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Barry is 13, has taken part in our Great Singing, Great Signing project for a year, and is still attending project sessions. Great Singing, Great Signing’s aim was to start and run two new singing and signing ensembles in areas of the region where there is currently no singing and signing activity; one in Halifax and one with the Doncaster Deaf Trust. Doncaster Deaf School (run by the Trust) is an educational organisation specifically for Deaf, hearing impaired and learning disabled young people, like Barry.

NYMAZ is excited to be launching a new bursary for Early Years Music Network members who wish to undertake the Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (CME): Early Childhood. NYMAZ will be offering a very limited number of bursaries for candidates starting the course in September 2018 and September 2019 – only four bursaries will be available each year.

The CME: Early Childhood offers a flexible, part-time, distance-learning qualification in early childhood music, run by CREC and MERYC. The CME is a recognised National Qualification validated by Trinity College London.

The first Singing and Signing Summit took place on 30th January 2018 at the Doncaster School for the Deaf (part of Doncaster Deaf Trust).

Last Friday I travelled to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester to attend a meeting of the Heads of the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS), where I was also treated to a lunchtime public concert.  If you decide to read on, may I ask you first to take a moment to consider your immediate thoughts, expectations and assumptions in respect of Chethams, the MDS and lunchtime concerts?

Plymouth Music Zone has secured around £135,000 to further develop its pioneering work supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable children and families during their most challenging times. The funding comes from The National Foundation for Youth Music and allows Devonport based Plymouth Music Zone to extend its partnership work with education, health and social care organisations to deliver special “musical respite” activities that support the emotional wellbeing of young people and their families. 

As the building brass project is at a point where it is necessary to decide on its future with the three year funding from youth music finishing in July 2018, MPN instigated an extrnal enquiry review into the impact the current funding and strategy is having on all participants.  In order to seek further funding there needs to be clear evidence of the impact on pupils, schools and communities and for that impact to be great enough to warranty the amount of work and money that a project of this size requries.
These are some of the quotes from pupils within the mini-bands:
"I love playing my cornet.  It makes me feel peaceful.  Music really helps me because it lets me know I can be successful at something"
"Mini band is incredible! We get lots of chances to play and perform."
"I love playing the cornet and have gained loads of confidence since performing at the Sage." 

NICOLA (New International Company of Live Arts) is holding open auditions on 29th March at the Chelsea Theatre in London, from 11 am – 6 pm, as part of our Talent Factory to recruit singers, rappers, musicians, bands and spoken word. There will be a panel of judges including celebrity performers.

APPLY NOW, for a chance to perform at Routes Festival 2018, at the Orange Box young people's centre (Halifax), on Sat 23 June. 

We are looking for bands and acoustic acts based in West Yorkshire (with priority given to Calderdale based musicians) to perform a fifteen minute set on the day.

Routes Festival Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg38UN5I9is 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RoutesFestival/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/RoutesFestival 

APPLY NOW, for a chance to perform at Routes Festival 2018, at the Orange Box young people's centre (Halifax), on Sat 23 June. 

We are looking for bands and acoustic acts based in West Yorkshire (with priority given to Calderdale based musicians) to perform a fifteen minute set on the day.

Routes Festival Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg38UN5I9is 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RoutesFestival/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/RoutesFestival 

Working for WILD is only 10 hours of my 'working week', the rest of the time is split between my many other ‘hats’. I quite often use this phrase to describe my freelance career, many different hats, many different job roles/titles and personally I am never in the same place for more than a couple of hours.

Marching Band Activity United Kingdom is delighted to assist in promoting, Battle’s O'er - A Nation’s Tribute 11th November 2018, the nation's tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War,along with paying tribute to the millions that either lost their lives during, or after the war ended on 11th November 1918. This unique event will mark the day exactly a century ago when the guns fell silent at the end of what was later referred to as 'The Great War’

Over the last ten years, East Midlands-based arts organisation OPUS Music has grown to become one of the leading UK providers of music-making in healthcare settings.

OPUS’s musicians are experts at engaging patients, visitors and hospital staff in music-making. OPUS also runs training programmes and apprenticeships for musicians in healthcare, and has been central in building a national network of professionals working in the field.

OPUS co-founder Nick Cutts spoke to us about how Youth Music funding has helped the organisation to develop, and the impact he’s seen first-hand.