Carousel Singers


The National Foundation for Youth Music has awarded a grant of £27,000 to Carousel, a Brighton-based charity that facilitates people with a learning disability to reach their potential in the arts.

 Many of the young people supported by the national charity Youth Music face significant challenges in their lives. These may arise from economic issues, from disability or lifelong health conditions, mental health or behavioural issues and from other life circumstances such as being a young carer or refugee.

 The grant award from Youth Music will enable Carousel to deliver a variety of initiatives with young learning-disabled musicians, including a 30 member choir, a band that is trialling an accessible system of musical notation, and the development of ‘Metopra’, a multi-platform live performance.

 Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Music said:  “We’re really pleased to be working with Carousel to deliver this valuable programme of music-making opportunities. We hope it will be of great benefit to all those taking part.   This grant will bring our total investment in the region up to  £697,000  in this funding round, which we hope will really help to develop and sustain music-making locally.”

 Carousel’s Managing Producer, Gareth Evans said:  “It is fantastic to have been awarded this money from Youth Music. It is going to give the artists we work with a chance to undertake some very exciting and progressive work.”

 For a full list of grants awarded see

 Youth Music is supported by Arts Council England, People’s Postcode Lottery and by charitable donations, including money raised through its Give a Gig fundraising initiative.