NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people. With a passionate belief in the power of music to change lives, we deliver high quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire. In parallel, we run professional networks which enable musicians and practitioners to develop their skills and learn from one another.
Our music projects are focused on raising aspirations, facilitating personal development, improving social skills, enhancing career prospects as well as increasing enjoyment of music and supporting the progression of the musically gifted and talented. We pride ourselves on working across a wide range of music genres and styles as well as with the latest music technologies.
NYMAZ is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It was originally one of a national network of 21 Youth Music Action Zones established by the National Foundation for Youth Music since 2001. NYMAZ is now a strategic partner of Youth Music, delivering developmental music projects, workforce development and strategic work under its Fund C programme. Some of NYMAZ's projects being delivered in North Yorkshire are highlighted below.
CYC Online Rock Academy A county-wide programme including online lessons, e-jam sessions, online and ‘physical’ performances and recording experiences for young people at risk. Learning from NYMAZ’s Digital R&D project will inform the most appropriate approaches to delivery.
Big Sing / Extended Play Bringing together three festivals to provide unique music-making opportunities. Firstly by creating a cycle of Big Sing events (including at the National Street Choirs Festival 2015); secondly, enriching the musical experience of Eskdale Festival participants by engaging professional musicians to work with them in different genres towards performances at Eskdale Festival and Musicport.
Feel the Music Weekly music-making activities at Catterick Garrison, focusing on the use of music technology software e.g. Garageband / Ableton, culminating in sharing opportunities such as CD recordings or gigs.
RAM Jam Weekly ensemble sessions led by Richard Ormrod offering participants a chance to devise, improvise and perform new works with a particular emphasis on jazz and world music, culminating in termly performance opportunities. Development will include outreach in the Yorkshire Dales; a CD recording, and workforce development opportunities.
Live Music outside the Mainstream A tailored programme of interactive performances, workshops and creative residencies delivered in Pupil Referral Units and Special Schools by Live Music Now practitioners, giving children access to engaging, high quality music making opportunities encompassing a range of musical genres.
IMPs North Yorkshire Rolling out Accessible Arts and Media’s successful Inclusive Music Project model bringing disabled and non-disabled children together to make music and build confidence and understanding. Weekly workshop session content will include singing, signing, leadership, composing; creative digital technology and sharing opportunities.
Richmond Jam – Young Jammers Supporting young musicians to develop their appreciation of jazz, improvisation, composition and live performance, through a rolling programme of weekend workshop/ ensemble sessions. Sessions will combine a mix of tutor-led workshops with facilitated self-led workshops. Music leaders: Paul Edis, Ben Lowman, James Mainwaring.
Get Musical A programme of regular facilitated sessions, providing opportunities to develop new material in popular music and musical theatre genres and presenting public performances. Supported by ‘Get Musical’ community workshops to engage young children through percussion, instrumental and vocal activities. Music leader: Colin Bailey.
Musical Mums Weekly, year-round singing sessions in Harrogate and Catterick, promoting positive interaction between young parents and their children. Sessions will use songs and games to increase vocal participation in repetition, rhyme and anticipatory phrases. A leadership programme will enable young mothers to develop skills and confidence. Music leaders: Debbie Buckley, Lindsay Ibbotson.
Music Tots Music Tots will: engage with young children at elevated risk through an ongoing programme of weekly music delivery; increase the workforce and share practice and pedagogy. The project will comprise regular core delivery of music sessions in Whitby itself, together with delivery and CPD in a different satellite setting each year. Music leaders: Rebecca Gross, Jo Bastow.