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Musical Connections Funding Survey!

Please help us!

Quench Arts is currently planning an application to the Big Lottery Fund to expand Musical Connections.

Musical Connections is an established creative music making project for vulnerable, isolated and disabled adults with specific needs, including mental health service users. The project uses music making activities to build confidence, resilience and life skills, improving wellbeing and reducing isolation.

We are asking people who might benefit from the project in the future to complete this survey. We want to know if Musical Connections can help more people and, if so, how it can address your needs. Your views will really help us to shape the project and evidence whether there is a need.

You can complete it online: http://tinyurl.com/musicalconnections

Please share! It should take less than 5 minutes to complete!   If you work with a group of people who may benefit, then we can provide hard copies of the questionnaire. Just get in touch with us if this would be helpful.

Thank you!

Download here: Musical Connections Funding Survey

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Musical Connections Fundraising Gig

Please come and support this Musical Connections Fundraising Gig on the 27th October! £3 entry

Huge thanks to Katy Bennett for agreeing to be a support artist. Musical Connections members will then perform a selection of tracks and finally, Musical Connections band ADHD will headline the night.

We are extremely grateful to Thimblemill Library for the use of their facilities!

This is the first of 5 fundraising events that Quench Arts will be running over the next 12months for Musical Connections as part of our Arts Council Wellbeing Organisational Development programme, some of which focuses on different ways to fundraise for our work. A great night is guaranteed and all for a good cause!

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Musical Connections Hub programme is launching in July!

The Musical Connections Hub programme is launching in July. If you are interested in getting involved, please see the posters to see which venue is closest to where you live (Handsworth, Erdington, Yardley, Longbridge, Solihull). You need to register if you are interested in attending and how to do this is explained on the posters. We are very much looking forward to the start of this exciting new phase of Musical Connections!

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Musical Connections Newsletter and events

Hi to all Musical Connections members!

We hope that you are all doing ok!

We are going to send you a newsletter in the next 2 weeks but not everyone has filled in a database consent form. If you’ve not signed one and still want to hear about Musical Connections, please download the form from the Musical Connections website (www.musicalconnections.info). If we don’t have the form, then we can’t get in touch with you!

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about a couple of events coming up next week that may interest you.

ASTONish on Stage: 5.00pm, Wed 4th April, Symphony Hall. Cost: FREE but you must book in advance via the box office or at www.thsh.co.uk/event/astonish-on-stage
More info: ASTONish is a development program for creatives in Aston & Newtown with the potential to become dynamic cultural leaders. ASTONish on stage will showcase 3 fantastic participants, Lekan Babalola (twice Grammy award-winning Nigerian percussionist), Mabowunje Harrison (cross platform Jazz, Soul & Gospel artist with singing at the forefront) and Sonia Indigo Clarke (soul/jazz vocalist, songwriter & pianist with roots in gospel and reggae).

Honey Bunny Music Night: 7:30 PM – 11 PM, Thurs 5th April, The Station, 7 High St, Kings Heath, Birmingham. B14 7BB. Cost: £3 suggested donation (more if people can afford it).
More info: This is an Arts All Over The Place fundraiser featuring: Gene Burton, Drum Rockady, Big Bren, Matt Nunn, plus Musical Connections bands: Cosmic Soul, ADHD & The Paul Lawrence Band.

Download the database consent form below if you want to receive the newsletters and send back to us in the post to FREEPOST QUENCH ARTS (no more details needed on the envelope except for those 3 words).
Database Consent Form

We hope to see you all soon!

Nic & Liz, Quench Arts

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Musical Connections group session today IS ON!

The Musical Connections group session will still go ahead today despite the snow.

Please leave plenty of time to get to ACMC.

To check your bus routes, see www.networkwestmidlands.com/alerts

If you are travelling by car, it will be best to park on the surrounding roads as the car park is not clear to drive into.

The pavements are likely to be slippy so please take extra care.

Safe travels!

