NYMAZ announces first five regions joining digital music education project Connect: Resound - Croydon, East Sussex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Surrey

Focus on children facing challenges, including rural isolation, mental health issues and looked after children

Youth music charity NYMAZ has announced the first five Music Education Hubs selected to take part in the latest phase of its pioneering digital music project Connect: Resound (www.connectresound.org.uk) which uses new technology to provide remote, real-time instrumental tuition and access t o music performances. In 2018/19, Connect: Resound will continue to address the challenges of rural isolation whilst also exploring the potential of the model to help reach young people facing additional difficulties in accessing music-making:

John Stephens, Surrey Music Hub says, "Surrey Music Hub is delighted to be part of Connect: Resound. In a large county that has high levels of traffic congestion, areas of rural deprivation as well as some of the highest numbers of unaccompanied asylum seekers in the country, being part of this programme will help us to extend our music offer to those young people who too often face barriers to accessing music education.”

In addition to working closely with the new partners to integrate the tried and tested online delivery method into their teaching practice, NYMAZ, alongside technical partner UCan Play, will be engaging Music Education Hubs, schools and music teachers across the country in Connect: Resound via: • Live Broadcasts:  a series of screenings of music performances beamed direct to classrooms and school halls, these events will be designed especially for schoolchildren and be accompanied by free teaching materials. • Free membership of NYMAZ Remote Music Learning Network: keep abreast of latest sector news, share best practice with peers and access CPD events, see www.nymaz.org.uk/for-professionals/remote • New opportunities to become delivery partners: a fresh round of applications for Connect: Resound will be opened later in the year.

As one of thirteen current strategic partners of Youth Music, NYMAZ delivers targeted music activities and workforce development to create a musically inclusive England, where every child can access music making regardless of their circum-stance.