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Blueprint Report

This month, Youth Music launched a major new piece of research ‘A Blueprint for the Future’. 

The report features the voices of 1,300 young people with plans to begin careers in the music industry. It showcases how, despite the overwhelming tenacity, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit in young people, current routes for them to move from education to employment are not fit for purpose.

With barriers often intersecting and issues magnified by the coronavirus lockdown, the report warns that thousands of young people are currently being driven out of the sector they love, or forced to go it alone outside the system.

A Blueprint for the Future sets out a positive vision for change that’s centred on the power of supporting and cultivating young creatives across the music industry.

Incubator Fund

Alongside this, we also launched the new Incubator Fund, a £2 million fund to help music industry organisations to harness the skills and creativity of diverse young talent. Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries. The fund is designed to help open up access to sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25, particularly those who are underrepresented; and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent. We had coverage in NME, Music Ally, Music Week and CMU. It would be great if this tweet could be shared to spread the word further about the new fund. We held a informative Q&A session today and which we will be sharing. 

In other Youth Music news...

If you identify as Disabled and need further support to make an application to Youth Music, you can apply to our Access FundThis provides funding to cover any additional access costs that might be required for you to make an application to one of Youth Music’s main grant funds. 
Congratulations to the 75 organisations that were offered a Fund A grant in the last two rounds (A17 was awarded in March, A18 in June). The next round, A19, is open for applications with a deadline of Friday 31 July
We've partnered with Youth Music ambassadors Bicep and Charanga to launch a new electronic music competition to find some of the best electronic dance music tracks produced on VIP Studio Sessions (an online learning and music production platform). We have been able to give organisations we fund, and the young people they support, access to VIP Studio Sessions. 
Network Blog of the Month
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We're now doing a new blog of the month feature to draw attention to some of the great reflective articles on the network. Chosen by the Grants & Learning team, this month's top blog from June is Soundtracks: Reflections of working on an adapted music programme during isolation. Here they discuss the challenges faced by remote working and how it has also been a valuable educational journey. As writer Rosa Sanchez-Johnson comments, "I have been able to discover more about both the artistic and logistic process of providing online resources specifically, as well as, more broadly, the layered roles of the Music Leaders that I learn from". Check out their song in the video below!

More top June blog posts from the YMN 

Jobs & Opportunities
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Youth Music Advertisements

External Job Advertisements

  • Artis have advertised for a number of Performing Arts Specialist roles in London, Yorkshire and the West Midlands. Deadline Mon 20 July. 
  • Yorkshire Music Education Service (YMES) have advertised a number of music teaching roles in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Hampshire. Deadline Fri 24 July. 

CPD & Training

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. 
Sound Connections: Building your resilience and keeping well through music
Staff in the Spotlight!
Want to know more about the Youth Music team? We caught up with Grants & Learning Officer Jana Jammal who joined us in February and looks after our portfolio in the South East and South West. Thanks to Jana for accidentally agreeing to be the first interviewee! 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’ve always worked within the arts. As a teenager growing up in Beirut, I worked every summer as a youth leader in summer and after school programmes. I also taught arts and crafts to children as my part time job throughout uni. After graduation I got a job programming and managing a friends’ community café and then as a gallery assistant in Beirut’s...

How have you found your new role as G&L Officer?
I’ve always wanted a big work family so was I really excited to start working with 20 people (and Buzz). I was at YM office for three weeks before lockdown started so had to get to know my role, colleagues and grantholders online...

What's the best thing about working for Youth Music?
My colleagues, the wonderful people I’m meeting through my portfolio, and without sounding disingenuous, I really value that YM...

What do you like to do outside of work?
Pre-corona days - I tried to experience London’s cultural offer as much as possible. I have a particular affinity for contemporary dance so I do spend quite a lot of time at Sadler’s Wells and The Place in Islington...
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