We’re very pleased to announce that Arts Council England have awarded Yorkshire Youth and Music a National Lottery Project Grant to support the professional development of music leaders.

For the next year, we will be offering mentoring and coaching, placements and specialist training for Yorkshire-based musicians who work, or want to work, with very vulnerable young people, including those who are looked after, who have mental illness, or who are at risk.

During Covid-19, there were no opportunities for new music leaders to enter the profession, or to build the skills they need. Now that the pandemic is (almost) behind us, there are many more vulnerable young people who can benefit from music making and learning from talented musicians and artists across the region, many of whom become role models for the young people we work with.

Check out this snippet from the professional development sessions we ran online for our existing facilitators during the pandemic to get glimpse of the wisdom of musician, Sean Chandler, who we work with already (and who is now on our Board!):

If you'd like to get in touch with us, please feel free to ask us about accessing this support (or learning about any of our projects).

We’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks; for now we’re excited to get started, and would like to take this opportunity to thank ACE for the support.