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Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the Yorkshire Youth & Music bulletin!

We heard, courtesy of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, that September is the 100th year anniversary of The Flying Squad. This elite team of savvy police officers was originally formed to combat serious crime and, along with foiling some of the most notorious potential heists in UK history, were the basis for 70s hit TV series, The Sweeney (do you remember it, folks?).

The Police often get a bad rep (but we certainly wouldn't dream of fighting them), so all the more reason for us to want to show our appreciation for the boys and girls in blue and all that they do, this month:

A message in a bottle is definitely one way to send us your news, but you can also get in touch via facebook, twitter or (and it's a bit faster).

All the best,


Helping out the old bill on behalf of the team at Yorkshire Youth and Music

This month's resources

News and useful articles

In Autumn 2019, Arts Council England will publish a new strategy for 2020 - 30, setting out its mission, vision and ambition for the next ten years. The next ten years: The Conversation was a wide-reaching engagement programme to get as many views as possible from across the country in order to shape ACE's new strategy. Here is the report.

  • Bacc for the Future, the Cultural Learning Alliance and What Next? have collectively launched a new advocacy toolkit designed to inspire action against the downward trend of the arts in schools - the toolkit is called Arts in Schools
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Yorkshire Youth & Music News

YY&M's director, Gail Dudson, has handed in her final dissertation - completed as part of her MA in Music Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Gail has been busy completing her MA alongside heading up YY&M's projects, and felt that our work in Singing and Signing would be the ideal research topic for her final essay. Gail's findings are fascinating and you can read a small portion of her research on the YY&M website.

Full details of YY&M's Great Singing, Great Signing project can be found here.
The Singing & Signing Space
In honour of our continuing work with Deaf and Hearing Impaired (DHI) children, we are sharing our resources with you for FREE, one per month for the next 12 months, in our Singing & Signing Space.

This is the seventh instalment of our resource videos for singing and signing with YOUR choir...

Signed by our Great Singing, Great Signing facilitator, Paul Whittaker OBE, this month's offering is none other than Bob Marley's Three Little Birds.

My informant, a little bird, told me that it's brilliant!

Yorkshire Youth and Music training
YY&M's training takes place in direct connection with the needs of our projects

If you would like to access training in music education with children in challenging circumstances, we might be able to help.

Please take a look at our current projects for the types of work we're doing and the young people we're working with now. And feel free to contact us if you want to get involved!

Training in Yorkshire

Arts Award training

Discover & Explore
25th September in York (advisor)
Bronze & Silver
17th October in Leeds (advisor)
22nd November in Leeds (advisor)

Pre-school Learning Alliance
Early Years Conference - punished by rewards?

A close and fascinating look at carrots and sticks with Penny Vine, National Education Consultant

Saturday 29th September, 9.15am to 3.15pm at Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (Heart), Bennet Road, Leeds LS6 3HN

To book a place email or Tel 01924 460930
NYMAZ: Early Years Song Share
Thursday 13th September, 5 - 7pm in Thirsk

A chance to participate in a Early Years singing Workshop and learn some new repertoire with a member of NYMAZ's Early Years Steering Group, and share your own repertoire with other professionals.
IVE: Arts Award Primary Themed Network Meeting
Monday 17th September, 4.30 - 6pm in Hull
This network meeting is for Arts Award advisers who are delivering, or planning to deliver, to Primary school aged children
IVE: Arts Award Secondary Themed Network Meeting
Monday 19th November, 4.30 - 6pm in Leeds
This network meeting is for Arts Award advisers who are delivering, or planning to deliver, to Secondary school aged children
Training further away...
Artswork Essentials: Prevent
Tuesday 25th September, 10am - 4.15pm in London
This one-day course offers essential enhanced safeguarding training for anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people. It includes a full update on the Prevent Duty and the part that you play in its delivery
PRS Foundation Talent Development Conference
Thursday 4th October, 10.30am - 5pm in Wales
A fresh look at the issues faced by music creators at the start of their careers and the help which is currently available from some of the UK’s most innovative music organisations
Music and Drama Education Expo 2018
11th October in Manchester
A one day CPD event for everyone in the performing arts education sector.
Artswork: Embedding Safeguarding Practice
Tuesday 16th October, 10am - 4.15pm in Birmingham
Designed for those responsible for overseeing safeguarding practice in their organisation at a strategic level, this course focuses on a whole team approach to embedding safe practice across creative, cultural and heritage sectors
Training, Events and News for Young People

Please pass on the following opportunities to any young people aspiring to play / work in the music / music education sector
Are you interested in performing at the next Child Friendly Leeds Awards?
Child Friendly Leeds is looking for exciting young acts that can showcase the best of the city’s talent to perform at the 6th annual Child Friendly Leeds Awards on Thursday 7th February 2019 at City Varieties. They are looking for individuals or groups who have a talent for entertaining: it could be singing, playing an instrument, dancing, spoken word, drama, comedy or magic.
  • Performers should be aged 8 – 25 years old and must have parental consent if aged under 18
  • Performers must be available on Thursday 7th February 2019 (the day of the awards) from 4pm until the end of the awards at 9pm
  • Performers should already have some experience of performing in front of a large audience
  • Performers will need to provide their own props, costumes, music and other resources necessary for their act
If you’re interested in applying, please request a booking form and return it with photos and a short video clip of your act before the deadline of 10am on Wednesday 26th September 2018. 

If you’d like more information, please call 0113 378 3577 for a chat or email 
Submissions are still open for OPUS2018. Any unpublished composer based in the UK is eligible to apply and the deadline is Friday 19th October at 5pm.
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Members of the police force are proving themselves to be a talented and supportive bunch as these viral videos can attest (one here and another here)...

...makes you feel a little bit better about the world, folks!
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