Current music projects directed towards children and youth that The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation supports under the Signatur Programme in the UK are: Music Therapy at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Music Masters’ Musicians of Change, a mentoring programme in vocal composition with ORA Singers, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s LEAP SoundLab, Aurora Orchestra’s Music for All, Gloucester’s creative safe space The Drop in partnership with The Music Works, Music of Life’s Choirs in Special Needs Schools, London Music Fund’s Partnership Fund, Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Academy Musical Theatre, Awards for Young Musicians’ Furthering Talent programme, Southbank Centre’s Youth Singing Programme, LFC Foundation’s mental health and wellbeing programme Sound Minds, Music Therapy at Caritas Bakhita House and the In Harmony programme with Liverpool Philharmonic.


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.


The Signatur Programme is supporting Music Masters in partnership with Birmingham City University to deliver the Musicians of Change (PGCEi) year-long programme for musicians committed to transforming music education. Uniquely, it focusses on nurturing and building music educators’ ability to deliver excellent, inclusive, group instrumental teaching to young people in primary, secondary and community settings 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.


With support from the Signatur Programme, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s SoundLab programme provides out of school and extra curriculum music sessions and workshops for young people from some of the hardest to reach and disadvantaged backgrounds in the West Midlands.  As part of RBC’s LEAP overall programme, the SoundLab centres in Coventry and Birmingham provide an inclusive offering to young people with additional needs where music is the driver for personal social and emotional change.


With support from the Signatur Programme, Aurora Orchestra is extending its Music for All programme to provide a music education model (Aurora Orchestra Learning) in primary schools and SEND settings across England and live storytelling performances in London partner schools. As the Resident Orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre, Aurora will develop and deliver live performances for young people on a larger scale.


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.


With support from the Signatur Programme, Music of Life is providing weekly singing sessions in special needs schools in Cambridge, Warwickshire and Birmingham, catering for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with with complex mental, physical, learning and emotional needs. The programme also trains the staff at schools to help them integrate the legacy of the sessions into the wider curriculum using techniques that stimulate students’ development in such areas as literacy, numeracy, coordination, speech and social interaction.


With support from the Signatur Programme, London Music Fund’s Partnership Fund 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.


The Signatur Programme is supporting the Junior Academy Musical Theatre programme to enable children aged 14-18 from the widest possible backgrounds to access up to 5 years 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.


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.


Caritas Bakhita House offers emergency support for female victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, providing them with the safety and support they need to begin the process of recovery and rehabilitation. With support from the Signatur Programme, the Music Therapy service offers a creative, non-verbal and trauma-informed approach to emotional recovery.


Supported by the Signatur Programme, the Liverpool Philharmonic will expand the provision of its long-term orchestral music-making programme In Harmony, increasing the effectiveness, reach and impact for young people in North Liverpool. A network of In Harmony Youth Hubs will provide young people access to a musical community and safe space to practice and hone their instrument skills, create new music and discover music industry careers. A talent development programme will complement the youth hubs, providing activities within and beyond the Philharmonic to support young people’s musical and emotional development.


The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation is indebted to all its partners who every day do amazing work in local communities across the UK. Believing in the need to pull together, we are always keen to get to know and share experiences with new potential partners.

Music of Life choirs in Special Schools.

The Hub is Gloucester’s first inclusive community music studio.

The Hub is Gloucester’s first inclusive community music studio.

Music Masters' Musicians of Change workshop.

Aurora Orchestra, photo by Nick Rutter.

Aurora Orchestra, photo by Nick Rutter.