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Its been a busy and exciting time for the Concept Music Project team and the young musicians and producers who have been taking part. With two of our 'Pop Up Studio' residencies completed and drop in sessions happening regularly in Corby and Leicester, we are looking forward to music making with more young creatives and pleased to be collaborating with a range of project partners throughout 2017 and into 2018. This is an initial reflection on our first residency at the Core in February.

Calling all musicians! Make Music Day is coming on Wed 21 June 2017.

Calling all performers, live music venues and volunteers! Make Music Day UK is coming on Wed 21 June.

Make Music Day is an international celebration which first started in France in 1982 and now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world. Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

Three months on, what have Emma Lines, Jonathan Westrup and the Music Education Council learnt through producing the 'Short Guide'?

“Two years in, instead of a big team with two Music Leaders, we have a whole Music Team! Our EY staff have grown in confidence, and embedded their training, and their new confidence and enjoyment in music-making, in every WILD session.”

In light of Youth Music's refreshed definition for Coldspots projects, I delved into the evaluation data we've received from Coldspots projects since 2014. I wanted to see what they could tell us about improvements in the confidence of participants of our funded projects, and noticed that there were many more instances reported of girls and young women showing improvements in confidence than boys and young men. I picked out some key points that emerged from my research to explore this further.

“Don’t waste time on closed doors”; a great piece of advice Gwyneth gave me during my internship with musinc! Having a committed project partner that shares the same ethos is vital when developing a project.

Veronica Youdell, spoken word artist for the project, reflects on her experiences enabling young people to express their thoughts and experiences during Symphonize.

As part of Plymouth Music Zone’s “Tuning into Transitions” Fund B project, we delivered a number of ‘music booster’ training sessions in special schools and settings. At Woodlands School, Plymouth, Claire Harrison-Poole, one of the teachers who received bespoke training shares her thoughts about the impact of it on her practice. 

Kingston Music Service audio engineer Zayn Goetzee reflects on lessons learnt in the Symphonize project.

How volunteering on Quench Arts’ Musical Connections project for adults helped me to prepare for my shadow role on their Wavelength youth project 

An account from one of our Assistant Music Leaders on the Evolve project and how they progressed initially over the Music Residency week and accreditation and then over the course of the programme.