Music Potential Legacy Sessions

On the 28th & 29th of September 2018, Beat Bazaar delivered a 2-day interactive event at STUN Theatre, Z Arts, Manchester. The event was entitled the Music Potential Legacy Sessions and offered a comprehensive short course for young creatives aged 18-27 on the theme of self-employment and launching a freelance career, featuring 60 - 90 minute sessions including panel discussions,
workshops, advice sessions and networking opportunities.

Day 1 incorporated the following elements, taking place from 10AM-5PM
• Panel discussion with inspiring creative entrepreneurs, sharing their career and business journeys to date
• Small group work with panelists, offering participants further opportunities to ask questions as well as pitch their own business ideas and gain feedback
• A networking lunch
• Learning about different business structures, with a particular focus on freelancing and understanding the key skills required such as self-motivation, time-keeping and managing relationships
• Learning how to write and present a business plan (practical activity with guidance)

Day 2 incorporated the following element taking place from 10AM-5PM:
• Learning how to create and manage a budget effectively (group work including
forecasting and explanation around cashflow)
• Learning about important processes, for example, policies and procedures related to DBS, tax and public liability insurance (this session will be led by a creative industries accountant / tax adviser)
• A networking lunch
• Panel discussion with inspiring creative entrepreneurs, with a focus on how to secure funding and available funding options
• Learning how to complete a funding bid (practical activity with guidance)

Participants
The event was attended by 31 participants, majority of whom were from Manchester. 9 participants came from the other Music Potential cities London, Birmingham and Belfast. 9 participants were not Music Potential Alumni.

Outcomes

Capital XTRA’S Music Potential

Capital XTRA’S Music Potential was a national music focused training programme, that worked with NEET young people aged 18-25 to improve their skills, develop talent and enhance employability through the hook of music. Working with the best musicindustry professionals the programme offered unique opportunities through creative workshops, work experience, one to one mentoring, performance opportunities and supported young people to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Championed by Global Radio’s Capital XTRA brand, young people were empowered to unleash their potential through engagement with Capital XTRA presenters and Artist/Music Industry Ambassadors. Capital XTRA’S Music Potential operated as part of The Big Music Project and is funded by The Big Lottery Fund. Beat Bazaar was the Manchester delivery partner.

Future Sounds

Future Sounds offered hands on activities in music and creative arts, focusing on improving employability by strengthening digital and creative skills of young people aged 15-25. Participants were able to fine-tune and utilise their creative skills, artistic skills and musical skills using professional industry standard work spaces. The project offered positive peer influences. All workshops were led by successful local creatives, artists & DJs, who are also highly skilled community leaders.

Participants developed their own original songs, recordings, videos from scratch and performed them to their local community. The project empowered young people by enabling them to spread positive messages in their communities via their own creative and musical works. They also had the opportunity to find out about jobs in the creative and music industries. The project improved their basic key competences: personal skills, social skills, communication skills, writing skills, listening skills, technical Skills, digital skills. Through inbuilt discussions, lyric writing and debates the project also challenged risky behaviour and helped change antisocial attitudes.

Rhythm of our thoughts

Summary

The ”ROOTS: Rhythm Of Our Thoughts”–training course on exploring and practicing education through music with special focus on visual arts and web design as positive non–formal educational tools for empowerment, participation, intercultural communication and European citizenship of marginalised young people was held in Manchester, United Kingdom on the 17-25 June 2018. The training course was based on the methodology of non – formal education. It was based on the needs of the participants and provided space for participants to share and explore the themes of the training course. Experienced trainers prepared the methods based on the expectations and needs of the participants. They provided participatory and innovative methods using music as an educational tool with special focus on visual arts and web design, which ensured the participation of experienced and less experienced participants and gave the opportunity to experience the methods through practice. Some implemented methods included: individual, pair and mixed group work, musical collaborations, drawings, montage, group discussions, brainstorming, role play, dancing, singing, playing instruments, painting, sculpture, photography, songwriting and composition, video, filming, visits to good practice projects, ideas and project development, etc.

In line with the objectives of European Youth Strategy, we provided specialist training in culture for youth workers in order to support the development of creativity amongst marginalised young people by education through music and visual arts. We widened access to culture and creativity tools both inside and outside school as sharing and experiencing non – formal educational methods, tools and techniques of music and visual arts. We used new technology as web design to promote interest in culture as music and visual arts. During our project we encouraged joined-up policy making (e.g. education, health, social inclusion, media, employment etc.) to promote creativity with special focus on empowerment, participation and intercultural communication of marginalised young people within youth work activities. As youth workers, teachers, social workers, NGO workers, musicians, we believe that creativity and culture can be an attractive way of involvement of marginalised young people into non – formal educational activities and through their interest and hobbies, giving them opportunity for personal, professional and social development.

We hosted 43 youth workers, youth leaders who directly work with marginalised young people e.g. immigrants, Roma young people, rural youth, disabled, etc.; who are aged 18+ and have an interest and motivation to work with creative and innovative non – formal educational methods and tools such as music, visual arts and web design; and are open to becoming members of an international platform and work on international youth projects by using education through music combined with visual arts and web design.

The main results of our project included: Original Music created by the participants and performed on the main stage of a local arts and culture festival - Gobe Fest in the centre of Manchester and a Cultural Exhibition, a ROOTS Manual and a DVD on non-formal educational methods using music and visual arts as tools to support empowerment, active participation, and intercultural communication of marginalised young people. 18 project ideas were developed by the participants of the project and the learning outcomes of our participants.

International Bridge Builders

Summary

Our project “International Bridge Builders” was a long-term training course, taking place from October 2017 until December 2018.

The overall aim of the training course was to train youth workers, youth leaders on being able to raise awareness and develop attitudes in connection with cultural diversity, to develop understanding and skills towards using non-formal methods within youth work activities on a local, regional and international level. The project focused on respecting cultural diversity and cross community cooperation all over Europe, Caucasus, EECA and Western Balkan and even wider area. It aimed to build a network among EU countries with youth leaders and youth workers who establish and implement youth projects with an emphasis on cultural diversity at a local and regional level and to cooperate together on an international level. During the IBB project we hosted a total number of 29 participants who work with young people who come from under-privileged living conditions.

The project had three phases:
Phase I: Training course in Manchester, United Kingdom 17-26 February 2018. It focused to establish the fundamental base for common long-term cooperation among partners; to develop competences of participants with special focus on attitude and knowledge, to make twinning as support system between participants for practice phase in order to strengthen partnership building, to set up the e-support through E-learning platform, to initiate the local youth campaigns and activities and European youth projects.
Phase II: Practice period March 2018 – July 2018 with the activities developed by participants on fighting against radicalisation of young people and celebrating cultural diversity, supporting eachother via in an E-learning process. It focused on twin support between participants, building a network among partners, and publishing the NFL methodology of the local campaigns and youth activities.
By the end of the practice period, local research was carried out in order to assess the impact of the TC and make suggestions for improvement in the seminar.
Phase III: 2nd Evaluation seminar in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania 18-25 August 2018. It focused on defining the roles and tasks of culturally diverse multipliers, improving mostly skills of participants: solving problems which were impossible to make through E-learning support, finalising the IBB Manual, the culturally diverse manual and to create the sustainability of the project’s results.

Main results of our project:
IBB Manual - with 5 creative and innovative non-formal methods to train youth workers, youth leaders on being able to raise awareness and develop attitudes towards cultural diversity
Photos and videos
Learning outcomes of our participants
Local youth work activities realised during the practice phase
7 future project ideas, which were developed further and will be submitted for the next deadlines in the partnership of the promoters of our project

Service vs. Learning

Our consortium represents youth organisations from a wide geographical sphere, however our profiles are similar. We all directly work with young people in general and unemployed young people specifically who have diverse backgrounds as being Roma, migrants, rural youth, early school leavers. We all the time work together with mixed groups of young people in order to support social integration of disadvantaged young people. We organise voluntary activities for group of young people or individuals based on their interests and needs in order to develop their social competences as empathy, tolerance, communication skills, raising their self-esteem and self-confidence, support their emotional intelligence. Besides these, during voluntary activities, young people can improve their transversal skills which can be useful for entering the labour market and fighting against youth unemployment. On the other hand, in our local communities there is a need for support and integration of diverse subcultural groups within voluntary activities. Our mission was to initiate such type of voluntary activities which can be beneficial for all members of our local communities as for young people and volunteers and different subgroups and individuals who need to get support and integration through our voluntary activities. By our project we wanted to foster the quality and quantity of the grass roots youth voluntary work and volunteer management among young people and our youth workers and youth leaders in order to be able to act as professional leaders of these activities. The overall aim we have set up by our Consortium was: To train youth leaders on volunteer management along The renewed framework for EU cooperation in the youth field according to the EU Commission and Youth work portfolio made by Council of EU. To learn self–assessment as youth leaders, exploring own personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and how they could become competent leaders of their volunteers. To improve their leadership on preparing, implementing and evaluating voluntary youth projects. We hosted in total 35 participants who are directly working with young people in general and unemployed young people specifically who have diverse backgrounds as being Roma, migrants, rural youth, early school leavers from Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Moldova, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and United Kingdom. „Service vs. Learning” was a training course on personal and professional development of volunteer groups through non formal education which was held betwen 28 September–6 October 2018 in Manchester, UK. The training course was based on non formal education. During the project we used several non-formal educational methods, tools and manuals published by Council of EU and EU Commission; The renewed framework for EU cooperation in the youth field and YIA programme and Youthpass within E+. The TC was built on the needs and expectations of our participants, so it was absolutely learner centred. During our TC, we improved the leadership competences, communication skills, management and organisational skills and self–esteem as attitude of our participants. Methods applied were self–assessment, theoretical and practical background, working in small groups, pairs, national and mixed groups, role plays, group building activities, research, creative and interactive methods.

