New Youth Music programme by Young Creatives!

YMCA Digital, based at NGY MyPlace in Nottingham, is pleased to announce their team will be delivering a new programme to support young people to develop skills in the creative arts.

The programme will provide three 2-hour specialist open-sessions per week during school term time for 30 months.

YMCA Digital’s trained team will focus on different elements of music making including instrument tuition, recording and production, DJing and song writing, encouraging 125 local young people to access high-quality music provision and develop emotionally, socially and musically and contribute positively to their communities.

Qualified, specialist, music practitioners will lead sessions alongside volunteer Music Leader trainees and skilled adult musicians, through sessions held at NGY, ensuring accessibility to young people from across the city. NGY is Nottingham’s flagship MyPlace youth facility with industry-standard music studios, providing practice space and high-spec recording facilities.

This second stage application has been designed through consultation with the attendees of the current programme, coupled with the revised budget and with the experience of delivering the sessions on the Young Creatives programme. Sessions have evolved ensuring that new young musicians receive high quality music provision meeting their needs and aspirations.

The new programme has 4 sessions per week, including:


Monday – Beatknots 4-6PM at NGY MYPLACE

Building a community of young beat writers and music producers working alongside industry professionals Trekkah Benjamin and Gaz Frost (Congi)

Music tech, electronic music making, Studio Engineering, Mixing and Mastering

Wednesday – (aged 18-25) 1-3PM at NGY MYPLACE

A session dedicated to working homeless, unemployed and rough sleeping young people aged 18-25. We work on a range on music making activities from Music Production, Song writing, Instrument Tuition and Recording. The project is ran in partnership with the Bridges Community Trust that offer Apprenticeships, CV building and Job Searching.

Friday –  Instrumentals 4-6pm at NGY MYPLACE

This session focuses on music performance and instrumental tuition. Working with industry professional young people get the access to free instrument tuition in vocals, guitar, piano and drums. On a weekly basis young people are pushed towards working with other young participants jamming, song-writing and working on their music performance. With Instrumental tuition being hard to access for a lot of young people this is an amazing opportunity to work with quality music leaders and learn an instrument for FREE.

Friday – Mansfield Hostel Session 3-5pm at Real Education

This session in a closed session for hostel residents from the YMCA Hostel in Mansfield. Woking with practitioners young residents from the hostel will be looking at singing, song-writing, music recording and production.


All of the Youth Music sessions are delivered alongside Arts Awards, which offer participants the opportunity to take part in an accreditation from Discover all the way through to ‘Gold’ level. In addition to this, there will also be monthly ‘open-mic’ sessions to be held in the city, and regular bespoke session lead by prominent local artists.

To register interest, please email: studio@nottsymca.org.


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