accessyoutubeNew music projects across the country will receive a boost in funding to work with young children in hospital, the National Foundation for Youth Music has announced.

The charity will be giving further grants of £3.5 million to 69 organisations as part of its support for more than 90,000 children across England.

A grant of £97,800 has been given to the ‘Musicians in Children’s Hospitals’ project to do weekly music workshops for hospitalised children in Derbyshire, Nottingham, Leicester and Mansfield.

Nick Cutts, Director of OPUS Music CIC, said: "We are delighted that Youth Music is supporting OPUS' development of our Music in Healthcare practice.

“We are looking forward to the continued exploration of hospitals as collaborative music-making venues, helping children and young people and their families to discover music as a relief from illness and as a long-term activity both during and beyond their hospitalisation."

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A recent study by Indiana University School of Nursing has shown that music workshops can have significant benefits for young cancer patients aged 11-24, as their relationships and ability to cope with their mental condition improved.

These workshops will benefit young children missing out on musical education, giving them the ability to express themselves, improve their recovery and gain skills in regular workshops with professional musicians from OPUS.

Youth Music also awarded a grant to Gloucester Music Makers for their research into how young children with cochlear implants experience sound and music. London-based Artsdepot was another recipient for their work with Noah’s Hospice, which has highlighted a lack of music provision for life-limited or life-threatened young people

For more information on projects which have benefitted from funding, visit: http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/music_project_for_young_people_in_psychiatric_wards_receives_funding_boost.aspx