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Welcome to the Youth Music Network monthly Newsletter. 

It's been another busy month at Youth Music with our new Project Lead for the Emerging Creatives Fund starting (keep an eye out for news on this exciting fund), as well as the appointment of our Freelance Assessors. The deadline for  our Trustee recruitment is this Friday, so if you know someone who loves music and young people and has experience in finance, communications or safeguarding, please do share. 
If lockdown three is taking its toll, please do revisit our Office Manager Leigh’s working from home tips – scroll down to the comments section for 2021 updates. Leigh has also been our Staff in the Spotlight this month, scroll to the end for a lovely read. 
Wellbeing Tips
Open and trusting funders
Youth Music is one of 50 funders to have joined a community of open and trusting grantmakers. We have committed to adopting simpler, more flexible practices that can accommodate and support the ongoing uncertainty and unpredictability caused by COVID-19. These commitments, reflect our dedication to keeping the best of our emergency responses into 2021 and beyond. Thanks to the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and London Funders. #FlexibleFunders
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St Valentine's Day Massacre
A big thank you to the St Valentine's Day Massacre, an annual gig which took place last Saturday, online this year for the first time. Various musicians and bands mainly from Portsmouth and the surrounding area performed their own cover versions of love song classics, raising money for us in the process. This year’s total currently stands at £2,385, smashing their target!

We have an annual Give A Gig fundraising campaign and really appreciate those who get involved every year, so let us know if you have any 2021 Give A Gigs planned! 
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Network Blog of the Month
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This issue's top blog is from Peter Shilton from Merseyside Arts Foundation, "5 Tips for Successfully Streaming Online Content".

He writes: "we have gleaned some examples of good practice to distill...which we would like to share, either for young people streaming direct to their own fans and audience or for practitioners supporting young people with these music-making activities." 

More top recent blog posts from the Youth Music Network. 

Lots of amazing blog posts to read at the moment so do have an explore of the other ones on there. 
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Jobs & Opportunities
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Jobs and Opportunities

CPD, Training & Events
Full job listings and event listings can be viewed on the YMN. For any opportunities specifically targeted towards young people, please post them on the Youth Music Opportunities page. We encourage sharing round our bi-weekly Next Gen newsletter sign up for the latest opportunities.
AMIE Updates & Resources
AMIE is the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. 
Staff in the Spotlight!

For this month's Staff in the Spotlight, we caught up with our Office Manager Leigh Halifax. 

You used to work in retail - How did you find out about Youth Music and what made you apply to work here?

I did, I had worked in fashion retail for many years and then I moved to an art supply retail. I loved being a manager, I loved coaching people and creating environments that allowed people to thrive in a traditionally challenging and exhausting work environment. But, retail can take its toll and...

What’s a day in the life of an office manager? Do you have a favourite thing about your job and this sector?

It’s hard to say what’s in a ‘normal day’ because there isn’t one. It’s one of the best things about the job. I get to be a part of so many different aspects of the organisation and what it does and that motivates me! My favourite thing about the job is...

You’re also a performer - how did you get into it? You’ve done a few online performances during lockdown - are you working on anything right now? 

I am a drag queen – shameless plug my Instagram @miss.leigh.ding – I have been performing for many many many years, originally as a dancer in which I did some incredible things; I was once in a...

You also support the staff with wellbeing and have been helping us keep our sanity during lockdown - do you have any more advice?

I think my best piece of advice is to do what’s best for you, and what works for you. We get told to do many things to keep ourselves sane but ultimately you know what you need. Don’t feel guilty and bad if you spend a whole Saturday on the sofa binge watching...

What’s your favourite meal?

I mean listen I’m not one of those classy people who thrives on 5 star Michelin, a large vegan dominos pizza with a nice glass of red will always put a smile on my face! But, I do love my homemade...

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