AutismAble CIC is thrilled to announce that its music initiative, ‘Future Collaborations,’ has been nominated for the ‘Outstanding Project Award’ at this year’s Youth Music Awards, in association with Hal Leonard Europe.
Earlier this year, Youth Music extended an invitation to its affiliates and young participants to put forth their nominations for the awards. Amidst hundreds of entries, ‘Future Collaborations’ has emerged as one of the standout projects, highlighting the significance of this recognition.
The grand awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, 18 October 2023, at the iconic Troxy venue in London, where winners for each category will be unveiled.
The event boasts a jury comprising industry luminaries. Among them are the award-winning band Hot Chip, renowned YouTube presenter Amelia Dimoldenberg of ‘Chicken Shop Date’, and the acclaimed DJ duo, Bicep. They, along with other esteemed judges, have carefully selected 39 nominees spanning over 12 categories.
‘Future Collaborations’ is an inclusive, fully-funded music programme sponsored by Youth Music, catering to individuals aged 14-25. Its mission is multi-fold: to bolster the participation of marginalised and hard-to-reach youth in music; to grow collaborations between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals; and to champion the values of acceptance and inclusivity in the music domain.
Youth Music CEO, Matt Griffiths:
“It’s so exciting to see the people and projects innovating within the grassroots music scene. Our judges were blown away by the level of talent and inspirational stories amongst this year’s nominees. The Youth Music Awards continues to showcase what a more diverse future of music could look like, and we want the whole industry to Take Note.”
Ian Black – Future Collaborations Lead Tutor:
“It has been an honour to be part of this Youth Music-funded scheme working with autistic and non-autistic students. The highlight was enabling all groups to experience the renowned Blast Studios, guided by the expertise of Mark Broughton, a professional sound engineer known for his work with Sam Fender and James Bay. This opportunity provided all participants with invaluable insights and experiences they will cherish.”
Andrew Forster- Programme Lead:
“It’s truly heartening to receive this nomination for our project, especially witnessing some of the learners’ remarkable journeys — from their initial steps to performing gigs, crafting their own music, pursuing further musical studies, and most importantly, forging lasting friendships. Lots of credit must go to our dedicated staff team who consistently ensure that every learner feels valued and included every step of the way. Our aspiration is to grow this project in the upcoming years and to inspire similar initiatives nationwide.”