Some of the results: DVD for promoters and participants was made in order to finalise their Youthpass learning processes and strengthen our partnership. It includes: Personal and professional learning aims. Organisational lands representing youth organisations. Learningnoms with learning outcomes of participants. Project ideas based on the needs of young people and local communities. Personal action plan for further professional developments. Organisational action plan for capacity building of partner organisations. Photos, videos and short movies about the local volunteering activities and about the training course. Personal and organisational plan to disseminate and exploit the results of the training course. Self – assessment part of Youthpass certificate. The results of the evaluation questionnaires. Service vs. Learning Manual was made for participants, promoters as targeting youth workers, youth leaders and decision –makers in youth field: This includes: Tips and hints how Voluntary activities and Social inclusion of The renewed framework for EU cooperation in the youth field can be adapted into local and EU youth work context based on the possibilities of participants. Thoughts why voluntary activities are beneficial for young people and the members of the local communities. Scripts and photos of the grass roots small voluntary activities.

Here to stay

Project overview

The international training course focused focused on two main issues:
- The immigration related issues in connection to the refugee crisis and discrimination towards immigrants and
- Emigration of young people in connection to youth unemployment.

Our training course brought together youth workers from across EU (Romania, Hungary, Italy, Greece and United Kingdom), Western Balkan (Serbia) and Eastern Partnership Countries (Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia) to discuss the topics of migration and mobility in Europe and its consequences to youth and youth work. Each country has specific experience of the topics, and this was shared throughout the course.

Project Goals

According to International Organization for Migration (IOM) more than million immigrants came to Europe from outside. Additionally there is even bigger migration going on inside Europe, which is constantly increasing. There are different triggers and causes, push and pull factors for migration which affects everyday life of all Europeans. There is forced migration and voluntary migration, different reasons and consequences of migration which have led to new migration routes. All Europe is affected by migration, and especially young people, who are one of the most mobile groups and the ones who determine how the future Europe will look like. For this it’s important that people working with young people would be aware of the causes, opportunities and consequences of migration and could support both – young emigrants and immigrants, refugees by creating opportunities, fighting discrimination and providing support these young people need. Our consortium has initiated a local research regarding to explore the needs for our project within our local communities. We have made a research with local governments through personal meetings, statistics of young people and families left from the towns, number of migrants and refugees has arrived, challenges they face with…Then we have organised community events with youth workers, teachers, social workers, etc. through focus groups discussions and online questionnaires and addressed and assessed the needs of young migrants, immigrants and refugees, kids who lost their family members because of emigration, or just came home from other countries they lived a longer time or even was born. And of course, we have done a research among young people we work with e.g. local young people with migrant background, or local young people just came home from other countries, etc. through questionnaires and discussion through workshops e.g. challenges they face with, etc. All results were uploaded in our common closed Facebook group and we could compare and assess the hottest issues we need to tackle within our youth work activities.

We hosted 89 participants in the 2 projects and all were youth work practitioners: youth workers, cultural ‘animators’ working with youth and youth support workers. Their target groups are rural youth, unemployed young people, minority members, young refugees and migrants.

“Here To Stay 1st Training course - 20-29 April 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom
“Here To Stay 2nd Training course - 10-17 November 2018, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania

The following methods were used during our mobilities: cooperative learning, experiential learning, montage, theatre of oppressed, creating a jigsaw, working in national teams, in mixed teams, individual and pair work etc.

Results & outcomes

25
people gained an Arts Award Qualification
44
people achieved a European youth Pass qualification
10
participated countried
100
artists contributed to this project