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UpRising press release

£199,500 investment for music activities for young people across East Midlands!

UpRisingAdditional investment has been secured, for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) across the East Midlands, to improve their music making opportunities.

£199,500 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, socially as well as musically.

Equitable access...

"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"

Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music

MEHEM is a consortium of seven Music Education Hubs representing the cities and counties of the East Midlands and the project – MEHEM UpRising! – will increase region wide collaboration, 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 3 year project led by the award winning Lincolnshire Music Service, on behalf of MEHEM, will ultimately provide improved music provision for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Improving inclusive music provision...

"There is so much high-quality, pioneering work already happening in the East Midlands. 'Uprising' seeks to identify, develop and share best practice, provide platforms for discussion and growth, 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 progression pathways. 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."

Ben Sellars, MEHEM UpRising! Project Leader