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)