Current music projects directed towards children and youth that The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation supports under the Signatur Programme in the UK are: the Music Room at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Music Masters Learning and Team Teach, a mentoring programme in vocal composition with ORA Singers, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Soundlab, Aurora Orchestra’s Music for All, Gloucester’s Community Music Studio and Young People’s Hub in partnership with The Music Works, Music of Life’s music tuition for deaf children, London Music Fund’s 2021 Partnership Fund, Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Juniors, Awards for Young Musicians’ Furthering Talent programme, Southbank Centre’s Youth Singing Programme and LFC Foundation’s mental health and wellbeing programme Sound Minds.
NOAH’S ARK CHILDREN’S HOSPICE
With support from the Signatur Programme, North London’s only children’s hospice is providing individual and group music therapy sessions to babies and children with life-limiting illnesses, helping to process feelings, emotions and experiences. In addition, Signatur is supporting a new research project studying the effect of music therapy for babies with traumatic brain injury and their parents/guardians in collaboration with University College Hospital London.
Music Masters provides high quality strings tuition for London state primary schools in deprived areas, enabling children from low income and ethnically diverse backgrounds to access excellent instrumental tuition. With support from the Signatur Programme, Music Masters launched Team Teach which is a unique training programme for primary school music teachers to promote excellence in group instrumental tuition across the UK.
The Signatur Programme supported ORA Singers developing a mentoring programme in vocal composition to young aspiring composers from state schools who may not ordinarily have access to compositional tuition. The programme is enhanced by a digital educational platform “ComposerCreate” which is free for any aspiring choral composer to use, providing broader impact beyond the mentorship programme. This includes worksheets, downloads, examples and advice from musical experts, video testimonies and compositional tips from choral professionals as well as specialist compositional topics presented by composers themselves.
ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE
With support from the Signatur Programme, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has begun a new initiative in music education. The SoundLab-COV centre in Coventry and SoundLab-BRUM in Birmingham provide music sessions and workshops to young people who otherwise would not be able to access music education because of cultural and socio-economic barriers.
With support from the Signatur Programme, Aurora Orchestra are extending a musical programme in partnership with schools, with a priority of reaching children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or have special educational needs (“Far, Far Away” interactive storytelling performances), and with the community charities Play for Progress and Fairbeats! to give opportunities to children whose families have refugee or migrant status. Aurora Orchestra also provides “Immersed” musical workshops as part of Islington borough’s “11 x 11 Pledge” to give every schoolchild in Islington 11 experiences of the arts by year 11.
THE MUSIC WORKS
The Signatur Programme supports The Music Works to deliver its open access programme – The Drop – which provides a safe creative space for 600 young people (70% from challenging circumstances) a year where they can begin or progress their music making journey, make friends and networks and develop as the new creative leaders of the Hub, Gloucester’s first and only inclusive, community rehearsal space and recording studio for young people.
MUSIC OF LIFE
With support from the Signatur Programme, Music of Life is providing more access to music tuition for deaf school children in London. The unique feature of the project is that it is delivered by professional musicians who are themselves deaf.
LONDON MUSIC FUND
With support from the Signatur Programme, London Music Fund has re-launched its Partnership Fund for 2021. The Project provides funding to London borough music education hubs to implement ambitious music initiatives across a diverse range of genres for 7-18 year olds to perform alongside professional musicians in iconic venues.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
The Signatur Programme is supporting the development of a new junior conservatoire programme in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. The Project enables children from the widest possible backgrounds to access high quality training in the musical theatre skills necessary for entry into a premier UK drama school and ultimately to pursue a career in musical theatre.
AWARDS FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
With support from the Signatur Programme, Awards for Young Musicians is delivering its Furthering Talent programme which is specifically designed to help talented young people from low income families to continue their musical instrument learning after initial state-funded lessons end, so that they can keep on playing music into their teens and beyond and fulfil their musical potential.
The Signatur Programme is supporting Southbank Centre to develop and roll out an ambitious, targeted Youth Singing Programme that will enable children and young people in Lambeth and across London to enjoy transformative experiences of musical participation. The project includes a secondary school singing programme and the launch of two high quality youth choirs, with a particular emphasis on reaching those with lower levels of access to culture and creative activity.
Liverpool is synonymous with both football and music; both of which have been proven to benefit a person’s mental health. With support from the Signatur Programme, the LFC Foundation has launched its Sound Minds programme which aims to combine high quality sport and football coaching with music therapy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its participants.