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Patients at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital benefit from £127 000 music project grant

Youth Music

The National Foundation for Youth Music this week awarded a grant of £127,000 to the arts charity LIME, working within the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  The money will be used on a unique music project run by Music for Health, based within the LIME charity, to work with young patients at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Overall, the North West region has benefited from grants totalling £461,600 awarded by Youth Music to organisations providing music-making opportunities for children and young people in their local communities.

Music for Health has been working in health and social care settings for over 8 years, delivering unique programmes of live, interactive music making and training for musicians and healthcare staff . Initially established at the Royal Northern College of Music, it is now based within the award-winning arts for health charity LIME, delivering a Music for Health Programme for Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust. LIME Music for Health also commissions research on the impact of music on healthcare communities.

Holly Marland, Music for Health Specialist at LIME, described the difference music made to one young patient: "When
Lime ArtsEmily was in Intensive Care at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, her grandmother told us that it was during our music-making session that she had smiled for the first time and that this had been a great relief for her family as it signalled that she was recovering. Since leaving hospital, Emily told delegates at our recent Music for Health Seminar: 'I love dancing, I love singing too!'"

Holly added: "Youth Music funding will bring the positive, shared experience of music- making to many more hospitalised children and young people as well as helping to support more musicians as they develop the skills and sensitivity required for work in healthcare settings. We're so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to sharing our work."

Matt Griffiths, Executive Director, Youth Music says:  "We are delighted to support this project as it will provide such a valuable experience for the young people taking part.  We know that through music, many young people find a new focus in their lives and in this way, LIME will be providing them with a unique experience.  We wish the organisers every success with this very worthwhile project."

The national charity Youth Music supports life-changing music-making opportunities for children and young people with least opportunity.  These include young people at risk of exclusion, children in care, those coping with disability and young people living in urban deprivation or rural isolation. It announced grants totalling over £3.4m across England, bringing the number of projects helped over the last year to 418, the highest ever. These projects reach out to over 100,000 children and young people every year.  Grants are made available across all musical genres from opera to hip-hop.

A list of all the organisations awarded funding may be found at:  http://bit.ly/ymgrantsAug13