Kent Community Foundation has been supporting The Music Man Project since 2017 and funding from The Auston Trust Fund will be used to stage this December’s sell out Music Man Project Christmas Concert in Gillingham.
The Music Man Project is an accessible music education service creating inspirational opportunities for people with a learning disability to learn, enjoy and perform music together. Since starting in September 2017, the project has gone from strength to strength and has become like a family for many performers and carers – somewhere to belong, make friends, develop confidence and to ‘shine.’
On Wednesday 8th December The Music Man Project is holding their Christmas concert at The Glassbox Theatre, MidKent College, Medway Road, Gillingham ME7 1FN.
Sarah Mann, Regional Director, The Music Man Project (Kent/Medway), said, “We are very grateful to Kent Community Foundation and The Auston Trust Fund for the £4,500 grant. We originally applied for financial support for an Orchestral Partnership Project which would have brought all our Kent performers together to work collaboratively with local orchestral players and theatre staff. Unfortunately, the pandemic meant that we had to cancel those plans and instead we are extremely excited to be performing a Christmas concert with our friends from The City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra on 8 December at The Glassbox Theatre in Gillingham.”
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “We have been supporting The Music Man Project since it was formed in 2017 and their Christmas concert is always such an uplifting and joyful occasion.”
To find out more about Kent Community Foundation visit www.kentcf.org.uk
About The Music Man Project
The Music Man Project is an accessible music education service creating inspirational opportunities for people with a learning disability to learn, enjoy and perform music together. The Kent/Medway project, started in September 2017, is the second largest Music Man Project in the UK.
The aims of the project are to:
• Provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to sing, play and perform.
• Develop the innate musical instinct that lies within us all.
• Promote community for people that are often socially excluded.
• Educate wider society about what people with disabilities can do, rather than what they need.
• Inspire and encourage a sense of achievement, confidence and self-worth.
• To enjoy making music together and have fun!
About Kent Community Foundation
Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £45 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.
They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.
Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.