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Youth Music to Live-Stream 'Fresh Thinking' Education Seminar

22 July 2013

New Youth Music Ambassador Bill Bailey
New Youth Music Ambassador Bill Bailey

The National Foundation for Youth Music will be live-streaming a breakfast seminar this Wednesday 24 July at 8.45am, looking at the new ways young people engage with music and the implications this has for music education.

Perspectives will by provided by three key speakers: music journalist and radio presenter Pete Paphides, music strategist Chris Price, and Radio 1 presenter Jen Long. They will discuss latest developments in the music industry, and how this has affected young people as music-makers, listeners and consumers. This will lead to a conversation on the wider implications for music education, led by Youth Music's Executive Director Matt Griffiths.

The seminar will be chaired by Andy Parfitt, Youth Music Chair of Trustees and former Controller of BBC Radio 1. Viewers can watch the seminar live online from Youth Music's YouTube channel, and live listeners are invited to tweet in questions for the panel using the hashtag #ymseminar.

This seminar is part of Youth Music's new agenda following its rebranding last week. Youth Music is aiming to provide fresh thinking on music education issues, drawn from its extensive experience working with hundreds of thousands of young people over the years.

In line with this aim, Youth Music announced today that stand-up comedian Bill Bailey is to join the ranks of its Ambassadors. Alongside fellow Ambassadors Myleene Klass, Goldie and Sir James Galway (amongst others), Bailey will help the national charity to provide life-changing musical opportunities for young people. 

Youth Music's concern about the low level of participation in school music qualifications is something that Bill Bailey strongly identifies with. He said: 'Sadly, I was the only kid in my year to take an A level in music and it’s unfortunate that interest in music as a school subject is so low. I know this is something Youth Music cares about and I’m glad. I think it’s important that children feel encouraged to take music as a subject at school, it’s very rewarding.'

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