Youth voice – MUSIC:ED https://musiceducation.global The global community for music education Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:13:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 https://musiceducation.global/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/cropped-MUSICED-ident-f64c72-round-light-with-stroke-960x960-1-32x32.png Youth voice – MUSIC:ED https://musiceducation.global 32 32 Free foundation year course opens access to Cambridge University https://musiceducation.global/free-foundation-year-course-opens-access-to-cambridge-university/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-foundation-year-course-opens-access-to-cambridge-university Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:13:25 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166074 The Bridge of Sighs, St John's College, Cambridge

The Bridge of Sighs, St John's College, CambridgeUp to 50 talented yet socially disadvantaged students are being offered a fully-funded, one-year foundation course at 13 Cambridge colleges as part of a programme to broaden the undergraduate intake at the university

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Up to 50 talented yet socially disadvantaged students are being offered a fully-funded, one-year foundation course at 13 Cambridge colleges as part of a programme to broaden the undergraduate intake at the university.

The multi-disciplinary curriculum in arts, humanities and social sciences leads to a CertHE (Certificate of Higher Education) University of Cambridge qualification that, with suitable attainment, means students can progress to one of 18 degree courses, including Music, without having to apply to the university again or have assistance finding places at other universities.

Funded by a £5 million endowment from founding benefactors Christina and Peter Dawson, the programme launches with the October 2022 intake and is expected to develop into a wider curriculum over time. The beneficiaries will be students who have the ability to succeed but have been held back by their life circumstances. They may include having missed schooling through health issues, those who have grown up in care or been estranged from their families. They may also be from low-income backgrounds or from schools which send few students to university.

‘The common link will be that their circumstances have prevented them from realising their academic potential,’ said Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope. ‘They will benefit from our personal approach to teaching and grow in confidence and understanding, and we will benefit from them joining and further diversifying our community.’

Applicants will apply directly through UCAS by the usual January 2022 deadline and will typically need to have attained 120 UCAS Tariff Points at school. This is equivalent to three B grades at A-level, well below the typical Cambridge entry minimum of A*AA. They will have to participate in interviews and assessments before being selected.

Those who succeed will receive a scholarship to cover tuition fees, rent and other living costs in line with the levels offered by the Cambridge bursary scheme. They will also have full access to the university’s student community, its societies and facilities.

Professor Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, said the new scheme adds to Cambridge’s efforts to address the lack of diversity in its student body. ‘The University’s work to explore new ways of widening access and closing the attainment gap caused by inequality is absolutely vital at a time when those the Foundation Year is aimed at, who already face exceptional disadvantage, are likely to have felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately.’

At the announcement of the Foundation Year Course, Christina Dawson said, ‘I was absolutely delighted when I first heard that Cambridge was launching a Foundation Year, and am so pleased that it has not been held back by global events. Indeed, the need for this foundation year has become ever clearer as the pandemic has exacerbated inequities and disadvantages. Peter and I are firmly committed to doing whatever we can to support Cambridge in addressing educational disadvantage in wider society, and are thrilled to have enabled the launch of such a ground-breaking and impactful programme.’

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Trinity Laban and National Youth Jazz Orchestra announce first winner of new joint scholarship award https://musiceducation.global/trinity-laban-and-national-youth-jazz-orchestra-announce-first-winner-of-new-joint-scholarship-award/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trinity-laban-and-national-youth-jazz-orchestra-announce-first-winner-of-new-joint-scholarship-award Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:26:30 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166064 NYJOTL Awardee David Ijishakin © Tane Stappard and Theo Geraghaty

NYJOTL Awardee David Ijishakin © Tane Stappard and Theo GeraghatyLondon-based music education organisations Trinity Laban and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra have combined to launch a new NYJO-Trinity Laban scholarship to support a talented young student on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire’s jazz degree programme

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London-based music education organisations Trinity Laban and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) have combined to launch a new NYJO-Trinity Laban scholarship to support a talented young student on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire’s jazz degree programme.  

The first to benefit from this is trombone-keyboard-guitar-playing singer-songwriter David Ijishakin, aka Akin Soul.

The award is funded by NYJO, which has developed a fruitful collaborative relationship with the conservatoire to ensure diversity, inclusivity and accessibility within jazz education. The two organisations have been developing a range of community projects in the Greenwich, Lewisham and Woolwich areas of London, further enhancing Trinity Laban’s growing reputation as a nurturer of new jazz talent.

