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Project information

Wiltshire Music Centre's Education Programme

We want to offer children and young people across our rural county the opportunity to take part in the highest quality music-making and educational experiences to help them reach their potential. We aim to offer progression routes for young people aged 2-21 to learn, participate and get creative.

January 2018 - January 2020

Charity information: Wiltshire Music Centre

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  • Need


    Wiltshire is classified as 90% rural, and many rural primary schools do not have dedicated music teachers. With reduced budgets in schools and the closure of Wiltshire Music Service, as well as access to instrument learning remaining a concern (ABRSM report, 2014), children are often unable to take part in any form of musical learning, performing or creating, and therefore miss out on the valuable social, intellectual and personal benefits music participation can provide.


    As the only dedicated live music venue in Wiltshire, we see the role of the professional concert hall has becoming increasingly important in ensuring that the musical life of our young people is encouraged and nurtured. We will invite children and schools of all ages to take part in workshops, concerts, masterclasses, youth orchestras and online music lessons for free or low cost, and work not only in the Centre but in communities around the county too.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide progression routes for young musicians to reach their potential


    » - Deliver two county-level Youth Orchestras for young classical and jazz musicians playing at grade 7+ standard
    » - To provide performance opportunities for young musicians in our Foyer area
    » - To hold a series of Tots concerts for very young children to spark an interest in live music, and enable them to benefit from live music exposure

    What success will look like

    By recording how many how many opportunities we have presented for young people in the period, how many young people have reported a progressions in their learning.

    Aim 2

    To provide affordable ways of young people to access live music and music-making


    » To provide 6 family concerts a year at low cost of £8 adults / £4 children tickets.
    » To give children free access to music project participation through their schools
    » To take live music into schools around the county, reducing travel costs for parents, and enabling all children in class to paticipate
    » To stream music lessons live into rural primary schools

    What success will look like

    Success will be increased number of young people participating in music for the first time, and reporting how many children have participated in total for free.

    Aim 3

    To support, inspire and nurture skills


    » Deliver our Young Producer's Club to equip young people aged 14-19 with the skills to lead, manage and deliver creative projects.
    » To deliver our monthly Zone Club for learning disabled young adults aged 16+ to continue their skills and development after leaving Special School
    » To deliver an annual Music & Science Festival exploring the interdisciplinary links between the subjects, and encouraging children's own ideas

    What success will look like

    Success will be the young people reporting that they have developed new skills as part of their participation.

  • Impact


    We aim to record how many of our Young Producers and Zone Club members gain employment or volunteering roles related to our projects; how many of our young musicians continue their musical learning after school, and will work closely with our school partners on children musical progression. Through our Programme we provide training for teachers and resource packs to support a legacy of learning.


    - Raising the necessary funds to deliver all of our work in full (we create projects that can be delivered on a skeleton budget (not without impact), and fundraise from other sources.
    - That schools are unable to participate full due to cost or travel issues (we tailor projects to schools, and invite teachers and children to participate virtually online)


    We will produce updates for donors on our Programme and also a culminating report at the end of the project. This will include data and case studies relating to our aims and activities, as well as feedback from the young people themselves, and what difference we have been able to make.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £73,000 Youth Orchestras West of England and Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra
      £7,000 Music and Science Fair x
      £8,000 Lesson Livestream x
      £2,000 Foyer performances x
      £10,000 Zone Club x

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust and Foundations £30,000 Guaranteed
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