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Youth Music Initiative (YMI)

The Scottish Arts Council is actively involved in supporting music for young people in Scotland through its Youth Music Initiative (YMI).

Find out more about the beginning and current developments of the YMI in Scotland.


Youth Music Forum Scotland
If you are involved in youth music in Scotland get involved at www.ymfs.org.uk and learn, network and promote or you can read more

Y Newsletter
Read the Spring 2010 edition of the Y Newsletter, the quarterly newsletter of Scotland's Youth Music Initiative.

YMI projects
Visit our YMI Projects pages to learn about projects made possible by the YMI including details of Touring Pilot and the Demo fund.

Taiko drumming workshop; Photo: courtesy Craighalbert Centre

YMI features
Visit our YMI Features pages to read about topics and issues of particular interest to the youth music sector including a focus on training.


Music matters. Young people spend more time listening to, talking about or making music than any other creative pursuit.

Explore the background of the Youth Music Initiative (YMI), read about some of the many projects that the YMI has funded and take a look at the issues affecting the youth music sector through our webpages.

The beginning
An overview of the first three years of the YMI.

Current developments
Years 4 and 5 of the YMI.

YMI publications, including the Autumn edition of the Y Newsletter, can be found on the YMI Publications page.  For current announcements and opportunities, visit the YMI section of the Music Notices page.

P6 target sustained in 2006/07

The new Scottish Arts Council Report on the P6 Target Data has now been published and can be downloaded from the Youth Music Initiative publications page.  This report uses data collected from all 32 local authorities and Jordanhill School to show that in 2006/07 (Year 4 of the YMI) the P6 target was sustained throughout Scotland

The P6 target is that 'all school children should have had access to one year's free music tuition by the time they reach Primary 6', and forms the basis of the YMI's work in the formal youth music sector.  There were 218 projects that contributed to sustaining the P6 target in Year 4, with musical genres including jazz, traditional Scottish music and opera.

Download the Scottish Arts Council Report on the P6 Target Data.

YMI links
* The beginning
* Current developments
* Features
* Projects
* Publications
See also
* Youth Music Initiative notices
* Youth Music Initiative funding for organisations
* Youth Music Initiative funding for individuals
* Music at The Scottish Arts Council
* Education at the Scottish Arts Council
* Contact us
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