Severn Arts is part of 15 music hubs nationwide that is delivering the Furthering Talent programme in partnership with Awards for Young Musicians.  

Furthering Talent is designed to help musical young people from low income families from the moment the first sparks of potential appear. We support their instrumental learning far beyond initial state-funded lessons, so they can keep on playing music well into their teens and beyond. With Youth Music’s the nationwide programme will be supporting upwards of 500 young people across England by 2021. 

Everyone selected for the programme receives weekly instrumental tuition for a minimum of two academic years, as well as wider help for their musical progression in the form of an Individual Learning Plan. If they continue to show commitment and musical progress, then we’ll support them for at least another year, helping boost both their musical learning and achievements.

To identify young people we work closely with our partners, including schools, to find the young people who could benefit most from our help. Many are living in challenging circumstances, which makes effective communication with them, their families and their schools even more critical. 

Described as ‘overwhelmingly successful’ by music education expert Richard Hallam, in his external evaluation of the programme’s impact (January 2013), Furthering Talent has received significant support from Youth Music over a number of years. Awards for Young Musicians are a founding member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The work has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.

For more information about the programme in Worcestershire and how you can get involved, you can get in touch with our Worcestershire Furthering Talent Local Coordinator Becky Woodcock: [email protected]  

Read more information about the Awards for Young Musicians Furthering Talent programme