Buses (info from the National Express West Midlands website at 10:37pm:
The following services will be running as normal: 6(Yardley Wood), 6(Walsall), 7, 8C, 9, 11A & 11C, 29(Walsall), 36, 38, 50, 55, 60, 66, 70 & 70A, 71(Perry Barr), 74, 87, 97,120, 129, 140, 242, 246, 276, 302, 529, X2, X10, X14 & X51
The following services will be running part of the route as follows:
Service 1 (Acocks Green) – will use main roads only via Olton Boulevard East and Gospel Lane. Currently unable to serve Gospel Oak.
Service 2 (Yardley Wood) – will run along Yardley Wood Road, currently unable to serve Daisy Farm.
Service 3 (Yardley Wood) – will use main roads only along Priory Road.
Service 4 (Walsall) – will run to Blackheath, currently unable to serve Caldmore
Service 4M – will run to Blackheath, currently unable to serve Caldmore, Rowley Hospital, Cradley Interchange.
Service 4H – will run to Blackheath, currently unable to serve Caldmore, Hasbury Green and Hayley Green.
Service 5 (Acocks Green) – will run along main roads only, currently unable to serve New Road, Franholems Drive, Shelley Cresecent, Kedleston Road, Baldwins Lane, Newborough Road
Service 5 (West Bromwich) – normal line of route, currently unable to serve Pheasey estate.
Service 10 (Walsall) – will run to Brownhills only.
Service 10 (Wolverhampton) – will use main roads only and will terminate at Compton.
Services 11 & 13 (Walsall) – will run to Wednesbury but missing out Wednesbury bus station. The 13 route to Dudley will turn at Castle Gate.
Service 11 (Wolverhampton) – will run as normal but will terminate at the Scotland’s Island.
Service 14 – diverted via Jennens Road and Nechells Parkway due to poor road conditions around Duddeston, Vauxhall Road and Cardigan Street.
Service 16 – will run to main roads only.
Service 17 – will run to normal line of route but will terminate at Bell Lane and Tile Cross Road by the shops.
Service 18 – will use main roads only and will terminate at Northfield.
Services 22 & 23 – will run between Birmingham and California only via Northfield Rd (Stonehouse Hill/Lane, Sommerfield Road, Jiggins Lane, Bartley Green, Kitwell and Woodgate are not being served).
Service 24 – will run beween Birmingham and World End Lane (Ridgacre Lane, Highfield Road and Simmons Drive are not being served).
Service 25 (Wolverhampton) – will run to main roads only.
Service 27 (Wolverhampton) – will use main roads only, currently unable to serve Bournville Estate.
Service 28 – normal line of route, buses will terminate on Dyas Road.
Service 29 – will run between Birmingham and Northfield only via War Lane & Northfield Road. currently unable to serve Harborne Park Road, Quinton Road and Stonehouse Hill/Lane.
Service 29 (Walsall) – normal line of route.
Service 31 – will run to main roads only, currently unable to serve Severne Road, Tavistock Road, Broom Hall Crescent and will be using Gospel Lane only.
Service 33 – normal line of route, buses will terminate at Kingstanding Cricle.
Services 32 & 33 (Wolverhampton) – will run to normal line of route.
Services 34 & 39 – will run to main roads only, currently unable to service Bilston.
Service 35 (Yardley Wood) – will use main roads via Shannon Road, Masshouse Lane (currently unable to serve Hawkesley until gritted).
Service 37 (Acocks Green) – will run the full route but will be unable to serve Solihull bus station.
Service 40 (West Bromwich) – main roads only, unable to serve Friar Park.
Services 42 & 43 – will use main roads only via Ocker Hill Island currently unable to serve Salter road.
Service 44 – using main roads only, currently unable to serve Harvills Estate and will run along main road Dial Lane.
Service 45 – using main roads only via Beacon View Road and Milton Street.
Service 45 – will run between Birmingham and Cotteridge only (West Heath and Longbridge are not being served).
Service 46 (West Bromwich) – normal line of route to and from Scott Arms, currnelty unable to serve West Bromwich bus station.
Service 47 – will run between Birmingham and Cotteridge only (Turves Green and Cofton Hackett are not being served).
Service 47 – using main roads only, currently unable to serve Millfields Estate, using Woden Road South.
Service 48 – will run to main roads only to Bearwood.
Service 49 – will use main roads only, currently unable to serve Brandhall Estate, using Wolverhampton Road to Bearwood.
Service 49 (Yardley Wood) – will use main roads only to Northfield via Cotteridge (Frankley Beeches Road to Rubery).
Service 51 – will run to main roads only and cannot serve One Stop Interchange.
Services 52 & 52A – normal line of route, buses will terminate by Clifton traffic lights.
Service 54 – will run as normal to Stafford but is unable to serve Coven.
Service 59 (Wolverhampton) – will be using main roads only.
Service 63 – will run between Birmingham and Longbridge only (Rubery Village and Holly Hill are not being served).
Service 65 – will run to normal line route to Streetly Road the will divert via Short Heath Road and College Road.
Service 66 – normal line of route.
Service 67 – will run to main roads only and will terminate at Spit Fire Island.
Service 69 (Wolverhampton) – will use main roads, currently unable to serve Coppice Farm.
Service 72 – will run to main roads only.
Service 73 – will run to main roads only.
Service 76 – will use Pershore Road, Pebble Mill Road, Bristol Road (currently unable to serve Dawlish Rd and Warwards Lane)
Service 77 – will use main roads, currently unable to serve The Crescent, Blackwood Road, Bridle Lane and George Fredrick.
Route 79 (Wolverhampton) – will run normal line of route, currently unable to serve Wednesbury and West Bromwich Bus Station.
Services 80/80A – will use main roads only. Currently unable to serve Devonshire Road and Price Street, using Cape Hill Dudley Road.
Service 81 (Wolverhampton) will use main roads only.
Service 84 – will use main roads only via Masshouse Lane (currently unable to serve Foyle Road and Green Lane).
Service 89 – will use main roads will not be able to serve all side streets including Trevor Road.
Service 94 – will run to main roads only.
Service 96 – will run to Kingstanding via Buckingham Road and Windwardway to continue normal line of route. At Witton lodge Road, Collage Road and onto Brackenbury Road.
Service 98 – will run between Birmingham and Longbridge only (Rednal, Hare and Hounds and Rubery Great Park are not being served).
Service 101 – will run from Birmingham via Icknieled Street, Pitsford Street and onto All Saints Street to continue normal line of route. Towards Birmingham via Pitsford Street, Icknield Street, Carver Street and onto Warstone Lane to continue normal line of route.
Service 126 – will run normal line of route, using main roads only.
Service 154 – will run as normal but is currently unable to serve Hednesford.
Services 205 – will use main roads only, currently unable to service Russell’s Hall estate.
Service 222 – currently unable to serve Russels Hall Estate or Nanny Goat Farm.
Service 244 – currently unable to serve Hawne Lane (using Furnace Hill instead), Welsh House Farm to the QE, operating via West Boulavard to Harborne.
Services 255 & 256 – will run to main roads only.
Service 257 – currently unable to serve Stickley estate and Aintree Way.
Service 289 – is unable to serve Brickhouse Farm, operating via Powke Lane from Coxs Lane.
Service 301 – will use Elmore Road, currently unable to serve Bloxwich High Street.
Service 907 – normal line of route, will use layby by One Stop.
Services 934, 936 & 937 – will run to main roads only. Currently unable to service The Crescent Walsall, Daffodil Road (keeping to Sutton Road), Hundred Acre Road and Pheasey Church.
Service 997 – will run to main roads only, currently unable to serve Shady Lane.
Service X1 – will run between Birmingham and Coventry via A45/Birmingham Rd (Meriden, Allesley Village and Parkhill Drive are not being served).
Services X3, X4 & X5 – will run to main roads only.
Service X12 – will run the full route but will be unable to serve Solihull bus station.
Service X61 – will run between Birmingham and Northfield only (Raven Hays & Holly Hill is not being served).
Service X64 – will run between Birmingham and Selly Oak only (Weoley Castle, Bangham Pit, Bartley Green and Woodgate are not being served).
Service X96 – will run between Dudley – Stourbridge (Foster Street East) only. Currently unable to serve Wrens Nest.
Service X70 – will run Birmingham to Chelmsley, currently unable to serve Hall Road, Chester Road, Beechcroft Road, and Parkfield Drive as well as Coleshill Parkway.

