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 and Music of Life’s music tuition for deaf children.
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.
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 Gloucester’s first and only inclusive, community rehearsal space and recording studio for young people. Launching in July 2021, the Hub will offer Gloucester’s first fully accessible music space for over 1,000 young people/year, focussing on young people in challenging circumstances.
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.