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AutismAble’s Future Collaborations Wins Youth Music Award

AutismAble is thrilled to announce that its music outreach project, Future Collaborations, has received the Youth Music Outstanding Project Award, sponsored by TikTok. This recognition highlights the project’s dedication to providing inclusive and accessible music opportunities for young people in need across the North East.

The award ceremony, held at London’s Troxy on Wednesday 18 October, celebrated the most forward-thinking projects and people making, learning and earning in music. Guests included Kojey Radical, Clara Amfo, Amelia Dimoldenberg, MNEK and BICEP.

Launched in 2022 and funded by Youth Music, Future Collaborations has successfully engaged over 100 participants aged 14-25, breaking barriers and bringing neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals closer together.

The project goes beyond traditional music education, offering a safe space for participants facing challenges such as social anxiety and financial hardship to express themselves freely. It empowers participants to take leadership roles in their learning, building confidence and self-esteem through performances, decision-making, and skill development.

Lauren Osborne, a neurodivergent singer, and Ian Black, an acclaimed recording artist for the band SLUG, deliver the project, exemplifying the passion and commitment that sets Future Collaborations apart.

The project’s design involved close collaboration with working musicians, ex-musicians, and direct input from young people, many of whom are neurodivergent. This resulted in a unique programme, addressing the specific needs of its participants, and offering access to high-quality instruments, professional studios, tutors and producers.

AutismAble thanks venues like Pop Recs, Blast Studios, and The Cluny, which provide accessible spaces to deliver the project. And, collaboration with neurodivergent musicians, including composer Ben Lunn, and the opportunity to record with Mark Broughton, who engineered Sam Fender’s last record, which further enriches the project’s impact.

“We are honoured to win the Youth Music Outstanding Project Award. Future Collaborations is a testament to the power of music to break down barriers, build confidence, and create a sense of community,” said Andrew Forster, Business Development Director at AutismAble.

Future Collaborations continues to make a lasting impact, with some participants forming their own bands, pursuing degrees, and gaining confidence that extends far beyond the realm of music. This award not only recognises the project’s past successes but also acknowledges its ongoing dedication to creating equality in music.

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