The South East’s leading music charity Rhythmix has been nominated for the Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016 and the public can vote to support the local charity here: lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
Rhythmix has been selected from 600 nominations to compete in a public vote from 22 June against six other projects, with an awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on the 9th of September to announce the winners.
The charity provides free music making sessions to children, young people and older people with dementia across the South East of England. Professional music leaders have helped thousands of people in challenging circumstances, transforming lives through music. The award comes as the charity celebrates it’s 17th year of work in the community.
Rhythmix supports children and young people with disabilities, special educational needs and learning disabilities, in hospitals, hospices, with experiences of domestic abuse and looked-after children. Rhythmix also works with adults with dementia. Rhythmix makes sure all people, especially those excluded from traditional music education, can make music in a way that benefits them and that they enjoy.
Mark Davyd, Rhythmix CEO, said: “Our work changes so many lives by giving vulnerable people the chance to make music. We’re delighted to have got through to the finals of The National Lottery Awards. It’s easy to vote, so we’re hoping all our supporters will help us be crowned the UK’s best arts project.”
Rhythmix uses music for more than just fun; it’s a tool that raises self-confidence, reduces stress, promotes self-expression and helps people to start a new chapter in their lives.
Chrissie, a mother talking about her son Liam, at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton, said: “My heart skips a beat when I hear the Musicians on the ward because I know Liam will get a moment of real quality interaction. He is visually impaired so music has always been important to him. The project makes all the difference to our stay.”
If you believe that Music Transforms Lives, support Rhythmix by voting at lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards from the 22nd of June until the 20th of July.