Awards for Young Musicians announce new partnership phase with 10 Music Hubs

AYM are delighted to continue working with ten of their Furthering Talent partner Hubs in an exciting new phase of the programme running from April 2023 to March 2026.

Furthering Talent Connect will build on the longstanding relationship between AYM and 10 current Hub partners who will become Ambassador Hubs from April 2023, continuing the fantastic work of the last four and half years. The Ambassador Hubs will be:

  • Bradford
  • Greater Manchester
  • Hull
  • Lewisham Music
  • Resonate (Liverpool)
  • Manchester
  • The Music Partnership (Staffordshire, Telford and Stoke)
  • Sheffield
  • Sunderland
  • Severn Arts (Worcestershire)

In this new phase, Furthering Talent Connect will further embed the principles of inclusive musical practice and child-led, personalised learning within partner Hubs and sector-wide. Furthering Talent Connect comprises:

  • 400 nominated young people will have individual instrumental or, for the first time, vocal tuition
  • Musical Progression Bursary per child to help achieve the goals they, with their teacher’s support, set themselves in their Individual Learning Plan (ILP) using the new Charanga hosted tool. 
  • Termly Get Togethers where diverse high-quality musical partners will develop their musical knowledge and skills, provide new experiences, connect them with peers, engage families and build belonging and community.
  • An AYM Connector who will work two days per week, identifying hundreds more young people facing barriers to music making and connecting them to information and opportunities. 
  • Music leaders will be invited to termly Teachers’ Forums to reflect, discuss their students’ progress and share good practice.

AYM will also be recruiting 10 further Connector Hubs in early 2024 (more details in due course).

“We’re excited to collaborate with our Hub partners to deliver Furthering Talent Connect over the next three years. Together we’ll share and implement our inclusive progression model more widely than ever before to help realise young people’s musical potential across England. Youth Music’s amazing support and input for so many years will continue to be vital as we further develop this ground-breaking work.”

Hester Cockcroft, AYM’s Chief Executive

Youth Music have been a partner and major funder of Furthering Talent since 2014.

“It’s crucial we enable more young people to make, learn and earn in music, whatever their background or goal. That’s why we’re proud to invest in AYM who are leading the way in equalising access to music by putting young people’s voices and their musical progression front and centre. We look forward to seeing their great partnership with the 10 Ambassador Music Hubs reaching increasing numbers of young people, backed by our long-term support.”

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music CEO

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