Support us Inspiring Voices Appeal 2021 This December, with your help, we have a great opportunity to raise in excess of £54,000 through our Inspiring Voices Appeal as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge to directly support 50 NYCGB members to take part in our 2022 programme. Young people’s access to and participation in music education varies widely across the UK, especially for those in state education and from low-income families. As a result, many young people miss out on opportunities to discover singing, develop skills and benefit from the educational, well-being and social outcomes of taking part. This has been exacerbated by the current Corona crisis, which if not addressed will create an increasing social injustice for disadvantaged young people in the UK. “Our son had the most fantastic time on the course, and we are really extremely grateful that he could take part. NYCGB provides him with amazing opportunities that he would not be able to access anywhere else and he is so proud that he is part of it." NYCGB operates nationwide to develop sustainable singing opportunities in schools and communities and accessible pathways for young people to pursue their talents at a regional and national level. Essential to this work, we aim to provide all qualifying applicants with financial assistance towards costs of participating in our programmes, including audition, membership and course fees and travel. For many families, funding their child’s musical development would not be possible without this support. Good news! We only have to raise £27,000 of the total, because for every £1 you donate the Big Give Champions will donate £1 of match funding. To secure all the match funding, we need to reach this target in online donations via the Big Give Challenge. To help us inspire all young voices please consider donating to our Inspiring Voices Appeal page at The Big Give, between midday on 30th November and midday 7th December. Don’t forget! If you Gift Aid your donation the taxman will give NYCGB an additional 25p for every £1 donated at no extra cost to you, enabling us to support even more young people in 2022. “Music lessons, music exams, choir memberships and travel expenses put a lot of pressure on my Mum, and sometimes my ambitions may seem unachievable. However, the bursary scheme has showed me that there are ways for me to reach my ultimate goal and to take my singing to the next level.” Thank you! If we do not reach our target, all donations that have been made to the appeal will still go towards supporting members who require financial assistance. If we exceed our target, we will direct additional funds to support more members who require financial assistance. Each year we need to secure over £180,000 to support 20% of our membership.