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Rising Futures: Participation Now! What’s Next?

Delivered in close partnership with Roundhouse, our Rising Futures: Participation Now! symposium was a groundbreaking day exploring ways that young people can be empowered in their own music-making.

We brought young leaders and adults from music organisations across London together for key discussions around participation. Participation doesn’t just mean ‘taking part’ – it’s about empowering young people to take a lead in shaping their own musical futures. We discussed ways that young people are already being put at the heart of their own music making, and ways that we can do even more in the future, collectively and as individuals.

At the event some adults working in the music sector pledged to:

  • “contact local venues and discuss the possibility of opening unused spaces up to young musicians.”
  • “explore ways to put young people more at the heart of our organisations’ decision making process.”
  • “trust our young people to shape the spaces in which they make music and take more ownership over the activities they do.” 

Some of the young leaders pledged to:

  • “be a voice for the young people in my organisation so that our needs are heard.”
  • “find out how I can be more actively engaged in the programmes offered at my organisation.”
  • “be a role model and mentor, and to help shape another young persons’ creative journey.”

This is just the beginning!

Watch this space for even more updates, including tools and resources to help you explore your own youth voice practices.

We want as many young people as possible in London to join the campaign and make a pledge: www.wired4music.co.uk/manifesto.

If you are an adult or organisation working with young people, click here to discover ways to engage with the manifesto.

The conversation has already started! Join in on Twitter @wired4music and use the official hashtag #W4MLDN

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