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Exchanging Notes - Youth Music's Learning & Development Programme

Exchanging Notes - Youth Music's New Learning & Development Programme

In our nearly 25-year history, we’ve learnt a lot. Yet every day, we are still inspired by innovative ideas from projects and professionals in the Youth Music community. By sharing our collective knowledge and building new connections, we believe this community can spark sustainable, nationwide changes in sector practices. Meaning even more young people can change their life through music. Exchanging Notes* is our learning programme, delivering the latest thinking and tools to be more sustainable, more diverse, and more effective in working with 0-25s.  



We will be announcing our 2024 series soon.


Our top Empower Hour picks to watch back are:


More information about Exchanging Notes

Sessions will be run by experts inside and outside our community, with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and diverse experiences. Session hosts will be paid, but attendance will be free. Most will be open to everyone, but occasional sessions will just be for the projects we already fund.  

So far we've covered: safeguarding, engaging 'hard to reach' young people, D/Deaf and Disability disclosure in the music industry, access and inclusion in the early years, LGBTQI+ and Trans Inclusion workshops and much more. 

*Some of you will remember our four-year action research programme with Birmingham City University, also called Exchanging Notes. Like this new programme, the project was rooted in the power of bringing people together through music. This is an entirely separate initiative, but the name fit so well that we decided to give it a new lease of life. Think of it as a respectful remix!


Watch back all our publicly available Exchanging Notes sessions here.