‘I have long admired Trinity Laban’s approach to jazz education, and the conservatoire’s head of jazz, Hans Koller, has added a unique dimension to it with his thoughtful approach.’ said NYJO Executive Chair, Nigel Tully. ‘So I was absolutely delighted when the idea of this scholarship emerged in conversation.’

‘We are proud to be working with NJYO to further our commitment to widening access for talented and dedicated jazz stars of the future like David Ijishakin,’ said Trinity Laban’s Principal, Anthony Bowne.

‘In recent years, Trinity Laban has become a hothouse for the London jazz scene, with graduates such as Moses Boyd, Laura Jurd and Nubya Garcia enjoying critical success through their artistic excellence and originality.’

Tully agreed, ‘We share similar attitudes and values around this wonderful artform, and I am sure this is only the start of a broader partnership’ he said. ‘I am particularly pleased that we are able to help such a deserving young local resident.’

Ijishakin’s influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Donny Hathaway, but his 12-piece band Akin Soul and the Soul Tribe was inspired by the big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. He’s already played the BBC Music Day at Pop Brixton and the All Points East Festival and earned plaudits for his innovative debut single, I Want You. His follow-up, Burning Fire was released in November, but he sees the scholarship as an honour and opportunity.

‘I feel very privileged to receive the NYJO-Trinity Laban Award,’ he said. ‘I’m excited for what is to come within these next few years of growth as a musician and an individual. I’m very appreciative of the support I’m receiving from both NYJO and Trinity Laban on this journey.’


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National Youth Choirs of Great Britain launches second Young Composers album with NMC Recordings https://musiceducation.global/nycgb-launches-second-young-composers-album-with-nmc-recordings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nycgb-launches-second-young-composers-album-with-nmc-recordings Sun, 10 Jan 2021 10:09:41 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166044 NMC NYCGB CD cover

NMC NYCGB CD coverNew choral works by four young British composers and commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are being released by NMC Recordings in mid January 2021

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New choral works by four young British composers and commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are being released by NMC Recordings in mid January 2021.

Since 1983 NYCGB has been at the forefront of promoting choral singing for young people, working with music hubs in England and creating five regional choirs of 950 singers between 9 and 25 years of age. The members experience intensive rehearsals and musicianship training as well as the opportunity to sing at some of the country’s greatest venues. The best are offered access to the NYCGB fellowship training scheme.

The organisation has always encouraged new composers, and, for the last two years, has offered a young composers training scheme. Through this programme, new talent are taught and encouraged to create bespoke works to add to the NYCGB’s extensive catalogue of commissions, which includes pieces by composers including Thea Musgrave, Shruthi Rajasekar and Kerry Andrew. The programme also helps to create a career path for its proteges.

Previous commissions have been performed by the NYCGB choirs at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and the Sage Gateshead and at festivals, including the BBC Proms, Snape Proms and the Three Choirs Festival. But 2020 posed unique problems.

Despite the restrictions of the pandemic, NYCGB’s programmes have continued online. In the 2020 Young Composers Scheme, Amy Bryce, Nathan James Dearden, Joe Bates and Lisa Robertson created new compositions exploring themes encompassing the isolation of social distancing, our digital selves and a call to listen to the science in the face of climate change.

Throughout, the young composers enjoyed the advice and teaching of professional mentors Errollyn Wallen, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Toby Young and Roxanna Panufnik. And during a brief relaxation of the lockdown, the works were recorded for release by NMC Recordings.

‘The scheme really is a unique opportunity for young composers in the early stages of their careers to write music specifically for our suite of choirs,’ said NYCGB’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Ben Parry.

‘Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we continue with all our activity online, offering training and mentoring sessions with our partners and associates, and ultimately managed to come together in October 2020 for one day in the studio to record these wonderful, innovative and thought-provoking compositions.’

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Youth Music opens second round of Incubator Fund https://musiceducation.global/youth-music-opens-second-round-of-incubator-fund/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=youth-music-opens-second-round-of-incubator-fund Mon, 28 Dec 2020 17:08:45 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166005

Grants of up to £30,000 are being offered to forward-thinking music industry employers willing to support the careers of young people in the second phase of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund

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Grants of up to £30,000 are being offered to forward-thinking music industry employers willing to support the careers of young people in the second phase of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund.

Supported by YouTube and players of the Postcode Lottery, the grants are aimed at developing the industry expertise, digital skills and the long-term prospects of young creatives between 18 and 25 years-of-age. The investment will go to ambitious, creative music organisations in England, Wales and Scotland, especially micro-businesses and SMEs, with interesting ideas on how to incorporate young people in a meaningful, productive way to open up their career paths.

