Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, The Big Music Project brings together the creative industries, represented by Global Radio and Capital FM, with the grassroots networks of UK Youth to connect with young people around the UK through their love of music.
Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year it funds 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
Global is one of Europe’s fastest growing music and entertainment companies. Their radio stations include the UK’s three biggest commercial radio networks – Capital, Heart and Classic FM – as well as Smooth, LBC, Capital XTRA, Xfm and Gold. Global also operates two television channels, Capital TV and Heart TV, and a music talent and music publishing business with a roster of international recording artists.
The Big Music Project will be delivered by Global’s Make Some Noise which is the newest chapter in Global’s long history of uniting its listeners and clients and improving the lives of children and young people. Over 40 years, they have raised a staggering £35million and helped more than 3 million children and their families.
UK Youth is a national charity at the heart of a network of organisations that support young people to learn, grown and succeed. Through their network of youth development organisations across the UK, they empower over 700,000 young people to take control of their own lives with the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to help them reach their full potential and grow into confident, capable adults who lead fulfilling lives. UK Youth has partnered with Youth Scotland, Youth Cymru, Youth Action Northern Ireland, MyPlace and Rathbone to set up 110 Big Music Hubs across the UK.
Each Hub will be given free accredited training and resources to enable 5-15 young people aged 16 – 24 (Music Champions) to run their own music projects and deliver peer education, which will ensure a wider group of young people have improved access to opportunities.