Shortlisted for Hearts for the Arts Awards 2020

Social enterprise, Mytime Active alongside Bromley Council have been shortlisted for the prestigious National Campaign for the Arts' (NCA) Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020. The nomination is for Best Arts Initiative for the ArtsTrain Project. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities and organisations who are championing the arts, often within a climate of severe financial challenges.

The shortlist was judged by representatives from some of this year’s partners in the awards: Culture Counts; Local Government Association; National Campaign for the Arts; and Voluntary Arts Wales.

Discussing Mytime Active’s nomination, our partners said about ArtsTrain:

Hearts for the arts wish us luck"An excellent initiative, that has met the needs of 4000 young people to access creative opportunities. A variety of partnerships were developed to deliver the service. This is a highly impactful project and some excellent data provided to highlight the strong outcomes."
"Arts Train shows us what it means to give young people a creative and artistic voice. It has been in it for the long haul, changing lives and raising expectations every step of the way."

ArtsTrain is a unique and pioneering, creative music programme managed by Mytime Active. The programme is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2018-22 and supports children and young people in outer and South East London who face challenging circumstances, teaching them how to play, make and read music. Since 2008 the ArtsTrain have supported the development of thousands of young people and transformed the cultural landscape of music within South East London.

The winners of the Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020 will be announced on Valentine’s Day, 14 February. The winners will be selected from the shortlist by a panel of key arts industry experts and practitioners, including:

  • Susie Dent: lexicographer, etymologist, host of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’
  • Gary Kemp: actor, musician, songwriter, founder member of Spandau Ballet
  • Julie Hesmondhalgh: actress, activist
  • Alom Shaha: Physics teacher, dad, author of Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder
  • Errollyn Wallen CBE, composer
  • Kirstie Wilson: Kirklees Council, winner 2019 Hearts for the Arts Best Local Authority Arts Champion - Officer
  • Samuel West, actor, director, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts

The National Campaign for the Arts present the Hearts For The Arts Awards each year. The awards are delivered by UK Theatre, in partnership with Culture Counts, the Local Government Association (LGA), Theatre NI, Voluntary Arts Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Thrive NI.

For more information on the shortlisted nominees visit

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