Older adult music sessions receive £20,000 funding

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Lincolnshire based community music organisation soundLINCS has received a funding boost of £20,000 towards growing their New Tricks project, developing a 50+ Adult Music Service across the County, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The project provides adults aged 50+ playing all instruments and abilities with the opportunity to shape a new musical group around their passions, whether that’s creating music, exploring new instruments or learning their favourite tunes as part of a fun and social group.

Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, soundLINCS CEO, said: “We’re delighted that the Postcode Community Trust have recognised the exciting work taking place with New Tricks and have given us this great opportunity to continue to build and develop the project.

“We are discovering an ever-growing and enthusiastic abundance of individuals wanting to make music through the project and want to provide as many people as possible across the County with quality innovative music-making opportunities over its lifetime.

“We truly believe that it should be a right for all older adults to have access to music, be that as an audience member or as an active participant, at home, within a care home, in hospital, hospice or within the local community, the opportunity to be creative or appreciate creativity should never be denied.

“Off the back of the great success of the current sessions we hope to set up many more groups in the coming months and years to create a vibrant culture of enjoying, learning, playing, writing and sharing music with others.”

Sessions are currently running in Lincoln, Boston, North Hykeham, Spalding, Grantham, Grimsby, Woodhall Spa, Gainsborough and many more. Genres vary from Folk, Blues and Classic Rock through to Ukulele and Drumming. To see a full listing of sessions please visit www.soundlincs.org/new-tricks