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Youth Music charity NYMAZ appoints first Young Trustees

NYMAZ, the Youth Music-supported charity based in the North of England, has appointed its first ever Young Trustees as part of a commitment to expanding and widen the organisation’s musical opportunities for young people across North Yorkshire and beyond.

Sophie Rudge, 24, from York and Harry Twohig, 18, from Middlesbrough (pictured above), now both join the organisation’s Board of Trustees. Their roemit is to champion young people’s opportunities to play and enjoy music and to represent the voice of young people.

We know that music has the power to change lives

As well as making sure it can benefit from young people’s insight at board level, NYMAZ is also reshaping its Ambassadors programme. 11-16 year olds will have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes in the music business, organising events and recording music. Meanwhile, 17-25 year olds will receive mentoring so they can deliver activity across the region.

Eleanor Gill, recently appointed as Chair of the NYMAZ Board of Trustees, said:

‘We know that music has the power to change lives – it can raise aspirations, enable personal development and enhance career prospects. That’s why we are so passionate about ensuring that every child has an opportunity to make and enjoy music, whatever their circumstances.

‘It is only right that our board reflects the communities we serve. The Board is committed to including younger voices at a leadership level and we are very excited that Sophie and Harry are joining us. We believe they will give us extra insight into the needs of young people, including the best ways to communicate with them.

‘And as music’s position on the UK curriculum continues to decline, the work of organisations like NYMAZ are becoming increasingly important. It delivers music-making activities to those in challenging circumstances, including those who are rurally isolated and cannot easily access music tuition, through to those suffering economic deprivation.’