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Exchanging Notes - Exploring identity, belonging and authentic lyrical content in the world of young musicians

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Exploring identity, belonging, and authentic lyrical content in the world of young musicians 

Join Youth Music and the NYA on Wednesday 20th March 2024 from 10:30am to 11.45am, to discuss how young people can be empowered through making music, while addressing the fine line between self-expression and responsible storytelling. Kicking off the NYA’s ‘Youth Work Connect’ sessions, the event provides a forum for youth workers and those working in the music industry to consider how they enable young people to develop and perform their own lyrics, poetry and music without falling foul of the law.

NYA and Youth Music will be joined by The Music Works (a Gloucester-based charity whose mission is to transform people’s lives through music) and Art Not Evidence (a group of lawyers, academics and music industry professionals, who are calling for law reform to stop the criminalisation of rap and drill music, and creative expression more broadly).

The session will open up a dialogue about how to balance empowering young people to be creative and use their voice, whilst also protecting themselves from censorship or prosecution. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss how to challenge negative perceptions of music genres such as drill and grime.

The session is a must for all those committed to safeguarding young people whilst empowering them to express themselves through music and storytelling. Book your place via the Zoom link.  

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