The fund, totalling £2 million, was raised in answer to the Arts Council-funded charity, Youth Music’s report, ‘A Blueprint For The Future’, which exposed serious barriers to young people trying to enter the music industry.

Addressing entrenched inequalities in the music industries

‘We see again and again at Youth Music how young people are finding ingenious ways to navigate their way into the music industries,’ said Youth Music’s CEO, Matt Griffiths. ‘Nevertheless, their progress is all too often blocked due to entrenched inequalities in the music industries. We are addressing this with our Incubator Fund, and it’s great to be collaborating with YouTube to increase the impact and support to a range of diverse organisations and young people.’

As part of the programme, YouTube is also offering digital masterclasses, one-to-one mentoring and investment to more than 60 organisations over the next year, including 31 from the first round of funding.

Ben McOwen Wilson, Managing Director YouTube UK, said, ‘The current challenges facing the creative industries are why organisations like Youth Music are more important than ever before, and we are proud to be partnering with them to support creatives in the UK, particularly those from marginalised and underrepresented groups. In helping to establish a platform for the next generation of creative talent to shine through, our goal is to create a lasting legacy that ensures the UK remains at the epicentre of culture and creativity globally.’


The deadline for the second round of Incubator funding is 5 February 2021 and further information and application advice can be found at https://bit.ly/3klvHlx.

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Song Academy announces its 11th Young Songwriter competition https://musiceducation.global/song-academy-announces-its-11th-young-songwriter-competition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=song-academy-announces-its-11th-young-songwriter-competition Fri, 11 Dec 2020 09:20:57 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165941 Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021

Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021Young songwriters between eight and 18 years of age are being encouraged to start writing for Song Academy’s 11th annual Young Songwriter Competition in the new year

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Young songwriters between eight and 18 years of age are being encouraged to start writing for Song Academy’s 11th annual Young Songwriter Competition in the new year.

Entries will be accepted throughout February and March 2021 for the chance to be appraised by multi-million selling songwriters and artists and win some impressive prizes.

Even young people who have not yet written a song are invited to give it a go. ‘We believe that songwriting and music can transform the lives of young people by helping them to find their voice,’ says the Academy. ‘Young people are growing up in a competitive, fast changing, uncertain and potentially isolating environment, which can cause various pressures and lead to issues with their mental health. Through songwriting young people can communicate their thoughts and feelings and connect to others. This creative and therapeutic process helps young people discover and develop their identity, overcome challenges, feel empowered by speaking up and advance their creative and social skills.’

Over the years, the competition has been judged by a remarkable line-up of great songwriters, including Imelda May, Guy Chambers, Rumer, Emily Phillips, Sacha Skarbek, Tom Odell and Fraser T Smith.

Every young person has something to say, a story to tell, or a message to share

Smith, who has had success with Stormzy, Dave, Adele, Drake and Sam Smith says, ‘With so much going on in the world, it’s never been more vital for young people to be able to channel their energy and emotions into something positive, which is what The Young Songwriter competition encourages and facilitates through songwriting. Every young person has something to say, a story to tell, or a message to share – that’s why Song Academy is so important to our community’.

The Academy was founded by entrepreneur Rowena Atkins 18 years ago to inspire and guide young people to express themselves through the creative process of songwriting. Having seen how her eight-year-old daughter’s confidence changed after she spontaneously made up a song on her own, she gathered an extensive and diverse community of songwriters, producers and mentors to form the academy. Together they work with community groups, schools and the music industry to nurture new creative talent.

‘Song Academy inspires young people to speak up, express themselves, celebrate their individuality and get heard,’ says Atkins. ‘By connecting them to a vibrant community of their peers who all love writing songs, as well as exposing their songs to key players in the Music Industry, we help to build young people’s confidence, self-esteem and drive to achieve their potential.’

Prizes for the winners in the four categories of the 2021 competition include having the song recorded by a top producer in London with a professional photo and video shoot of the session, £1,000-worth of Yamaha equipment and a Focusrite Scarlett Solo Gen 3 Studio Bundle. Winners will also have the opportunity to perform in a special Young Songwriter 2021 Showcase at the famous Tabernacle in London’s Notting Hill.

