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YMI projects archive

The Youth Music Initiative supports many exciting projects and activities throughout Scotland.  Browse through this list of past features and select one by clicking on the image or hyperlink to read more.

For details of other projects funded through the Scottish Arts Council's Music Department, visit the Music Project archive and Features archive.

Formal Sector
Informal Sector

Formal sector

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

West Lothian Works premiere; Photo: Rob McDougall 

April/May 2008
West Lothian Council
A multi-media music and film project in partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, West Lothian Works

rock animation Courtesy of East Dunbartonshire Council 

February/March 2008
East Dunbartonshire Council
Guitar clubs in secondary schools develop into the East Dunbartonshire Schools Guitar Ensemble

Sound Start rehearsal; Photo: courtesy North Ayrshire Council

December / January 2007
North Ayrshire Council - Sound Start
Primary schools in North Ayrshire create whole-class bands with this innovative programme

Avitar project performance; Photo: Chris Nelms

November 2007
Glasgow City Council - How to Create an Avitar
56 pupils work with Scottish Youth Theatre to create their own piece of musical theatre.

Infectious Grooves logo

YMI Project - June/July 2007:
Midlothian Council - African drumming
The 'Release the Rhythm' project run by Infectious Grooves in primary schools.

Joint Performance; photo: Dorothy Lees

YMI Project - May 2007:

East Ayrshire Council - The Jolly Beggars
Primary pupils from Scotland and Northern Ireland join for a performance.

TMIS workshop; Photo: Derek Prescott

YMI project - March 2007:
Feis Rois - Traditional Musicians in Schools
Traditional musicians visit primary schools all over Scotland to introduce children to traditional music, song and dance. 

 Sonic Postcards Boat Recording: Photo; Aberdeenshire Council

YMI project - December 2006:
a profile of the YMI projects running in Aberdeenshire

 Songs Of Arran Book; Illustration: Pupils from Arran Primary

YMI project - October 2006:
North Ayrshire YMI
a profile of the YMI formula funding within North Ayrshire, including a look at a project called Songs of Arran Life

Kittybrewster school learning about the gamelan at Aberdeen University; Photo: Arts Education Team 

YMI project - June 2006:
Aberdeen City Council Strategic Development Project
a profile of a world music /composition /music technology project in Aberdeen

Informal sector

Activities delivered 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.

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.

Recording project, Craigroyston band; Photo: Thick-Skinned Productions

July 2008
Thick-Skinned Productions
Two very different small-scale projects: an opportunity to experience the music industry and record in a professional studio, and a focus on developing skills in jazz composition and improvisation.

May/June 2008
Scottish Music Centre - Phonik
Scottish Music Centre's first programme of comtemporary music teaching based round technology, including sessions on DJing skills, lyric writing and an introduction to production techniques.

Photo: McAteer Photograph

April/May 2008
Soma Skool
A leading concert promoter and one of Scotland’s top dance labels have been developing opportunities for young people to perform and learn about the workings of the music industry…

The band Deep Water; Photo: Aberdeen Foyer

February/March 2008
Aberdeen Foyer
Young people in Ellon get the chance to learn instruments, form bands and record their own music

Gaelic playgroup music; Photo: courtesy Young Musicians Hebrides

December / January 2007
Young Musicians Hebrides - Ciste Ciuil
A project with pre-school children in Gaelic nurseries on Lewis and Harris

Playback members in studio; Photo: May Baillie

YMI Project - October 2007
Playback Project
young people with disabilities compose and record a cd to celebrate Drake Music Scotland and the Playback Trust's tenth anniversaries

Taiko drumming workshop; Courtesy: Craighalbert Centre

YMI Project - September 2007
Quavers Music - Demon Drums project
Japanese Taiko drumming workshops for young people with motor impairments.

Drumming; Photo: A Ferguson

YMI Project - April 2007:

Geilsland School
Geilsland Arts Music Project

Rock and Roll!; Photo: David McLean 

YMI project - February 2007:
Music Makers - The Tullochan Trust
Young people from disadvantaged areas in West Dunbartonshire write, perform and record their own songs.

 Parent and child music classes; Photo: Neill Forrest

YMI project - January 2007:
Music for Early Ears
a profile of the Music for Early Ears project organised by Glasgow Cultural Enterprises

David Dove; Photo: Greater Easterhouse Arts Company 

YMI project - December 2006:
Greater Easterhouse Arts Company
a profile of the Bridge Centre in Easterhouse, Glasgow

Station House Media Unit Logo; Courtesy: Station House Media Unit 

YMI project - September 2006:
Station House Media Unit - Access All Areas
a profile of a project working with young people in areas of multiple deprivation in Aberdeen City

DUB Logo; Courtesy: Impact Arts 

YMI project - July/August 2006:
Impact Arts - The Dub Music Project
a profile of an urban music, art and dance project in Glasgow

Cape Breton tutor, Dave MacIsaac's, fiddle class; Courtesy: Ceòlas 

YMI project of the month - May 2006:
Ceòlas Uibhist

a profile of Ceòlas' work on North and South Uist and Benbecula

Young pianist; Courtesy: Bridge Centre Music Project 

YMI project of the month - April 2006:
Bridge Centre Music Project

a profile of East Lothian's Bridge Centre Music Project for young people

*West Lothian Works YMI
*East Dunbartonshire Council YMI
*North Ayrshire Council
*Musical Theatre YMI
*Infectious Grooves YMI
*East Ayrshire YMI
*Feis Rois
*Aberdeenshire YMI
*North Ayrshire YMI
*Aberdeen City Council
*Thick Skinned Productions
*Scottish Music Centre YMI
*Soma skool YMI
*Aberdeen Foyer YMI
*Young Musicians Hebrides YMI
*Drake Music YMI
*Quavers Music YMI
*Geilsland School
*Tullochan Trust
*Music for Early Ears
*Greater Easterhouse YMI
*Station House Media Unit
*Dub Music Project
*Ceolas Uibhist
*Bridge Centre YMI
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