Press Release: TiPP to Tackle Challenging Circumstances With Music Education

Youth Music awards two-year funding to TiPP and their partners in Manchester to improve music making activities for young people facing challenging circumstances.

Manchester-based charity, TiPP, works across the North West to provide an inclusive environment where music and the arts can be used to boost learning experiences – both educationally and socially. 

Following a successful pilot in 2016, also funded by Youth Music, TiPP and their partners at My Hub (The Manchester Music Education Hub) and The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning at the University of Chester will be working together on a two-year project to align music education within their core participatory arts offering. The funding will facilitate the project for TiPP and partners to work with young people, providing a range of music activities and learning experiences.

The project, focused on workforce development within the Manchester music and education sectors, will aim to improve life chances for a range of local young people within the youth justice system. The programme will introduce practitioners to the basic principles of participatory arts and expose them to some of the practical applications in which music can be used, such as behaviour management and group working.

TiPP will work alongside professionals from partner organisations who will share their expertise and knowledge for the young people engaged within the programme, which will enhance peer learning and enable them to continue with music making after the Youth Music funding period. 

TiPP Projects Director (Music) Rachel Graham said, “We are really excited to be working with My Hub. We see this project as a real opportunity for peer to peer knowledge exchange  and to boost musical opportunities for young people who are often excluded from mainstream activities. Music can make a real difference to the lives of these young people, positively impacting social relationships, self-confidence, literacy and oracy levels along with their long-term employment prospects.”

Music is used as a mechanism for social learning, educational purposes and provides an outlay for expression within the youth justice system. TiPP’s work with young people has a clear focus on progression and the charity aims to help young people successfully re-enter mainstream education or training.

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For further information, please contact:

Rachel Graham, Director of Projects (Music) 0161 275 3047

Jenny Graham, Sixothree Marketing 0161 694 9617



TiPP                            Registered Charity No: 1052295                      

TiPP are committed to the idea that the arts have the power to transform people's lives for the better. Their work is concerned with personal and social change in pursuit of a more just and equitable society and seek to achieve these changes by providing people with a means to gain more control over their lives through participation in high quality, participatory arts programmes.

Their projects are underpinned by a theory of change that has grown out of extensive experience of working with people within the criminal justice system as well as academic theories.

Critically, they believe that engagement with the arts should be a fun and positive experience. While sessions may be exploring serious and contentious issues, they always remember that play and laughter are essential to learning and creative practice.

Youth Music                                                                            

Music-making is life-changing. Every year, Youth Music provides more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. Youth Music’s projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing. They know that many young people still need their help it’s their mission to give every child the chance to make music.

My Hub (Manchester Music Education Hub)                              

Manchester has a reputation for producing vibrant music covering all genres. My Hub wants to inspire, facilitate and support the next generation to learn about, take part in and enjoy music and singing throughout their lives. My Hub wants to ensure that there is a coherent and high-quality journey for all young people to engage with so that everyone has the opportunity to get involved.

The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning at the University of Chester

The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning (PBBCL) is an outward facing centre, based within the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services at The University of Chester, that will advance the use and understanding of creativity, creative learning, pedagogy and creative practice over the course of the life cycle through the connection of the education, health and social care sectors with the arts and culture sector to collaboratively place creativity, creative practice, pedagogy and learning as a key part of working for these sectors

Rachel Graham