The competition will be separately judged for UK & Ireland 8-12-year-olds, UK & Ireland 13-18-year-olds, International 8-12-year-olds and International 13-18-year-olds. Its sponsors are PRS For Music, ICMP, Yamaha, Focusrite, Soundtrap and Kobalt.


More information is available at www.songacademy.co.uk/says21

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London Music Fund opens second round of Amplify London funding https://musiceducation.global/london-music-fund-opens-second-round-of-amplify-funding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=london-music-fund-opens-second-round-of-amplify-funding Fri, 27 Nov 2020 18:00:17 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165862 Amplify 1600x900

Amplify 1600x900London Music Fund and YouTube Music are offering funding to organisations and projects which provide young Londoners between the ages of 11 and 21 ways of overcoming barriers to music

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London Music Fund and YouTube Music are offering funding to organisations and projects which provide young Londoners between the ages of 11 and 21 ways of overcoming barriers to music.

The fund works in collaboration with the London-based music education charity Sound Connections to help organisations develop music education projects, as well as helping these groups establish connections with the music and technology industries.

Launched in February this 2020, the first round of Amplify London gave grants of up to £6000 to five organisations:

  • Ambition Aspire Achieve: Arc Music, a Newham youth club that used the funding to open a music studio for vulnerable young people
  • Collage Voices: Voice Against Hate, a North London project celebrating difference, championing respect and combatting hate in schools through a bespoke songwriting programme
  • Girls Rock London: Summer Camp, which enable young women and trans youth from Hackney to learn how to play and instrument and form a band
  • Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation: YCHTB 2020, a six-week project to train MCs, producers and sound engineers culminating in a recorded live performance in Tower Hamlets
  • School Ground Sounds: Windrush Amplified, a partnership with Brixton Wings Youth Club which gave a summer songwriting camp to vulnerable, local youth between 11 and 16 years exploring the them of Windrush

Another five projects will be chosen for 2021. The money is focussed on grass-roots projects and organisations running specific local programmes and the deadline for applications is at 5pm on 26 February 2021. The winning bids will be announced in April and the projects must be completed by the end of the year.

As the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, ‘I’m delighted that the London Music Fund and YouTube Music are providing opportunities for young people across the capital. Music has the power to transform lives and these grants will inspire the next generation of musicians and support our vital grassroots organisations at a time when they need it the most.’


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First round of Youth Music Incubator Fund beneficiaries announced https://musiceducation.global/first-round-of-youth-music-incubator-fund-beneficiaries-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-round-of-youth-music-incubator-fund-beneficiaries-announced Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:57:54 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165761 No Signal (London), among 31 recipients of grants from Youth Music's Incubator Fund

No Signal (London), among 31 recipients of grants from Youth Music's Incubator FundThe first round of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund grants has been revealed and 31 creative organisations will receive up to £30,000 to help tackle inequality in the music industry

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The first round of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund grants has been revealed and 31 creative organisations will receive up to £30,000 to help tackle inequality in the music industry.

The UK Charity, which invests in music-making projects supporting more than 80,000 children and young people, has set aside a fund of £2 million over the next two years to help organisations that open up access to sustainable music careers for people aged between 18 and 25. The money is particularly targeted at projects that help underrepresented groups.

Among the recipients of the first tranche of funding is No Signal, the breakout Black radio station that has attracted a global audience during the pandemic lockdown. The station is launching a three-month industry training programme for young people using a grant from Youth Music.

Ezra Collective, the London-based jazz group is also using its grant to help train Black women in support roles in music such as sound engineering and management. Bristol’s Noods Radio is using its grant to support its newly-launched Test Pressings project to put young people at the forefront of its record label.

The decision as to who received the Incubator Fund grants were made, in part by a panel of 18-25-year-olds, commissioned by Youth Music. The fund follows the important research Youth Music published in its ‘A Blueprint for the Future’ report in July this year. The research revealed that there were still substantial barriers to young people based on gender, physical ability, race and economic status. With so many organisations having to rethink their roles during the pandemic, Youth Music was overwhelmed by applications.

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music’s CEO, said, ‘The organisations we’re funding are trailblazers in their own fields. They recognise the huge creative and commercial opportunities to be gained from nurturing the diverse talent that our music industry needs.

The funding is particularly aimed at micro-businesses and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) offering innovative ideas to incubate new and diverse talent. Griffiths was encouraged to see people who had benefitted from Youth Music’s work giving back to the industry.

