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Funding to the tune of £39,600 for Sensatronic Sessions


One of Sense Scotland’s flagship projects – Sensatronic – has been awarded almost £40,000 from Creative Scotland, which will provide access to music-making and creative expression across the country this year.

The funding will support the 2018-19 Sensatronic Sessions Project which aims to increase access to digital music sessions across Scotland for young people who have additional support needs and who face other barriers. The project will also include unique continual professional development training sessions for professionals and carers.

David McCluskey, Music Tutor at Sense Scotland, said: “This funding gives us a fabulous opportunity to inspire more young person-led musical innovation and embrace diversity in this recognised Year of Young People. It allows us to take the sessions to areas of Scotland which currently lack such opportunities.”

Last year the project hit all the right notes with people from Edinburgh to Dundee to Fort William, who took advantage of free sessions to explore electronic music, using everything from ‘pianos’ made with bananas and instruments made with bike wheels and pizza boxes. The electronic ‘Makey Makey’ kit allows sound to be made through touch.

One family, whose son came along to the sessions last year, said: “He always enjoyed music but we’ve never really known how to channel it as traditional music didn’t grab his attention. This has really boosted his confidence and he feels he did really well. Thanks for leading us down a new and exciting path.”

The funding was one of many through the Youth Music Initiative (YMI) Access to Music-Making fund. This fund awards grants of between £4,500 and £90,000 to help those aged up to 25 have the chance to take part in music-making activities and develop music skills for life, learning and work.

More than £1.6 million has been awarded by Creative Scotland to 48 organisations from across Scotland to enable young people to access music making.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Youth Music Initiative is introducing music to thousands of young people who might otherwise only have limited opportunities to get involved in music making.”

Claire Byers, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to announce this new round of awards alongside a wide-ranging report demonstrating the impact of the Youth Music Initiative. YMI increases opportunities for young people thanks to thousands of talented and dedicated musicians, class teachers, tutors and coordinators working with young learners and helping to boost their skills and aspirations.”