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Read this blog from Paul Weston and comments from Nell Farrally and myself regarding Early Years musical assessment tools:

Arriving at Music Learning Revolution last Friday – a new music education conference organised by Musical Futures in London - I was impressed by the warm welcome, the buzz of expectation, the skinny flat whites and the cake...

It is recommended (or required, in some cases) that all Youth Music projects offer Arts Award. We know that organisations have varying levels of experience and expertise in delivering the qualification. We also know that the issues that might young people in challenging circumstances (transience, educational disengagement, low levels of literacy, to name but a few) can pose additional difficulties to delivering the award. In the following interview Tim Coyte, Hartlepool Youth Services’ Exchanging Notes Project Coordinator, talks about his experiences in delivering Arts Award, and why (nine years later), he’s still committed to it.

Music projects for children and young people coping with special educational needs, disabilities, sensory impairment and unemployment set to benefit.

I had the privilege of attending the Inclusive Excellence Conference at Colston Hall on Friday 3 July, which was part of the Fast Forward Music Festival organised by Bristol Plays Music.

Over the next few months, Youth Music is planning to focus in on the area of music-making with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN/D) – and we need your help!

At Youth Music we want to ensure that young people's backgrounds and circumstances don't stop them from fulfilling their music-making dreams.

I’ve now watched the two episodes of C4’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ programme with James Rhodes and felt compelled to write down my thoughts today, so here they are:

Changes to Youth Music's grants programme include introduction of new small grants and higher qualifying age limits.

Over the last six months we have been working hard to evaluate our funding programme, following its launch in November 2011. We encourage all of our grantholders to be evidence-based and responsive, and we work with the same approach within our own organisation.

We’re Youth Music. We’re a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances.

We believe everyone should have the chance to make music.

Our projects help young people develop musically, of course, but they have personal and social outcomes too.

We know that those facing difficulties - economic problems, lifelong conditions, tough circumstances or behavioural issues - are often the ones who get the most out of music-making.

Youth Music offers meaningful chances to young people in complicated situations.

With your support, we can make a genuine difference to many more young lives.


National Foundation for Youth Music
Suites 3-5, Swan Court,
9 Tanner Street,
United Kingdom
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