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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.

On a day of public sector strikes, Youth Music releases research from its annual stakeholder survey which reveals the significant impact that public sector spending cuts are having on organisations working with vulnerable children and young people.

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

Since publication of the ‘Rebalancing our cultural capital’ report, there has been much debate about regional funding allocations for the arts. Indeed, the current Culture Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry of Arts Council England is asking specifically whether the geographical distribution of funding is ‘fair’.

Thanks to everyone who came along to our session at the Music Education Expo. I promised to post links to all the resources we mentioned on the day, so here goes….

If you’re in London on Saturday 8 February then be sure to come to the Music Education Expo to see a fascinating presentation on Early Years music-making brought to you by Youth Music, Sightlines, and Trimdon Grange Infant and Nursery School. I guarantee that you will go away smiling!

Please share your ideas here!

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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