears of three Sheffield-based projects.

Just Another Dance Event, Soundplay and the Young People’s Music Festival have all been handed cash by the Youth Music charity.

The money is made available to music projects which work with young people in challenging circumstances.

The Young People’s Music Festival got the biggest windfall of £78,000.

It will go towards giving Sheffield youngsters aged 13 to 18 access to taster, band-builder, masterclass and rock band workshops. The teens will then work towards a performance at the festival, which showcases 20 ensembles over three nights.

Frank Wilkes, development manager at Darnall Education Centre Associated Training, which runs the festival, said: “Sheffield City Region has a wealth of musical talent and the funding will allow us to develop new young artists to share their music with the wider public.”

The Soundplay early years project for three to five year-olds was awarded £22,850, which will fund regular music sessions in nurseries.

The project will be led by Music in the Round, Sheffield Music Hub and Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate.

Deborah Chadbourn, of Music in the Round, said: “Through sharing styles of music that people might not have previously experienced, we can really help expand their musical horizons.

“It is particularly valuable working with Youth Music as we can reach children who wouldn’t have had this opportunity before and support their confidence and communication skills.”

Finally, JADE will use its grant of £12,516 to create a new generation of DJs and music producers.

The project will support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn how to produce their own music and perform live in front of crowds of up to 600 young people at their popular Uprising vs JADE events.

Sam Oldroyd, project manager of JADE, said: “Delivered alongside a youth-work based approach, music is the perfect vehicle to support their personal development and effect positive change within their lives.”