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Youth Music Updates
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Fund B Refresh

 Our refreshed Fund B programme opens for applications on Friday 4 September 2020. Over the last eight months we have been busy reviewing our grants programme; responding to feedback from grantholders and applicants, reflecting on our priorities and thinking about how we can ensure that our funding programmes are supporting our musical inclusion goals. The two key drivers of the review process have been accessibility and youth voice. We want our grants process to be accessible to a wide variety of organisations and individuals, and we want to ensure that the ultimate beneficiaries of our work, children and young people, are at the centre of our organisation. Read more about what's changed and why in our Programme Manager Zoe Kilb's network blog. You can also look at the Fund B network page for more detailed application information and guidance. 

You may have already seen several changes within our grants programme and across our organisation such as the recent launch of our Access Fund mentioned in the last newsletter, which supports Disabled people to submit applications to Youth Music. 

Stakeholder Survey Report of Findings - 2019
In case you missed it, we shared our annual grantholder feedback survey report. 

As always you can email if you have any questions about anything relating to our grants programme. 
Network Blog of the Month
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This issue's top blog from July is Cre8 Music in Lockdown. Here they reflect on and discuss their most challenging term, with lockdown halting music drop in sessions, limiting group sizes, cancelling face-to-face 1:1 tutoring and forcing the move to online. 

"There’s a lot to get used to in lockdown. We’re all adjusting to a ‘new normal’ which sometimes feels alien, and it’s easy to forget things you’ve not had to consider before. We’ve had young people involved in lessons throughout lockdown have been keen as ever to progress!"

We loved their rendition of Come Together from their talented music team, with new lyrics specially written for their young people. 

More top July blog posts from the Youth Music Network

Jobs & Opportunities
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Youth Music Jobs & Opportunities

External Jobs & 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. 
Musinc: An open conversation between industry professionals and young artists looking at making a career in music. 
Staff in the Spotlight!
Every month, a different member of staff will be in the hotseat, interviewed by another member of the team. This week, we say goodbye to our beloved Office Admin Assistant, who’s been with us for the last year. Whilst we can’t say a proper farewell in person, it felt fitting to use this month’s staff interview to introduce you to Chloe Lam! Below is an extract but you can read the full interview here (link also at the bottom). 

Tell us about your career history to date…

I don’t have the longest career history, but I began as a classical singer – with a special interest in Early Music..

In case there’s anyone else out there who doesn’t quite understand what Early Music is, could you elaborate?

So Early Music is essentially the music that came before Mozart, and looks quite different to what our every day orchestra looks like now. There was no one in Hong Kong making music like that at the time and I wanted to bring something new, so I decided to move to London to study.

I quickly came to realise just how broad the cultural sector is here. I was studying at Guildhall, and met a lot of drama students who really broadened my horizons. I joined Wind Up Penguin Theatre Company, who travel the world, taking their productions to refugee camps...

How did the children respond?

I think it brought some entertainment and escapism. It brought families together too; parents would be around in the background and began to stop what they were doing to see what was going on. We ended up running workshops afterwards, and stayed to chat to families. It completely changed...

I can only imagine it’s the kind of experience that stays with you forever…

I went back a few years later as I really wanted to see some of the children again. Some of them recognised me and had continued to share the songs we sang together with other children in the camp after we’d left. The older ones began...

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