ABOUT US

Who are we?

SMART exists to ensure that young people in Suffolk have access to arts opportunities that improve their lives. We provide funding to help Suffolk’s young people to access high-quality music and arts opportunities. We do this by bringing together Suffolk arts alumni and using their skills, passion and experience to help us raise these funds.

Why? Because arts education leaves a wider impact than merely learning a particular arts skill. Alumni of Suffolk music and arts organisations have increased their cultural capital and developed creativity, critical thinking, motivation, collaboration, self-confidence and communication skills during their arts education. They are now making an impact and innovating in many industries in Suffolk, the UK and around the world. We want to enable further generations of Suffolk’s young people to enjoy the same benefits, and to go on to have similar impacts.

We are a small charity, set up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and are run entirely by volunteers. Our roots are in music, growing out of our close links with the Suffolk County Music Service.

 

Since founding the charity in 2018, we have focussed on building our funds through a variety of events, including playing at Latitude Festival with an orchestra made up of our members, and member-driven fundraising initiatives. We are now in a position to offer funding to support talented and committed young people in need of financial support through one-off grants, and SMART scholarships which can help enable access to Suffolk County Music Service tuition and ensembles.

 

We are keen to grow our membership and funds to enable us to support more of Suffolk’s young people across a wide range of arts opportunities.

Our trustees are located in Suffolk, across the UK and Finland, and have a range of connections to Suffolk, music, education and the arts.

SMART is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), charity number 1177728, with a voting membership. Its object is:

To relieve the needs of young people from Suffolk who have needs by reason of youth; in particular, but not exclusively, by the provision of grants to access or participate in art in its widest form, including music.

What does this wordy object actually mean?

 

SMART supports young people from Suffolk access a high quality music and other arts education by offering funding towards, for example:

  • Suffolk Youth Music events and tours;

  • Membership of other nationally recognised music and other arts education organisations;

  • Music and other arts lessons;

  • Travel costs for interviews/auditions for further/higher education;

  • The costs associated with going to university;

  • Music and other arts related activities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (including mental health);

  • Work with arts organisations to enable access to music and other arts.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

 

SMART’s mission is to support the young people of Suffolk to access high quality music and arts opportunities. We strongly believe that all young people should have access to artistic opportunities, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religious beliefs, race or ethnicity. 

 

We acknowledge that diversity enhances the arts sector and drives innovation. We aim to address the underrepresentation of certain communities within the arts through our grant making. We are committed to being open and honest with our members, to work with the communities we represent to improve, and to embed diversity and inclusion in the heart of all that we do.

 

The charity aims to be welcoming, open to all, and to be equal and inclusive. We will always comply with the Equality Act (2010) and make reasonable adjustments to ensure everyone can take part in our events, and our communication strategies will always be clear, accurate and comprehensive.

 

As a small charity run entirely by volunteers, we encourage and welcome feedback and input from our members to improve our diversity, inclusion and accessibility.