All thanks to who?

Plymouth Music Zone is a charity and receives no statutory funding. It therefore relies on obtaining funding from a diverse range of sources including public funders, commissions and earned income as well as Trusts and Foundations and private donations, some of whom wish to remain anonymous. The largest funders are below: 

Big lottery fund

PMZ was awarded nearly £500,00 through the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities fund for its four year 'Changing Tunes' programme. Changing Tunes is all about breaking down barriers to interaction and understanding between generations.  It aims to enhance and change people's perceptions of themselves as well as others bu reaching out to empower the most vulnerable groups through shared musical experiences.  It links older people with marginalised school pupils and other diverse community groups to widen social horions and increase older people's influence and everyone's wellbeing.

LLoyds bank foundation Lloyds Bank Foundation logo

PMZ was awarded £75,000 by Lloyds Bank Foundation's 'Invest' programme for 'Voices for the Unsung'  a three year project especially for carers and those they care for, especially those in transition times in their lives.  The project aims to address the issues some face including mental health, stress and anxiety, loneliness, lack of confidence and self-esteem.


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Arts Council England is the national arts development agency that champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. Arts Council England supports arts and culture using public money from the government and the National Lottery.

Plymouth Music Zone secured almost £100,000 from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme to deliver a 2 year intergenerational project that brings together a diverse range of people to collaborate in creating a unique piece of music for the first time. The ‘Pass the Baton’ project provides a host of musical activities for participants normally excluded from the arts enabling them to work together to become composers of their own original music.
‘Pass the Baton’ also includes investment in staff training and development to help PMZ pass on its learning to other regional and national arts organisations. The organisation’s recent award winning success and heightened profile has brought increased attention around how it manages to use music to tackle loneliness and isolation and how it supports so many people to better deal with difficult changes and challenges in their lives.


Plymouth Music Zone received special funding to lead a ground-breaking research programme in partnership with Plymouth University, showing how music can help those people with the most profound barriers to communication.  Arts Council England awarded the 'Beyond Words' research programme more than £150,000 over 2 years to study the benefits of using music to reach out to those who cannot or do not speak.  This is one of only 8 projects nationally to be awarded an Arts Council England research grant.  Other winners include organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal College of Music.


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Youth Music is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

Youth Music provides PMZ with funding for children up to age 18 years (25 years with special needs/at risk) to access music making to develop self-confidence, communication skills, social skills and musical skills. PMZ's 'Tuning into Transitions' programme was awarded nearly £100,000 over 2 years and focuses on empowering people to navigate a range of challenging changes.  It aims to enrich the musical and wider development of young people with multiple and complex needs, especially those facing difficult or traumatic transitions.  It also develops existing and aspiring music leaders and partner organisations, strengthening our capacity to position music as a powerful support and development tool at the heart of local strategic health priorities committed to creating 'happy, healthy and aspiring communities'. 


Big Lottery logoPlymouth Music Zone was awarded almost £283,000 over 4 years from the The Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme that funds projects that help people and communities most in need.

Over the next 4 years Project Crossovers will provide music and technology activities to help reduce social isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of the most marginalised groups in Plymouth and other parts of Devon including the disabled, the elderly and those experiencing mental health issues. 





PMZ has been awarded around £150,000
over 3 years from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales for our innovative 'Keep Singing, Keepsake' project. This programme is all about using music to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation in residential care homes, sheltered housing schemes and dementia care settings across Plymouth. It brings older people together through weekly singing sessions that lead to the creation of audio and video 'keepsakes' that can then be shared with family or loved ones. It will especially target those areas of Plymouth with the highest number of older people experiencing financial deprivation reaching hundreds of people over the 3 year period. 


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Plymouth City Council Children's Services commissions Plymouth Music Zone to deliver work that targets children in Plymouth with disabilities and those on the autistic range with particular emphasis on out of school opportunities to allow families some respite time.