‘What’s particularly special with our Incubator Fund is seeing individuals who kicked off their careers at Youth Music funded organisations (including Reprezent Radio and Tomorrow’s Warriors) now spearheading the changemaking projects that we’re funding,’ Griffiths said, ‘That’s the long-term impact of investing in grassroots music.’

Ezra Collective is one-such organisation. Femi Koleoso, the group’s drummer and bandleader, says that while Covid cancelled their planned world tour, the grant will help the group focus on important projects closer to home.

‘Mentoring, community and role models are at the core of Ezra Collective with all of us growing through Tomorrow’s Warriors who provided that for us and instilled those values in us,’ he says. ‘The plan is simple, ‘each one teaches one’, and we’re channelling this through each member of the team training and mentoring young, black women in behind the scenes music roles across live sound, tour management and management with the ambition of supporting them into paid roles across the industry. Providing a safe place to make mistakes, resulting in a community which doesn’t just provide experience, but work too.’


The Incubator Fund opens for the second round of applications in December until 5 February 2021 and is open to people in England, Scotland and Wales through the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Youth Music has created a blogpost on making a strong application.


Full list of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund recipients, Round 1

Nottingham Community Artist Network (East Midlands)
Swell Music (East of England)
Girls I Rate (London)
Young Guns Network (London)
Roadworks & Spiral Skills (London)
Ezra Collective (London)
Link Up TV (London)
The Crib & AEI (London)
No Signal (London)
Tees Music Alliance (North East)
Generator (North East)
Kaleido Music UK (North East)
Thirty Pound Gentleman (North West)
Reform Radio (North West)
Sound City (Liverpool) (North West)
Creative Crieff (Scotland)
QM Records (South East)
Palm Bay Music (South East)
Platform B (South East)
Saffron Records (South West)
The Music Works (South West)
Black Acre Records (South West)
Noods Radio (South West)
Forté Project (Wales)
Swansea Music Art Digital (Wales)
National Youth Arts Wales (Wales)
Dontfret Media (West Midlands)
Cafe INDIEpendent (Yorkshire & The Humber)
Beats Bus Records (Yorkshire & The Humber)
Young Thugs (Yorkshire & The Humber)
Sable Radio (Yorkshire & The Humber)

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Anthem and Youth Music reports highlight impediments to music education in Wales https://musiceducation.global/anthem-and-youth-music-reports-highlight-impediments-to-music-education-in-wales/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anthem-and-youth-music-reports-highlight-impediments-to-music-education-in-wales Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:09:35 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165632 Anthem Youth Music consultation - illustration

Anthem Youth Music consultation - illustrationAnthem, the fund for young people’s music in Wales and Youth Music, the national charity investing in young people’s music in England, have published enlightening two reports into young people’s access to music learning in Wales

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Anthem, the fund for young people’s music in Wales and Youth Music, the national charity investing in young people’s music in England, have published enlightening two reports into young people’s access to music learning in Wales.

Making and learning music in Wales was collated from conversations with 45 young people between May and June 2020. The participants were between the ages of seven and 23 who discussed their experiences of making and learning music in Wales, including what helped them and what deterred them.

The sessions, facilitated by Youth Cymru and summarised by freelance communications practitioner Anita Holford, were aimed at ensuring Anthem and Youth Music funding and partnership programmes are informed by the people they aim to help.

The principal impediments cited include cost, limited choice of instruments, few local opportunities, especially for differing musical tastes. Although all the interviewees said they had a variety of musical opportunities in school, there was an issue with schools not valuing music sufficiently or providing for broader musical tastes.

There was a clear desire among the participants to learn more. They asked for opportunities to meet and learn from other musicians, to receive guidance on promoting their music. They wanted to widen their musical horizons with more diverse music-learning programmes and to learn about recording technology. Importantly, they also wanted better provision for special needs and disabilities.

Critically, many of the young people said they wanted schools and parents to better understand the value and impact music had upon their personal and social lives and as a path to a career.

The second report, an initial mapping report of youth music and music education in Wales, was also prepared for Anthem by Anita Holford. It creates a broad picture of youth music and music education in Wales to inform Anthem’s future strategy by building a picture of who works where and how with young people in music. The survey is an ongoing project that will grow as more people in music education across the nation participate.

What was clear was that Wales retains its reputation as a musical nation, with a broad spread of music-learning opportunities across the country. But these initial data suggest room for improvement in early years music learning and provision for those in special needs and various forms of economic distress. Although the survey was not aimed at discovering needs or opportunities, inclusion, equality, equity and financial support were commonly mentioned issues.

