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BICEP

Electronic music duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson have supported Youth Music since 2018, and in 2019 we appointed them as Ambassadors. BICEP have raised just under £10,000 for Youth Music through guest list donations at their gigs.

"Equal opportunity is so important. It’s become so much more difficult now to get access to working in creative industries if you don’t fit a certain mould, which has meant that a lot of really talented people aren’t getting the opportunities and resources they need and deserve. We’ve seen it first-hand in electronic music and want to do our bit to raise up the underdogs."

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Kathryn Tickell OBE

Kathryn is a musician, composer, educator and broadcaster from Northumberland. She was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2009, the first non-classical musician to do so. Kathryn works across many genres of music, collaborating with the likes of Sting, The Chieftains and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

"Music can be a career, a hobby, entertainment, but for some people it is literally a life-saver. The power of music to help with self-esteem, confidence, concentration, communication and social skills is incredible, and vastly underrated. I know many young people whose lives have been transformed by music and I am a passionate supporter of the incredible work done by Youth Music."

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Ollie Howell

Ollie is a multi-award-winning drummer, film composers, instrumentalist, producer and broadcaster. He's donated to Youth Music with funds raised through performances with his band.

"The musical support and opportunities I received growing up not only helped fuel my career as a professional musician, but also helped me through my recovery from multiple brain surgeries. The impact music can have on young people is unparalleled, and sadly not all children have access to it growing up. I strongly share Youth Music's vision that all young people deserve to have access and opportunities to music wherever they are, and that could potentially lead to changing their lives."

Friends of Youth Music

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Carrie and David Grant

Carrie and David began their careers as singers, and are well-known as presenters, judges and vocal coaches on a number of TV shows including The One Show, Fame Academy, Pop Idol and Songs of Praise. In 2008 they were awarded a BASCA for their lifetime services to the music industry.

"As a parent of four children, three with special needs and one we adopted from the care system, I know only too well how music can inspire and comfort as well as provide an amazing means of expression." Carrie

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Bill Bailey

Comedian Bill Bailey plays multiple instruments - including piano and guitar - and incorporates musical numbers into his hugely popular live sets. For many years he was a team captain on music-themed panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

"I believe every child should have the opportunity to make music in whatever way they like, whether it’s singing, getting involved in music production or even playing the theremin."