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In the 2022/23 academic year, SMART...

...awarded 12 grants

...awarded 12 grants

3 scholars

...awarded £6183.83

in grants 

...enabled 1 young person to audition for music conservatoires

...enabled 6 young people to continue their learning with Stagecoach

...funded instrument hire and ensemble membership

“It is not only a huge financial burden lifted, but a very welcome recognition of the commitment, effort and progress they have made so far…It's a real boost that will help sustain and propel them going forward. SMART has offered an otherwise unobtainable opportunity to participate in orchestras and ensembles and continue with lessons. The benefits they have gained socially and in personal confidence is noticeable; improved confidence has helped improve their academic attainment and how they mix with others.”

- Parent of Scholar

“He plays the flute beautifully and is keen to play to family, neighbours, and anyone else that would like to hear him! He has said that he is really enjoying flute and he is looking forward to learning how to read music properly.”

- Parent of grant recipient

“He is making fantastic progress…performing his first ever solo piece at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in their public lunchtime recital series back in July.”

- Teacher of grant recipient

It was amazing news to find out that SMART is helping towards my orchestra fees this year. Without this help I wouldn't have been able to afford to continue with Suffolk Youth Orchestra this year. Suffolk Youth Orchestra has been such a good experience, it's helped me gain confidence in my playing and given me many opportunities to perform.

- Grant recipient

I just wanted to thank you so much for the grant I've received making me able to continue with's really helped my confidence grow...and helped me do things I never thought I'd be able to do. I am so grateful to have this opportunity and another chance for my confidence to grow in singing along with dancing and acting. Once again thank you so much for helping me continue stagecoach, I am beyond grateful, I don't know where I'd be without it and the lovely people at SMART.

- Grant recipient

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