soundLINCS, the Lincolnshire community music charity, has beaten off intense UK competition and has been shortlisted for a major national award that recognises the ground breaking work that the charity has done in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disability.
The National Music & Drama Education Awards is an annual event which celebrates the best examples of innovation and exemplary work and contribution made by professionals, companies, charities, schools and other organisations to the lives of others through the medium of these two key performing arts. Considered by some to be the industry equivalent of the Oscars, to be a finalist is a huge achievement for the Company.
Speaking on behalf of the awards organisers, Valerie Amegatcher of the Mark Allen Group said: “This is a tremendous achievement against extremely tough competition.
“This year we received an astounding number of entries, so being shortlisted is an incredible feat.”
soundLINCS has been recognised as a finalist in the OUTSTANDING MUSIC EDUCATION RESOURCE category for its Good Vibrations toolkit. The Good Vibrations toolkit promotes an understanding of how people who are deaf and hearing impaired can experience music. People who are endeavouring to deliver musically inclusive activities can practically use this toolkit to find information, activities, advice and resources to support their music delivery.
The Good Vibrations toolkit is designed to be a colourful and dynamic booklet offering short, quick tips and advice for adults who need a time-effective information source when delivering music with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people.
Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s premiere solo percussionist, composer and speaker, profoundly deaf since the age of 12 remarks:
“This is such an excellent toolkit, hugely helpful, and will be a great resource”.
Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, founder of Music and the Deaf comments:
“Congratulations to soundLINCS on creating Good Vibrations. As a deaf musician with over 30 years’ experience of teaching and promoting the topic, I know there is a need for a guide explaining why music is important for deaf people, and that helps you find out more.
Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, soundLINCS CEO explains:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this fantastic award. It is a recognition of the tremendous efforts that have gone into creating this resource and a strong validation of the importance of soundLINCS and community music contributing to a thriving sector in the Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.”
Copies of the toolkit can be downloaded at http://www.soundlincs.org/resources/goodvibrationstoolkit/
The National Music & Drama Education Awards will be held in March 2020 in London.