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Paragon Music

15 May 2020

At a glance

Grant Amount: £4,800

Project Funded: Online Services


What's been funded?

Paragon Music is an inclusive arts charity that believes music and the arts have the power to transform lives.  Based in Glasgow they work nationally and internationally to provide opportunities for people who face barriers to engagement in music and dance to create and perform their own work, enhance their personal and professional skills and achieve their creative potential. For the past 20 years, Paragon has been using the arts as a tool to encourage socialisation, self-expression, enhance confidence, mental health and wellbeing in people with additional support needs, such as disabilities and low incomes.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Paragon applied to our Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund for £4,800 to enable them to move more programmes online. This fund has supported the virtual delivery of Paragon’s music and creative arts activities for five adult and two youth programmes, covering the purchase of the Paragon 'Stay Home Music Kit' for 72 participants who will take part in group and one-to-one activities using music, video and audio. This ensures that they continue to connect with people who may be feeling extremely isolated during this difficult time.

Fiona Corr-MacLeod, Business Development Manager for Paragon says the funding has had a significant impact: "Support from Foundation Scotland has allowed Paragon to continue to reach people who are disadvantaged and isolated by purchasing accessible instruments and equipment for them to participate in inclusive online workshops from their homes. These “Stay Home Music Kits” are making a big difference, encouraging people to be creative and continue to connect and make music with their friends - giving them something in their week to look forward to and helping to boost mental health and wellbeing.”

Paragon’s online programmes are now up and running, with six group workshops and 10 one-to-one sessions running every week. They have consulted with all of the participants to determine the equipment and instruments they need and are in the process of sending everything out. The 'Stay Home Music Kits' are making a big difference so far, enabling people who previously didn’t have any instruments or equipment at home to take part at an equal level to others. They've had excellent feedback from participants who are delighted to be connecting with their friends and making music together online, giving them something to look forward to in their week:

 "As a regular attender at Paragon’s workshops I am so excited to be able to connect with my “ Tune" buddies and make music with them online. It certainly keeps me going during the difficult times of the lockdown until we can be together again.” (Participant, 16 yrs)

To find out more about their work visit the Paragon website, to find out how about the fund and how to apply visit our funding page. 

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