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Paul Hamlyn Foundation awards Voices Foundation £1/4m

Music education charity Voices Foundation has received the largest grant of the organisation's 29-year history, £257,000 over three years

Voices Foundation’s new award will support the London-based charity’s activities in several ways: by improving the organisation’s reach and impact to benefit more pupils experiencing systematic inequality and barriers of learning; by enabling specialist evaluation; and by advancing staff training and development.

The grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) comes from a £30m fund distributed across six funding priorities where PHF wishes to see change. PHF’s commitment to social justice underpins all these priorities. One priority area enables pupils in formal education settings, particularly those experiencing systemic inequality or disadvantage, to thrive through engagement with high quality, arts-based learning.

Research and evaluation are intrinsic to Voices Foundation’s work and the new award will enable the organisation to collect and analyse in-depth data to continuously improve the delivery of singing programmes, increasing positive outcomes for school staff, children and young people.

Voices Foundation CEO Manvinder Rattan, said, ‘I am so proud that Voices Foundation has been awarded such a substantial grant by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. It demonstrates the worth of the work we do and the effects it has on teachers and through them, the well-being, and futures of our children. The grant will help power our evaluation work which in turn will help drive up the quality of what we do.’