Working with young people

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This guidance summarises the changes in relation to child safeguarding legislation made in 2012 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The millennial gap: Tips for recruiting younger members

Struggling to recruit younger members? In this guidance, reprinted from the Autumn 2016 issue of Highnotes, Making Music’s Youth Engagement Manager Xenia Davis has some suggestions.

The biggest barrier to young people joining music groups isn’t repertoire, or classical music being perceived as ‘stuffy’, or the age profile of the group.

Information and advice event (Newcastle):Growing your membership (with a focus on under 35s)

Come along and find out more about the research we’ve done, and how you can use it to help your group reach more young people.

We'll talk about:

Location

Newcastle (venue TBC)
United Kingdom

Website health check – is yours in shape?

Your group's website may have been up and running for some time, or maybe you're looking at creating a new website. Either way it's always a good idea to step back and see whether it's still working well. Here are a few pointers from our youth volunteers to think about.

Social media content: the rule of thirds

Our youth volunteers have been taking a look at member groups' social media to see how they measure up when it comes to engaging young people. Here are some tips they passed on to us that you might find useful.
 

Posting on social media can be overwhelming and leave one feeling like Alice down the rabbit hole. What to post, when, how often, how much of other people's content should you engage with? A simple tactic to keep you on track is to follow the rule of thirds: promote, share, interact. After all, three is the magic number! 

Safeguarding training course

We have teamed up with the Child Protection Company to develop an online safeguarding course designed specifically for leisure-time music groups, available to Making Music members at a discounted rate.

About the course

The course covers safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults, and will give individuals who lead groups an excellent understanding of their responsibilities, helping to make their group a safe environment for all.

Course features:

Youth engagement resources

Many music groups tell us they find it challenging to attract younger members. With the help of a generous legacy from lifelong choral singer Pauline Thompson, we have been able to compile a bank of resources aimed at helping you to reach out to under-35 year olds.

We'll continue to add to these resources, but in the meantime if you think we're missing something that would be helpful for groups like yours, or if you have any questions,  just get in touch

Safeguarding

When it comes to a broad topic like safeguarding it can be difficult to know where to start. To help we've produced a range of resources (including a template policy) and can help arrange DBS checks for you. We'll continue to add to these, but in the meantime if you think we're missing something that would be helpful for groups like yours, do please let us know.

PDGYA presentation concert and Making Music AGM

Our annual presentation concert by the winners of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists (PDGYA) is a brilliant chance to see some of our best young musical talent perform live. The 2018 winners are: 

Location

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
WC1R 4RL London
United Kingdom

Working with Music Education Hubs

There is a well documented drop off in young people’s involvement in music making aged 18 when they leave the formal education system. Collaborations with Music Education Hubs could be one way to prevent some of this drop off.