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

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

In our 20-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 new learning programme, delivering the latest thinking and tools to be more sustainable, more diverse, and more effective in working with 0-25s.

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.  

*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!

Upcoming Events:

NextGen Fund - Youth Music Grantholder Info Session - Wednesday 16 June 5.30pm-6.30pm (Open Access)
Join us for this online information session for our current and recent grantholders about our new 18-25s fund, the application process and questions you may have.

Post-Lockdown Working & Wellbeing  – Tuesday 29 June 11am-12pm (Open Access)
This will be an informal space to discuss and share how people are adapting to going back to in-person working and any concerns they may have. Led by Youth Music’s Office Manager Leigh, this session is open to anyone. Please note we have capped this session at 20 people but will run more sessions if demand is high. Spaces are limited to one person per organisation. 

Youth Music Branding Journey Session for Grantholders - Friday 16th July 3-4pm (Grantholders)
Join us for this online information session about our new branding and visual identity. Youth Music's Communications Manager Abbi will talk through the process of Youth Music's recent brand review, and how you can be part of our movement for change. Open to Youth Music grantholders only.  

The Evolution of Funding and Fundraising, and Post-Pandemic Income Generation -  Wednesday 7 July 10am-11.30am (Open Access)
A general run through past, current and future fundraising trends and opportunities to illustrate the evolution of income generation. The session will help organisations consider how to stabilize their income in the short-term, but build future-facing, sustainable income for the medium and long-term. This open access session is run by By the Waves and is capped at 20 people. Spaces are limited to one person per organisation.


Youth Music Empower Hour – your pitches

Do you help children and young people to make, learn or earn in music? Would you like to inspire other projects and professionals in the Youth Music community with your unique approach? Empower Hour is the peer-to-peer part of Exchanging Notes, designed to:

  • inspire the community with the latest thinking in inclusive music learning;

  • platform the diverse mix of projects, practices and people nationwide;

  • spark connections between music leaders;

  • catalyse change in sector practices.

 Every month, we’ll invite (and pay) a different expert from the Youth Music community to host a session, lasting up to an hour.
Anybody can pitch an idea to us. In fact, we particularly welcome submissions from those who haven’t done anything like this before. From babies right through to young adults, we're keen to hear from a range of experts working across the whole children and young people age range. 

Submit your application online via this link: