NYMAZ believes that all children and young people should have access to high quality music making opportunities, no matter their circumstances or geographic location. We also believe that music can change young people’s lives – raising aspirations, enabling personal and social development and of course bringing fun and enjoyment through creative expression.
Working to develop non-formal, inclusive music activities with children in North Yorkshire for many years, NYMAZ’s work and the way it is delivered has always been characterised by the rural nature of the county. Limited transport options curtail young people’s access to music opportunities and the travel costs for specialist music leaders going to isolated areas can be prohibitive.
Our campaigns combine our specialist experience of working in rurally isolated areas with research findings to advocate for the benefits of participatory music, to call for better support for rural music provision and to test out new approaches for delivery using online technology.
In this section you can read more about our current campaigns: Gone in the Air, Play Far Away Day and Connect: Resound.