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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.