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Delivery dates: 2017 and 2018

Commissioner: National Foundation for Youth Music

Target cohort: Young people in challenging circumstances aged 14 to 18 years old

Partners: The Core at Corby Cube

Key objective: Through taking part in creative activity, creating and recording an original album of music based on a theme or concept, 96 young people will be supported through Bronze Arts Award. 120 young people in total will have the opportunity to take Bronze Arts Award. 4 Assistant Music leaders will gain Silver Arts Award - These roles will support delivery, provide peer-mentoring opportunities and develop the local music workforce.

Summary: Concept is based around a week-long studio residency with an ethos of artists and young people as collaborators and co-producers of an original EP with a shared concept, character or theme. Young people write original lyrics, make original music and record their own tracks. They then continue their artistic development over the following weeks as a bridge to regular participation. The project will be hosted at venues in Northamptonshire and  Leicestershire.


Please email for more information about this project.  You can read articles on the Youth Music Network blog about this project, read about: the first Concept residency, urban influences on the work produced during the second Concept residency, and strategies and approaches to delivering Bronze Arts Award in a week.  You can also enjoy music and videos produced by the young people participating in this project on our Soundcloud and Vimeo accounts.


Perfect Score


Delivery dates: April 2018 to April 2020

Commissioner: National Foundation for Youth Music

Target cohort: Young people aged 13 to 18 (some flexibility possible)

Partners: Leicester Music Education Hub (LEMEH) and Curve Theatre

Key objective: We will enable young people in Leicester to overcome barriers to high quality music-making activity, developing the knowledge and experience to pursue careers in music. We will also develop emerging music leaders to lead participatory music activity both during the life of the project, and as a direct project legacy.

Summary: Perfect Score utilises the combined 100 years experience of LEMEH, Curve Theatre and Pedestrian to raise awareness of careers in music, develop talent in a range of styles and genres, and to promote progression into varied music careers including participatory delivery.  The project is designed to support greater progression into careers in music for those experiencing barriers and from disadvantaged backgrounds. As such, development of key employability skills forms the backbone of all delivery across two core strands: Press Start and Level Up.  Press Start delivers targeted inclusive drop-in music making sessions for young people experiencing disadvantage.  Level Up provides continuing professional development for Trainee Music Leaders looking to work in participatory music alongside development of current workforce and schools' music leads.


Please email for more information about this project.  You can get updates and read more about this project on our dedicated blog.


Positive Platforms


Delivery dates: January 2018 - October 2018

Commissioner: Big Lottery - Awards For All

Target cohort: Young people experiencing disadvantage

Partners: Leicestershire Police Cadets

Key objective: Young people producing community events in Coalville.

Summary: Positive Platforms works with an events team of young people aged 14 to 19 years old, who are in challenging circumstances in the Coalville area of the East Midlands. The project provides opportunities for young people to plan, develop and deliver two community events in green spaces and public parks in Coalville. These events will engage the wider community in interesting and informative public events with a creative and engaging format.


Please email for further information about this project.


Produce and Progress


Delivery dates: September 2016 – April 2019

Commissioner: BBC Children In Need

Target cohort: 10-18 year old disadvantaged children and young people

Partners: Marriott Primary School, Children In Care Council and Leicester LGBT Centre

Key objective: To aid individuals' own progression whilst helping others and making positive contributions to their community.

Summary: Produce and Progress is an East Midlands based programme aiming to co-produce creative activity with young people to address problems specific to their geographic area.  The project spans 3 years, with 3 communities targeted each year.  The project aims to improve the communication, self-confidence and team-working skills of the participants.  Each workshop series lasts 12 weeks for approximately 2 hours per week.


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Sowing The Seeds


Delivery dates: May 2018 – December 2018

Commissioner: Arts Council England

Target cohort: Young people experiencing disadvantage and Emerging Participatory Arts Practitioners

Partners: Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries

Key objective: Develop Participatory Arts Practitioners in Leicester and Nottinghamshire

Summary: Sowing the Seeds is a programme of high-quality artist development and participatory arts activity in Leicester and North Nottinghamshire, designed to develop Emerging Participatory Arts Practitioners and engage young people with low cultural capital.  The programme is delivered in two areas identified as social mobility coldspots, and is designed to support and work alongside existing high quality arts venues and organisations.


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The Drop


Delivery dates: February 2018 to 30th September 2018

Commissioner: Wesleyan Foundation

Target cohort: Young people aged 13 to 20 who are experiencing challenging circumstances and who are interested in developing their music skills and knowledge of career progression routes in the creative and music industries.

Partners: N/A

Key objective: To support young people aged 13 to 20 living in Leicester city to develop their life skills, education, employability and capacity for capitalising on enterprise opportunities through a series of drop-in music sessions.

Summary: The Drop provides engaging and contemporary music-making activities alongside access to professionals. In addition to this we are working with 3 young music trainees who are developing leadership skills through their participation. We are hosting a series of sessions at Curve Theatre, in schools, and with specific groups including Looked After Children and Young Carers during the summer holidays.


Please email for more information about this project.