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Reshape Music Report
Reshape Music is our new report exploring the lived experience of Disabled Musicians in education and beyond. The research was led by eight co-researchers who are all Disabled Musicians, alongside Dr Sarah Mawby. Put together with the Take It Away Music Consortium, the report gathers hundreds of music makers, educators and retailers' views. We're encouraging people to share their experience using the #ReshapeMusic and #DisabledMusician hash tags on Twitter. Our Programme Director Carol Reid put together a blog post, 5 things you can do to Reshape Music which we recommend reading alongside the report. There is also an interview on the Youth Music website with Arts Council member and disability champion Andrew Miller on increasing accessibility and support for Disabled musicians. 
Report: How COVID-19 has affected youth music-making
We have another report out too, which brings together a range of data sources to analyse and reflect on how COVID-19 has affected youth music work in England. The analysis focuses on he organisations and the workforce who support young people to access music-making, helping those who face a range of barriers. 

Celebrating Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some content from our grantholders. You Press are hosting a free screening of Voices of Black Opera which also includes an operatic performance! GemArts announced a new music video created online by the very talented Gr8 Youth group performing Glory by John Legend. 

Bristol Beacon new name for Colston Hall
Our CEO Matt Griffiths gave a statement on the Bristol Beacon name change. The name change is a significant moment and will be remembered by generations to come and acknowledges cruel injustices and inequalities of the past whilst recognising there continues to be much more to do to achieve a fairer, equitable and inclusive society.
 
Music Education Hub (MEH) Lead Fund - Open for Applications
Round 2 of the Music Education Hub (MEH) fund is open for applications. This is an opportunity to respond to the life-shaping events of 2020 by encouraging Hubs to work together to adapt their practice and put inclusion front and centre. 

Youth Music Awards 2021
We made the difficult decision to postpone the Youth Music Awards until Wed 21 Oct. We have also extended the nomination deadline until March 2021. 
Socially-distanced music making. Credit: YES Brixham. 
Network Blog of the Month
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This issue's top blog from September is from 20Twenty Productions: Jack Wilson: Lockdown Song and Music Video. 14-year old Jack attended a songwriting workshop during lockdown and then recording the song himself as well as producing a music video! He was featured in an article by the local paper

"The music video comes after 20Twenty Productions received a fresh funding boost from Youth Music to run similar workshops to the one Jack attended." 

Check out a further blog post they've written about the opening of their new studio and offices.
Studio Launch!

More top September blog posts from the Youth Music Network

Jobs & Opportunities
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External Jobs & Opportunities Advertised on the YMN

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. 
Bristol Beacon launch video
Staff in the Spotlight!
Our latest Staff in the Spotlight features our Finance Admin Assistant Debbie, who recently joined the Youth Music team. Here’s an extract from the interview but you can read the full interview here (link at the bottom). 

Hey Debbie! Tell us a bit about yourself and what your career has involved so far?
My working career started with a combination of roles in Accountancy and Law; both these Sectors held great interest for me and I applied myself with studies and training to be able to demonstrate and perform the necessary skills within these fields. My first two jobs were in...
 
You’ve been at Youth Music for a couple of months now – how are you finding it?
I have been here for nearly two months and I love it! Working remotely is a very different way of working, especially when all my previous roles have been 100% office based. But Youth Music has equipped me with the tools I need to do this job. The team meetings are so informative, yet professional and relaxing at the same time. Youth Music really helps me to feel a part of something so big, engaging, and positive for the Youth involved...

You’ve mentioned that you like to sing, who are your favourite artists to sing along to? 
I have an almost ridiculous eclectic taste in music, I love 50s, 60s Motown, Country Music, Soft rock, Soul, R&B and all forms of Gospel. I often like to sing along to...

Can you play any instruments? If not, what instrument would you like to play and why?
Sadly, my keyboard is sitting at the back of my wardrobe, I took lessons many years ago, but I did not master the art of playing the instrument properly, “It is still a dream, that one day I will fully learn”...

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
Socialising, going out to the dinner, gym, theatre, cinemas, and Church (lol…those were the pre-coronavirus days) almost everything that is hard to do now...
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