Media Release: Young people access music-making activities


YOUNG people across Scotland will enjoy access to high-quality music-making opportunities – thanks to £275,545 funding from the Youth Music Initiative (YMI).

Fourteen projects have been supported to give young people across the country access to tutoring in guitar, drums, keyboard, performing, singing, song writing, mentoring sessions, traditional fiddle classes and folk music academies out-with school time.

Raymond Black, Youth Music Initiative manager at Creative Scotland, commented: “Taking part in music-making activities not only enhances young people’s creative development, it also fosters a range of skills for life, learning and work, building communication skills, confidence and self-esteem.

“These awards will provide enjoyable high quality opportunities for young people from a range of backgrounds across Scotland to achieve their potential in or through music-making.”

A range of projects have been funded across the country from Aberdeen to the Highlands.

Glasgow Music Studios will deliver The Jam Project – a six-month music-making project for young people with additional support needs.

In Renfrewshire, Kibble Education and Care Centre will deliver weekly music sessions, Music Marvels, for pupils at Garnock Primary School: a specialist school for young people who are unable to participate in mainstream education; and regional folk music academies dedicated to collecting, learning and sharing the traditional music that exists locally in South Lanarkshire, Argyll and Bute and Aberdeen will be delivered by delivered by Gael Music.

Lynne Howard, director, Glasgow Music Studios, commented: “The Jam Project allows young people to access music and work with industry professionals to create their own songs and experience music making first hand.

“Young people will benefit from working with positive role models through mentoring sessions, working within a professional music recording studio environment, will build their confidence, make new friends and access positive creative experiences. We have designed a project to allow for access to music at all levels for young people from jam sessions to mentoring of bands.”

Gavin Sinclair, Kibble’s arts development officer, said: “The Music Marvels project is all about getting our pupils involved in music and storytelling, and for a lot of them it will be their first opportunity to take part in music-making. We’re a non-mainstream school for looked-after children, and our pupils often come from quite chaotic backgrounds.

“Creative projects like this have the potential to really engage the kids we work with, and are great for building their confidence and communication skills. We’re delighted that the Youth Music Initiative has made this possible.”

Colin Jones, chair, Gael Music, said: “This is an exciting project aimed at involving a range of young musicians in our traditional music sector at the local, regional and national level and a great opportunity for Gael Music to develop its unique approach to traditional music tuition.”


The YMI programme is administered by Creative Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government to create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 years out-with school time. Awards have been made to the following organisations:


Aberdeen City

Fersands and Fountain Community Project / Fersands Music Making Project

Station House Media Unit / The Jam Project

South Lanarkshire/ Glasgow City/ Aberdeen City

Gael Music / folk music academies

Argyll and Bute

Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop / Traditional Fiddle Classes


Kibble Education and Care Centre / Music Marvels

Dundee City

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland

Leisure and Culture Dundee / music workshops

City of Edinburgh

Tinderbox Project / The Frontiers Music Collective

Heavy Sound C.I.C.

Glasgow City

Children’s Classic Concerts / Magic and Monsters

Glasgow Music Studios

Doghouse Studios / Behind The Noise

The Green Door Studio Community Interest Company / Behind The Noise


Artsplay Highland / Music Matters

About the Youth Music Initiative

The YMI is a Scottish Government music education programme with a vision to put music at the heart of young peoples’ lives and learning, contributing to Scotland becoming an international leader in youth arts.

It was established in response to What’s Going On?, a national audit of youth music in Scotland. It currently supports in excess of 300 projects each year covering all musical genres, age groups and teaching methods. A recent retrospective and 2014-15 evaluation of the YMI can be found on Creative Scotland’s website.

Creative Scotland has three main aims for the YMI. It should:

* Create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 years, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate;

* Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music-making; and

* Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people.

The YMI has two distinct strands:

* School-based music-making – activities planned and delivered by local authorities. Local authorities apply to the YMI Formula Fund for this activity; and

* The ‘informal sector’ – activities planned and delivered out-with school time. There are two informal sector funding routes: Access to Music-Making and Strengthening Youth Music.

You will find the 2016-17 YMI Annual Programme Plan and further info about all YMI funding routes in the funding section of Creative Scotland’s website.

Media contact:

Eilidh Walker

Media relations and PR assistant

Creative Scotland


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