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Sunbeams Music Trust

Sunbeams provides Music For Life® and Music For Dignity® Projects to severely disadvantaged and disabled people in Cumbria to improve their quality of life and self-esteem through the creative freedom of music.

Founded by Cumbrian born Harpist and Singer, Annie Mawson MBE in 1992, Sunbeams provides Community Music to children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and complex medical needs including physical disabilities and mental health problems, Alzheimers and senile dementia, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s Syndrome, sensory impairments, emotional and behavioural disturbance and profound multiple disabilities.

A team of specially trained community musicians and volunteers deliver over 60 live music workshops in 53 project-venues per month transforming the lives of our beneficiaries through our Music For Life® and Music For Dignity® Programmes.

By tackling the serious challenges raised by social exclusion, deprivation, ill-health and inequality, Sunbeams is ‘reaching the unreachables’.

Sunbeams among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund!

Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust, (Sunbeams), in Cumbria has received a grant of £54,825 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural...

BBC Children in Need: Bring the Noise!

Latest filming with BBC Teach: Bring the Noise! “Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust provides community music therapy and education for young people who are affected by an illness or a disability, with a team of specially trained musicians who lead workshops across...

Sunbeams increases online service provision in 2021. “We need Music now more than ever!”

We need Music now more than ever... At home, Music can help us to create community and a sense of belonging. Music helps us to engage and interact, regulate our emotions and unite with one another without the constraints of language. Through Music, we can communicate...

Sunbeams YouTube Channel!

Sunbeams is currently changing delivery of its community services to online platforms.  Visit the Sunbeams YouTube Channel available from the comfort of your home!   Watch this space... lots more coming soon!...

Afternoon’s on BBC Radio Cumbria featuring Sunbeams – BBC Sounds

Sunbeams and C-19 Media News... Listen to Nicola Elson and Sunbeams Founder Annie Mawson MBE talking to BBC Radio Cumbria about social distancing and being in isolation for families with children with complex needs. Here's the link to BBC Radio Cumbria's Afternoon...