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Youth Music Initiative projects

Each month we will feature one of the many great YMI projects that are taking place around Scotland.

Touring pilot
The Youth Music Initiative has established a mini touring consortia to give young musicians the chance to go on a professionally organised tour...read more

Lis Dooner and finger puppets Piano Pete and Forte Fred

Scottish Borders Community Orchestra
YMI Informal Sector funded a pilot project involving Scottish Borders Community Orchestra to take orchestral instruments to Scottish Borders nursery classes in October 2008...read more

Hear Glasgow
Hear Glasgow was set up in July to explore and develop music opportunities in Glasgow  for young people aged between 0 - 25.

Fit to Fly

Demo Fund
In 2008 the Scottish Arts Council Youth Music Initiative launched a pilot scheme, called Demo Fund as part of the Independent Music Making Initiative, to support young people who are making music independently.

Jazz Funk Day; Photo: Alison Lincoln 

Scottish Borders Council
The Play On Together project, a series of whole-day workshops for aiming to improve skills in a particular instrument, genre or style of music.

Big Noise launch; photo: Peter Sandground 

Sistema Scotland
The Big Noise Orchestra, a project in Stirling based on the world-renowed El Sistema programme of Venezuela.

Projects funded by the Youth Music Initiative (YMI) can be broadly divided into formal and informal sector activities.

Formal sector
Activities delivered by local authority staff and teachers mainly during school time.

Informal sector
Activities delivered through the YMI scheme by independent and national music/arts organisations outside school time in learning environments that are not school-based such as youth clubs or arts centres.

To see projects from previous months, visit the YMI project archive

If you know of a YMI project that you think should feature on our website, contact Rhian Russell, Youth Music Administrator.

*Demo Fund
*Hear Glasgow Forum
*Sistema Scotland
*Scottish Borders Council
*Scottish Borders Community Orchestra
*Touring Pilot
See also
* Youth Music Initiative home
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