MINC Sound Splash
Children and young people can experience challenges in their lives through their immediate social, economic or geographic environment, physical or learning disabilities or other factors. Music is a vital ingredient in bringing personal and social change for these children.
Funded by Youth Music as part of its Musical Inclusion Programme, Bristol Music Trust’s Sound Splash project aims to address the gaps in music making provision for children and young people in challenging circumstances.
Sound Splash will run from April 2012 to March 2014, across Bristol and its neighbouring local authorities, giving great music making opportunities for the most disadvantaged children.
There are five main strands of activity to Sound Splash:
- Partnership development - including working with Bristol Music Educators Partnership, the newly formed Music Education Hubs. Non-music Organisations working with children in challenging circumstances and working with new partners.
- Networking - making the best use of local, regional and national networks, professional networks and informal networks.
- Continued Professional Development - supporting and strengthening workforce practice.
- Breakthrough Activity - creating new partnerships to design and run breakthrough projects which will research and evaluate locally effective ways of working with children in challenging circumstances.
- Cold Spot activity - working with a range of partners to respond to the need of children and young people through music making activities where opportunities are currently limited.
Many of the organisations involved are specialists in working with children in the most challenging circumstances, and experienced in delivering a range of outcomes for children and young people.
Working with regional and local strategic partners and across a range of agendas and forums, they will feed knowledge and learning into a national strategy and policy.
This is happening initially through pilot projects, many of which have already started, and include:
- South Gloucestershire Music Hub working wit South Gloucestershire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Service.
- Basement Studio working with young people’s support services at The Station, Bristol
- Drake Music working with Bristol Youth and Play Service
- Colston Hall Education working with schools in Alternative Education
- Bath Festivals and WOMAD working with youth hubs in Peasedown St John and South Gloucestershire
- Trinity Community Arts working with communities in Lawrence Hill and Ashley wards
- B-Creative working with Weston College
Colston Hall/Bristol Music Trust, Creative Youth Network, Knowle West Media Centre, Trinity Community Arts, Superact, Bath Festivals, Basement Studios, Visible Thinking, Hi Road Studios, B-Creative, Drake Music, Gathering Voices and the music hubs in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset.
Children in Challenging Circumstances CCC
Our definition of Children in Challenging Circumstances means young people who are in one or more of the following circumstances:
- Asylum Seeker
- Attends Pupil Referral Unit
- English as a second language
- Excluded from school
- Looked after
- Mental health problems
- Not in Education, Employment or Training
- Physically disabled
- Rurally isolated
- Sensory impaired
- Special educational needs
- Young carer
- Young offender
- Young parent
Are areas where there are currently limited opportunities available for children in challenging circumstances to access high quality music making opportunities that progress their musical, social and educational development.
Breakthrough activity will support new and emerging organisations and/or practitioners to deliver short-term ‘breakthrough’ activities to work with young people primarily in challenging circumstances, depending on the needs in the area.