Plymouth Music Zone (PMZ) is a flagship community music charity passionately committed to using music to create social impact. PMZ musically infuses every corner of the community in places as diverse as nurseries, children’s centres, special schools, a domestic abuse refuge, psychiatric units, homeless sheltered accommodation, hospice bereavement support and other places in the community including residential settings and rehabilitation units – wherever there is identified need.
Our Hearts for the Arts judging panel selected PMZ as the winner of this year’s Best Arts Initiative. And here’s why:
Inspiring use of music to address a wide range of issues. Alom Shaha: Physics teacher, dad, author of Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder
I greatly admire the ambition and broad reach of Plymouth Music Zone and the way the initiative seeks to connect people and ideas. Errollyn Wallen CBE: composer
PMZ has a very focused determination to help disadvantaged children, young people and vulnerable adults in the community of Plymouth through music. Gary Kemp: actor, musician, songwriter, founder member of Spandau Ballet
What a wonderful enterprise. The impact on Plymouth Music Zone’s users is plain to see from the figures and the testimonials, and the Beyond Words evaluation truly groundbreaking and innovative. Long may this fantastic organisation grow and thrive. Julie Hesmondhalgh: actor, activist
The Plymouth Music Zone has an incredibly impressive reach, and a focus on so many of the vulnerable groups and individuals in our communities. It’s clear that working with you has allowed so many people, of all ages, to find another route to deal with their personal challenges. I just felt so inspired after reading about the work that you do. Kirstie Wilson: Kirklees Council, winner 2019 Hearts for the Arts Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer
Plymouth Music Zone are a worthy winner. A hugely impressive project, which answers a local and a human need – to emerge into and engage with the world – through the universal power of music. Impressive evaluation and a long and wide group of partners make it strong. Samuel West: actor, director, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts
I particularly loved the ‘Beyond Words’ initiative from this wonderful charity, designed for those who find communicating difficult, and helping them embrace the vital non-verbal language we use, including silence. Susie Dent: lexicographer, etymologist, host of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’
Read more about Plymouth Music Zone’s nomination here
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