Barnsley Libraries receive funding from Youth Music to increase access to music-making and performance for young people in the borough

Last year, Youth Music had awarded Barnsley Libraries with a grant of £29,948 to increase access to music-making and performance for young people in Barnsley and provide a space for celebrating creativity. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the project has been postponed but is now able to restart. 

Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. The charity works particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through. 

Barnsley Libraries will be working with partners and young people who will participate in music-making activities with professional musicians, hopefully raising confidence, aspirations and enjoyment. Partners include Barnsley College, WE Great Place Ambassadors and Barnsley Music Hub. 

While some activities will take place digitally via Zoom, others will be outdoors with social distancing measures in place. Depending on the Coronavirus restrictions, Library @ the Lightbox hopes to host a final event in the summer, where all the music tracks, songs and videos that the groups have made would be presented.  

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Adults and Communities, said: “We are excited to get started on this project after a delay due to COVID-19. We hope that access to music-making will give Barnsley’s young people a chance to learn a new skill, boost their confidence, and work with professional musicians and artists. 

“Barnsley Libraries are committed to giving young people opportunities and access to arts, culture and music, and we’re excited to see what the outcomes of the project will be.”  

This project is supported by Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

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