Evolve Music


Youth Music Recharge Funding Secured

We’re thrilled to have been awarded significant funding from the Youth Music Recharge Fund, thanks to players of the Postcode Lottery. 

Evolve Music is a grassroots community music charity. Using sound exploration and improvisation we co-create music with communities and support the development of music leaders and the wider community music sector. Evolve offers a variety of programmes focused on: families, young people and adults, emphasising accessibility for everyone and ensuring under-served groups have the opportunity to create music without pressure. 

Youth Music has recognised the importance of the work we do in our community, helping people to access music and discover their innate musical abilities. This injection of core funding is pivotal to our continued work in South West England and will allow us to embed our existing programmes as well as pilot new initiatives to extend our reach. 

Evolve Chair, Claire King, says: 

“The pandemic has been tough for many people and has further limited opportunities for already under-served communities. With our core values very much aligned with those of Youth Music, we’re absolutely delighted to have their support and backing to continue sharing our love of music and helping people of all backgrounds to connect and create music that’s meaningful to them.” 

Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music, says:

“The impact on the pandemic on grassroots music projects has been profound. We received more than £13m worth of applications, demonstrating a sector in dire need of investment. 

The Youth Music Recharge Fund will secure the future of countless crucial services for young people nationwide. And importantly, it will allow recipients to focus on the wellbeing of their people and beneficiaries.

“Thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, more young people will be able to make, learn and earn in music. I’m looking forward to seeing how Evolve Music will use this financial boost to build resilience and bounce back.”

The Youth Music Recharge Fund provides vital core funding for small charities and grassroots organisations, and is one of the first national funds with a specific focus on staff wellbeing. The investment responds to research by Youth Music, How COVID-19 has affected youth music making which revealed that 60% of creative organisations needed help with funding and income diversification. A total of £1,793,809 will be distributed to 40 music projects nationwide, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 

For more information about the Youth Music Recharge Fund, visit: https://youthmusic.org.uk/recharge-fund 

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