Anthem is just two years old and was set up as a charity by the Welsh Government with the aim of ensuring that music can be a part of every young person’s life in Wales. The reports were commissioned before the appointment of Anthem’s first permanent CEO, Rhian Hutchings, who welcomed their findings.

‘The reports are just the start of us finding out more about what’s happening and what’s needed, with and for the sector and young people,’ she said. ‘They show a snapshot of how young people participate in music in Wales today, and who is working with them to support their music making and learning.

‘They were carried out in short timeframes, and the youth consultation in the middle of the pandemic, so they are limited in scope. Despite this, they do reveal some interesting findings, uncovering the large community of organisations that are delivering music with young people across the country and exploring demand for space to create, and routes for progression.’

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Rockschool adds vlogging and podcasting to qualifications https://musiceducation.global/rockschool-adds-vlogging-and-podcasting-to-qualifications/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rockschool-adds-vlogging-and-podcasting-to-qualifications Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:14:35 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=158589 Rockschool Creative Qualifications

Rockschool Creative QualificationsThe exam board is launching new courses and exams in digital communications to add to its international curriculum of contemporary music courses

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RSL Awards (Rockschool) is launching new courses and exams in digital communications to add to its international curriculum of contemporary music courses.

The Creative Qualifications, which include Debut to Grade 8 in Vlogging and Podcasting are aimed at advancing the skills of creative professionals and will extend RSL’s offering to people seeking a fully rounded career in the creative sector. Devised in conjunction with the creative media course experts GoCreate Academy, the courses will include e-publications and learning materials for each grade.

RSL and GoCreate Academy have followed a similar trajectory in their pioneering approach to learning. The new courses exploit that synergy to help creative students extend their skillsets in a world where multi-tasking is a key to a productive, creative career.

The qualifications can be taught within and alongside the current curricular offerings and provide benchmarked levels recognised by the creative industries.

RSL began in 1991 when Norton York and Dr Simon Pitt pioneered the world’s first graded syllabus for popular music. It now delivers exams in over 40 countries across six continents. It was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2018. The new Creative Qualifications suite of subjects compliments RSL’s established suite of Graded Music Exams, Teaching and Performance Diplomas, Vocational Qualifications and Performance Arts Awards.

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National Youth Choirs of Great Britain opens its doors for 2021 https://musiceducation.global/national-youth-choirs-of-great-britain-opens-its-doors-for-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=national-youth-choirs-of-great-britain-opens-its-doors-for-2021 Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:53:00 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=157326 Former NYCGB Fellows

Former NYCGB FellowsApplications are open for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) Fellowship Programme for 2021 and four young choral leaders can look forward to a year of development support

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Applications are open for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) Fellowship Programme for 2021 and four young choral leaders can look forward to a year of development support.

The scheme, which started in 2015, has been changed for next year, offering fewer places than previously but with a broader age range and a more comprehensive programme of assistance to emerging stars in professional choral music.

NYCGB Fellows will get to work with the National Youth Boys’ and Girl’s Choirs, the NYCGB Training and National Youth Choir, as well as participating in its Learning and Engagement Programme. They will work with participants in the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme and will form a core part of the National Youth Chamber Choir.

The Fellowship scheme is a remarkable opportunity for anyone seeking a career in choral music. In the past, the NYCGB Fellowship has performed at major concert venues across Britain, the BBC Proms, Abbey Road Studios and Three Choirs Festival. Their recordings have been released on NMC Recordings and the NYCGB’s own digital release label. They performed at Amiens Cathedral to a global television audience to mark the end of World War I.

They have also attended masterclasses with, and been mentored by industry professionals including Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Jacob Collier, David Clegg, Roxanna Panufnik, Toby Young and Benji Merrison and work with professional groups such as VOCES8, The Swingles and The Tallis Scholars. The Fellows also take part in workshops and performances at conservatoires and music education hubs across the country.

Ben Parry, the NYCGB Artistic Director, announced the launch of applications, ‘We’re very excited to unveil new plans for the NYCGB Fellowship 2021 which now offers even greater opportunities for Fellows to develop as performers, educators, leaders and professionals and to really shape the choral music landscape of the future.’


How to apply

Applicants must be between 20 and 28 years old between September 2020 and August 2021 and must be resident in the UK. The NYCGB is especially keen to see applicants from minority ethnic groups, disabled people and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Applications are open until Friday 16 October 2020. There is no application fee.

More details can be found on the NYCGB website.

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