News and stories News Severn Arts confirm new partnership Severn Arts has been selected to join Awards for Young Musicians’ Furthering Talent programme and will work in partnership with them and Youth Music to deliver the programme supporting the musical learning of young people facing challenging circumstances in Worcestershire. The UK charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) has announced partnerships with Severn Arts (lead organisation for Worcestershire’s Music Education Hub) and four other Hubs in Liverpool, Lewisham, Sunderland and Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch who will all begin delivering AYM’s Furthering Talent programme in the next 12 months. What is Furthering Talent? Furthering Talent supports the musical learning of young people living in challenging circumstances. Participants who would otherwise have to stop their instrumental learning (when their school whole class lessons end) receive funding and a range of other support, including weekly instrumental tuition for a minimum of two years. Their parents/carers and teachers are also supported in a variety of ways. Laura Worsfold, Severn Arts CEO said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the five new Music Hubs to join the Awards for Young Musicians Furthering Talent programme. The programme will enable us to support some of our most talented musicians to grow and develop their practice, who might otherwise not have the chance to continue their musical journey due to challenging circumstances in their lives. This is a wonderful opportunity for those musicians to overcome all barriers to music-making and achieve their aspirations and goals in their chosen field. We look forward to working with Awards for Young Musicians and our young people over the next two years.” Severn Arts’ role is to identify local (Worcestershire) young musicians who could benefit the most from joining the programme. Hubs in Bradford, Brighton, Greater Manchester, Hull, Leicestershire, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, The Music Partnership (North-West Midlands) and Wiltshire already deliver Furthering Talent, which has been described as ‘overwhelmingly successful’ by music education expert Richard Hallam. The addition of the five new Hubs means that, with significant support from Youth Music, the programme will help over 500 young people across England by 2021. Furthering Talent is supported by Youth Music with funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. For more information about Furthering Talent, please visit: a-y-m.org.uk/how-we-help/furthering-talent/ About Awards for Young Musicians Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. AYM is here to change this in two key ways: Supporting young musicians from low income families with funding and other help Supporting music education through training, advocacy and research. This combination creates real impact. For the last 20 years, AYM has offered young people holistic, tailor-made support to further their music education, whether that means funding instruments, lessons, transport, expanding young people’s musical networks and giving them opportunities to perform. Beyond this, AYM’s varied programmes include supporting the wider sector e.g. through training teachers in identifying and nurturing talent wherever they find it. AYM is a founding member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. Furthering Talent is supported by Youth Music with funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. Banner photograph by Wayside Productions.