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Musical Connections news

Musical Connections news: We are very sad to announce that, after over 21 years of existence, we will be running our last Musical Connections project group session on Monday, at least for the immediate future.

Unfortunately, despite our very best efforts and a huge amount of very powerful evidence proving the difference that the project has made to our members’ lives, we have not been able to secure ongoing funding for the project. We have been extremely grateful for the support that the project has achieved to date, most recently from the Big Lottery Fund, which has enabled us to work with and improve the lives of so many amazing people, and it has been a real honour to have been involved with such a successful and inspiring project. Unfortunately, with huge competition and less money to go around, it wasn’t possible to achieve Reaching Communities funding for a 3rd time, even with significant development and a new outreach programme.

Obviously, we’ve not given up on trying to sustain this extremely successful project and we know that the news has been incredibly disappointing for all our project members and people on our waiting list. We now need some time to take stock, investigate other funding avenues and look at some alternative models of delivery.

We are extremely proud to know that the musical connections and friendships made through the project will absolutely live on regardless and want to say a huge thank you to all involved for making Musical Connections the family that it is. We plan to celebrate everything that’s been achieved at the final group session on Monday. All members, past and current, are welcome and details have been sent in the project newsletter.

A Big Lottery Fund spokesperson has said: “Big Lottery Fund grants are highly sought after, and as such it is a competitive process, with demand exceeding the money available. We know that it can be disappointing when an application is unsuccessful. Difficult decisions have to be made as we are unable to fund all worthwhile projects we receive applications from. We have enjoyed working with Quench Arts on the Musical Connections project, and would be happy to receive applications from them in the future.”

These videos show why we are so keen to gain further funding for the project. We very much hope that there will be more positive news that we can share about the project in the future.

Thanks for all of your ongoing support!

Liz & Nic (Quench Arts)

https://tinyurl.com/GarysMCStory
https://tinyurl.com/PaulsMCStory
https://tinyurl.com/HelensMCStory

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Gary’s Story

So here’s our final Musical Connections case study that we would like to share with you. A huge THANK YOU to long time Musical Connections member Gary for sharing his journey! Thanks also to Bethany and James Stanley Fine Art Photography and Filmaking for their videoing and editing skills.

This is Gary’s Story…

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Paul’s Story

Today we want to share with you the second of 3 video case studies from our Musical Connections project. A huge THANK YOU to Musical Connections member Paul for agreeing to take part. As a very shy individual, we know it took a lot of guts to do this and we appreciate it so much! Thanks also to Bethany and James Stanley Fine Art Photography and Filmaking for their videoing and editing skills.
This is Paul’s Story…

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