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New stakeholder initiative from YMI proves resounding success

The Scottish Arts Council’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) hosted a new Sounding Post seminar for Scotland’s local authorities on 24 April to share knowledge, experience and best practice in Youth music provision.

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With a strong focus on making a good application, the event, held at Stirling’s Tolbooth, also offered key providers of youth music activities in the informal sectors the opportunity to share their work and experiences with their local authority colleagues. Offering tips and advice from YMI staff and the chance for artists to showcase work, services and projects, Sounding Post was the first event of its kind and has successfully widened the communication channels between local authority YMI stakeholders as a group and The Scottish Arts Council’s YMI team.

Two Sounding Post events are planned each year, with the second seminar for 2009 due to take place in the winter. As the programme develops, Scottish Arts Council’s YMI team hope the event will extend to include more showcasing of formal and informal sector providers of YMI; performances of live music from young people; creative debate on the issues pertinent to the youth music sector as well as offering a platform for the voice of young people and their views on their musical education.

Since its creation in 2003, the Youth Music Initiative formula fund has awarded over £46 million to Scotland’s 32 local authorities to ensure that the opportunity to make music is more accessible and forms a part of everyday school-life for Scotland’s young people. 

More information about YMI and Sounding Post seminars can be found at the YMI section of our website 

Early years music class; Photo: Neill Forrest

Youth Music Initiative’s Sounding Post aims to:

  • Create a platform to share best practice
  • Provide an opportunity for informal and formal sector music providers to showcase their work, services and projects
  • Identify developing trends, gaps, and programmes of music activity that have a national resonance
  • Create an open dialogue between key youth music service providers with the view to exploiting synergies across formal and informal sectors
  • Provide an opportunity for local authority stakeholders  to feedback and engage in an ongoing discourse that may help shape the future of YMI

See also
* Youth Music Initiative
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