Who we are
AYMF sits under the umbrella of 57 North and is managed by Station House Media Unit (SHMU). The project includes a Forum Coordinator, Heather Evans, who works part-time in SHMU’s building.
What we do
The Aberdeen Youth Music Forum is made up of 3 layers:
- The young people who take part or want to take part in music activity in the area
- The people who work to deliver music activities with and for those young people
- The organisations that underpin music opportunities for young people in the Aberdeen area.
We’d like young people to form a Young People’s Music Network, beginning with a broad survey on what our priorities should be. The results of our ongoing conversations with young people will shape and inform the discussions with organisations and practitioners.
We are always keen to make more connections with people who deliver youth music activities, to create opportunities to share practice and network, and to identify professional development needs and ways to meet those needs in the future, for example through joint funding applications.
AYMF also works strategically with a range of other partner organisations, to support and guide our work and to ensure that young people's ideas and aspirations reach those who can shape future provision in Aberdeen.
How you can join in
Our thanks go to everyone who plays a role in making the forum happen and in helping us to ensure that we are building our plans and priorities informed by those making music in Aberdeen.
If you are a young person interested in making music or if you work to deliver music activities with young people in the area, get in touch and let us know what you think. Aged under 25 and interested in music? Fill in our survey (and prize draw) here!
If you’d like to know more about how you can get involved, share your views and shape the plans we make for future funding applications and projects you can contact the Forum Coordinator here.
Watch this space
With the funding we have, we plan to find out much more from young people, both online and in-person, including the opportunity to come together at events to imagine the music opportunities they would like to see in the future.
We also plan to organise professional development events and opportunities for freelance practitioners to share their successes and connect with others. Do you deliver Youth Music in Aberdeen and the North East? Join the conversation here.
Our strategic advisory group also meets quarterly to reflect on our findings, keep our actions on track and help to connect us with other key resources and initiatives that make up the Aberdeen music scene.
Who else is involved
So far, these organisations have contributed in a number of ways – attending advisory group meetings, supporting consultation activities, and circulating information and more:
- Aberdeen City Council – Schools, Instrumental Music Service and Cultural Strategy sections
- Aberdeen Festivals Collective
- Aberdeen International Youth Festival
- Aberdeen Performing Arts – (The Lemon Tree, The Music Hall & His Majesty’s Theatre)
- Fersands & Fountain Community Project
- North East Scotland College
- Scottish Culture & Traditions (SC&T)
- Sound Festival
- Stonehaven Folk Festival
- The Anatomy Rooms
- University of Aberdeen – Education & Community Music programme
- Youth Arts Collective North East (YACNE)
- SHMU & 57 North