Formation of Angus Youth Music Forum

THE formation of an Angus Youth Music Forum is now within touching distance.

After months of planning, a meeting will take place in Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar next Wednesday evening at 7 pm to set up the Forum which aims to provide high quality music making programmes particularly for young people that would not normally access music activities; develop a cohesive national infrastructure for the youth music sector and support and develop the workforce.

Earlier in the year DD8 Music of Kirriemuir, a not for profit community organisation, was successful in securing £10,000 funding from Creative Scotland in order to set up the forum, and they are looking to elect a committee to oversee the forum.

They are looking for people and organisations involved in the formal and informal provision of music to the 0-25 age group in Angus to join the committee.

Graham Galloway, DD8 Music chairperson said: “This could be providers of youth music activities, agencies working with young people and young people themselves. The Forum will allow these groups to play an active role in the development of the youth music sector within Angus and will work in partnership with Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, which is responsible for £10 million of music related funding in Scotland every year.”

The forum will be a committed advocate of the YMI vision and aims. Forums serve the purpose of encouraging and promoting local joined up thinking in terms of music provision, pooling resources, consolidating provision and identifying ‘localised’ gaps. They will have a local impact but with a national resonance and they will contribute to the development of a cohesive national infrastructure for the youth music sector.

The YMI will be able to use the forums to test the ‘musical pulse’ of the youth music sector that in turn may inform the strategic development of new programmes and how Creative Scotland distributes resources in the future. The forum will also provide a strong consolidated base for future funding applications.

Those involved in the project would like one young person (under the age of 25) from each of the Angus towns to hold a seat on the committee, and would encourage anyone interested to go along to the meeting and put themselves forward.

The meeting will begin at 7 pm.