East Midlands Music Hubs secure funding for SEND projects.

28 August 2020

£199,500 of new funds supporting music activities for young people across East Midlands

The additional investment will support music making opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across the East Midlands. 

The funding has been awarded to Music Education Hubs East Midlands (MEHEM) by national charity Youth Music, thanks to funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. Youth Music invests in music-making projects which support children and young people to develop personally and socially, as well as musically. 

Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music said, "We’re really pleased to be supporting the MEHEM Uprising! Project. It’s essential that disabled young people have equitable access to music education that meets their needs and supports their progress. And it’s particularly fantastic to see hubs working together to develop inclusive practice across the East Midlands and with local communities".

MEHEM is a consortium of seven Music Education Hubs representing the cities and counties of the East Midlands. The project, MEHEM UpRising!, will increase collaboration across the region, improve delivery of activity with and for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, strengthen the regions' workforce, and enhance organisational development to improve and deliver high quality music-making activities. 

The three year project led by the award winning Lincolnshire Music Service, on behalf of MEHEM (www.mehem.org) , will ultimately provide improved music provision for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Due to start in September, it will be delivered through mainstream and special schools. 


Jennifer McKie, Senior Music Adviser, Lincolnshire Music Service said, "Lincolnshire Music Service is delighted to lead MEHEM UpRising! in partnership with MEHEM to develop more music opportunities for children and young with SEND. We'll work together to bring the highest quality opportunities for young people across the East Midlands"


Ben Sellers, MEHEM UpRising! Project Leader added, "'Uprising' seeks to develop and share best practice, and create a globally accessible bank of training and resources.

" I am particularly interested in finding ways that specialist intervention can support ongoing music provision in schools, including through curriculum development, understanding how we can better support disabled musicians to develop careers as workshop leaders, and providing our keenest students with appropriate ways they can progress.. 

"The hope is that Uprising will both significantly improve inclusive music provision in the East Midlands and provide a framework for anyone with similar aspirations in the UK and beyond." 

Youth Music is a national charity investing in projects that help children and young people develop personally and socially, as well as musically. It works particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.

Every year, Youth Music funds around 300 projects nationwide, supporting more than 80,000 children and young people to make music, develop their skills, and progress on their chosen paths. The charity campaigns alongside young people to advocate for those who are missing out, to invest where it’s needed most, and to drive change in the music industries and education.

Youth Music is funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery, and support from donors, partners and fundraisers.