Music-making in Birmingham gets three year funding boost from Youth Music

Tue 28 April 2015

mac birmingham has been awarded £153,000 this year with further grants of up to £292,000 made over the following two years, by the National Foundation for Youth Music, to offer music making to young people across Birmingham.  mac is one of 13 organisations around the country that has been selected to become a strategic partner of Youth Music and over the next three years will work with Youth Music towards the national charity’s aim of creating a musically inclusive England, where every child can access music-making opportunities, regardless of their circumstances.

Many of the young people Youth Music supports face significant challenges in their lives. These may arise from economic issues, from disability or lifelong health conditions, mental health or behavioural issues and from other life circumstances including living in rural isolation, being a young carer or refugee.

mac birmingham has put creativity at the heart of its mac makes music programme, offering workshops in innovative music technology, song writing, music ensemble and a performance platform for children and young people who would otherwise experience limited opportunities in life. The programme aims to unlock and nurture talent, raise aspirations, provide a positive outlet for expression and advocate for equality in music education and participation.

Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Music said:  “We’re really delighted to be working with mac birmingham as one of our strategic partners to deliver an exciting programme of music-making opportunities for children and young people in Birmingham and surrounding areas. These three-year grants will really help to develop and sustain music-making locally, taking our investment in the West Midlands to £776,500 in this funding round.”

Sandra Taylor, Producer of the mac makes music programme added: “mac birmingham is delighted to receive this funding from Youth music, which will enable us to raise the bar in terms of ambition and innovation in our music-making offer for those children and young people who may face challenges, resulting in fewer opportunities. Our programme aims to make a real difference for the individuals we work with as well as influence changes for future generations of young musicians.”

For a full list of grants awarded see here. To find out more about Youth Music visit

Youth Music is supported by Arts Council England, People’s Postcode Lottery and by charitable donations, including money raised through its Give a Gig fundraising initiative. 

For press enquiries about Youth Music please contact David O’Keefe, Media and PR Manager at or call 0207 902 1096.

For press enquiries about mac birmingham, please contact Marcia Springer, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer at or call 0121 446 3237.