Think up a new name for the East Lothian Youth Music Forum!

East Lothian Council is calling on children and young people to think up a new name for the East Lothian Youth Music Forum.

Those aged 0 – 25 are offered a prize of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers to help rebrand the Forum. They are invited to become involved, having a say in what it’s called and how it looks by suggesting new names and even designing a logo – on paper or with a computer.

 The East Lothian Youth Music Forum was set up in 2007 with the key objective of supporting and encouraging music activities in East Lothian’s schools and in the wider community for those aged 0 – 25. Iain Bruce, East Lothian Strategic Music Partnership Coordinator, says ‘We want the Forum and related activities to be easily identifiable by children and young people. We’ve got lots of ideas for regenerating the Youth Music Forum and we’re looking forward to having young people contribute, starting with giving it a name. The views and aspirations of children and young people are of course vital to the Forum and we welcome and value their input.’

Ruth Currie, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, says ‘The Youth Music Forum aims to establish and develop an interest in music in children and young people. The forum’s activities help them to have fun and become more confident, as well as promoting skills and talent in all aspects of music. I’m delighted to support this initiative and to support young people’s involvement in music.’ Iain says ‘Having Councillor Ruth Currie on board is fantastic. Her passion and enthusiasm for children’s causes are well known and we hope that her involvement will raise the profile of all the good work going on in this area, and widen participation.’

 Due to the amount of interest from young people, the deadline had been extended from Friday 3 December to Friday 10 December. The competition is open to anyone aged under 25. Entries should be sent to Iain Bruce, Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA. Email: Entrants should make sure to include their contact details. For all media inquiries, please contact Rebecca King. 

Issued by:
Rebecca King, Marketing Assistant
East Lothian Arts Service
Brunton Hall
Musselburgh EH21 6AF
Tel: 0131 653 5243

Read more about the Youth Music Forum

East Lothian Youth Music Forum

The East Lothian Youth Music Forum was established in 2007, and meets approximately 4 times a year, with the aim of bringing together partners to develop a strategic approach to youth music provision across the county.

The Forum is open-access, and has representatives from the formal and informal music sectors, from local authority services areas ( e.g. Arts, Education, Community Learning and Development) and external music providers ( e.g. The Bridge Centre music Project, Bridges Project, Uprising East Lothian, Digger Event Services ).

There are currently a wide range of high quality music activities for young people in East Lothian and the Youth Music Forum is building upon the excellent work that has been undertaken while supporting further key developments.

The Youth Music Forum has enabled networking between those working in the formal ( school based ) and informal ( outwith school )  sectors,  local organisations, voluntary groups ( e.g. choirs, church groups, pipe bands, musical societies and local festivals) and the private sector ( e.g. recording studios, local schools of music, private nurseries etc).

The Forum received funding from the Scottish Arts Council to undertake important research into youth music provision throughout the county. The research conducted by an independent consultant and funded through the YMI initiative highlighted strengths in the current music provision while at the same time identifying areas for development and new Forum partners.

The Forum has identified that there is a need to develop a strategic approach to ensure relevance, equality of provision and sustainability.

The aims of the Youth Music Forum are:

A supportive network for youth music activity to link up existing provision;

Promotion of showcase events at local, national and international levels;

  • Improved access to music tuition, activities and facilities; 
  • Greater community involvement opportunities;
  • Links and pathways between schools, colleges, community based activities and the professional music sector;
  • Shared expertise and resources to benefit all;
  • Increased numbers of young people accessing and enjoying music
  • A means of informing the direction of the Strategic Music Partnership 

The Forum is at a key stage, and ideally placed to feed in to the Strategic Music Partnership in order to create a vibrant, relevant and youth focused programme to enable East Lothian’s young established, emerging and aspiring musicians to thrive.

By David Gilmour

Learning Technologist East Lothian Council