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YMFS Feedback: Forums

March 4, 2014


Join us online for the fifth episode of ‘Feedback’, our series of monthly live streamed broadcasts, led by Youth Music Forum Scotland and broadcast via Livestream, exploring current topics in youth music from all across the country.

For this episode, focussing on ‘Forums’, we are joined by special guests and forum leaders Jess Abrams from Edinburgh Youth Music Forum and Iain Bruce from East Lothian’s ElJam.

The live discussion will look at different types of youth music forum, how they are run and the benefits and opportunities they are providing for young people. We also hope to be joined by a few forum members who will be able to give us an insight into being part of a youth music forum and the activities involved.

Take part in the conversation live online where you can ask our guests any of your questions on youth music forums and find out all about what’s happening in youth music in Scotland this month.

The live stream discussion will run from 5:00—5:30 PM on Thursday 26 September 2013.

Watch the archived stream back anytime right here:

You can also watch last month’s broadcast on ‘Removing Barriers to Participation’ back anytime here:

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Scottish Youth Theatre: Easter Holiday Courses

February 27, 2014

ScottishYouthTheatreLOGOThe Scottish Youth Theatre are offering Easter holiday courses for 8—11 year olds and 12—16 year olds this April, offering young people the chance to gain experience and skills in musical theatre.

The courses are split into two categories by age group, with 8—11 year olds being offered a Musical Theatre Course Monday 7—Saturday 12 April 2014 and 12—16 year olds being offered a Theatre Toolbox course Monday 14—Friday 18 April 2014.

The Musical Theatre course (ages 8—11) will give aspiring young people the chance to act, sing and dance, all working towards a brand new musical performance at the . This newly created musical will be performed at the end of the week-long course at the Scottish Youth Theatre.

The Theatre Toolbox course (ages 12-16) offers a series of diverse workshops for beginners in Stage Makeup and Special Effects, Act! Sing! Dance!, Make ‘Em Laugh, Acting for camera, Script In Hand and more. Participants can sign up for the whole week or just the workshops that interest them specifically.

For further information, follow the links above or contact the SYT at or on 0141 552 3988.

ONfest 2014: Applications Open

February 24, 2014

ONFEST2014Applications for ONfest 2014 are now open.

ONCreative have another jam-packed summer programme for children and young people. ONfest 2014 has something for everyone, whether it is creating, composing and writing a piece for Fringe 2015, experiencing new styles of Dance, take part in a show on the Adam Smith Theatre stage or just having fun.

To book a place at ONfest visit their website and complete the application here.

Youth Music Theatre UK: Auditions

February 14, 2014

YMT logoYouth Music Theatre UK, the UK’s national music theatre company for young people aged 11—21, are hosting auditions in Scotland this month providing young people the opportunity to join in with the organisation and it’s upcoming new projects.

The YMT work to provide high quality training for gifted young musicians, singers, actors, dancers and more, giving these talented young people the chance to gain experience and develop their skills further by working with leading industry professionals.

Over February, the organisation are visiting Scotland to host auditions in a search for a new group of talented young people to work with in their new productions for 2014.

Dates and venues are as follows:

To find out more and get involved, you can visit:

Hit The Road First Tour of 2014

January 24, 2014


The Scottish Music Centre’s highly successful touring project for young musicians (aged 14—19 years), Hit The Road has returned in fine form for the new year, having just announced their first tour of 2014.

The tour will visit three of Scotland’s biggest cities for performances featuring 3 great young bands: Farkow /  Man of Moon /  Mosco.

The tour will visit:

Ticket information will be available soon via the Hit The Road Facebook page –

YMFS Weekly 10 January 2014

January 9, 2014

Each week the Youth Music Forum Scotland brings you news, opportunity and events in Youth Music from all across the country. Here are this week’s highlights featuring Edinburgh Youth Music Forum, Trad Youth Music Forum and Enterprise Music Scotland…

EYMF ‘Reaching Out’ SwapShop
The Edinburgh Youth Music Forum has just announced it’s next free SwapShop meeting, taking place at 7PM on Tuesday 28 January, this time titled ‘Reaching Out’ and focussing on working with hard to reach children and young people.

Arctic Music Festival – Trad Youth Music Project
Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin and Aberdeen International Youth Festival are looking for 7 talented traditional musicians and dancers aged between 14—18 years to participate in the upcoming Arctic Music Festival, taking place Sunday 30 March—Sunday 6 April 2014 in Finnsnes in the Troms region of Arctic Norway.

Music Education Matters Conference 2014
Enterprise Music Scotland have announced their upcoming Music Education Matters conference, taking place at The Arches in Glasgow on Friday 30 May 2014.

Please also feel free to email us with your news,

EYMF ‘Reaching Out’ SwapShop

January 9, 2014

EYMF logo 620The Edinburgh Youth Music Forum has just announced it’s next free SwapShop meeting, this time titled ‘Reaching Out’ and focussed on working with hard to reach children and young people.

This workshop will feature one of the world’s most successful and active Community Music trainers, Phil Mullen. Having lead regular seminars and workshops all across the world on the topic, taught community musicians at Goldsmith’s College for over 20 years, worked in various other educational settings with hard to reach people, Phil possesses a broad-spanning set of experiences and knowledge to impart to attendees.

The workshop will take place at 7PM on Tuesday 28 January, venue TBC. To find out more and keep up to date with EYMF, visit –

Aletrnatively, you can contact Jess Abrams on 07811 331 641 if you have any questions.

Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2014: Applications Open!

December 13, 2013


The Scottish Jazz Federation has launched it’s highly successful Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition for another year, once again shining a well-deserved spotlight on the country’s incredible youth music talents.

Running since 2005, the competition and prestigious award has grown from strength to strength in the jazz world and wider music industry, with winners and nominees going on to excel greatly in their young careers.

The competition itself also presents valuable challenges and opportunities for it’s talented young entrants, participating in workshops, auditions, mentoring sessions and competitive performances at established venues with large audiences across the country.

All entries for the initial audio panel must be received by February 28 2014 at 5PM.

For further information on how to apply, visit – or contact email or call the office on 01368 866895.

You can also download the application form for Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2014 by visiting the SJF Issuu profile.

Tinderbox Orchestra: Journey of a Thousand Wings

December 5, 2013


Join the critically-acclaimed Tinderbox Orchestra for a multi-cultural evening of live visuals, storytelling, orchestra, band, and choir performances at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, 8PM on Saturday 7 December 2013.

The experimental and innovative Tinderbox youth orchestra can be seen alongside some of the finest musicians from across the globe in this night of exciting ground-breaking performances. These world class artists come together from Chile, China and the Balkans for this special Journey of a Thousand Wings show, in celebration of inspired communities and projects across the globe, all with a strong link to Edinburgh and Scotland in 2013.

For further information, you can visit –

To buy tickets, go to –

Music Business Apprenticeships in Edinburgh

November 27, 2013

DaylightMusicProductionsDaylight Music Productions and The Academy of Music and Sound have just announced their new programme of paid apprenticeships for young people working in music business.

These apprenticeships are open to interested and enthusiastic young people aged 16—19 years old who are not currently in education and who have not previously completed an apprenticeship.

This exciting new opportunity for young people will provide successful applicants with 16 hours of paid work experience per week with Daylight Music Productions in Edinburgh. Apprentices will be given the chance to work within a wide variety of areas of the music business, including live event promotion, marketing, A&R, royalties and much more.

Interviews will take place in December and the apprenticeship will begin in January.

For more information visit –

To submit an application, send a CV and covering letter to

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