09 Feb 2023

Gone in the Air – Recruiting Consultant for New Report

We’re looking for a consultant to research and write a follow-up to NYMAZ’s Gone in the Air report.

Gone in the Air is NYMAZ’s campaign to improve out-of-school music education so that children in rural England have equal life chances.

Fee - 8 days at £400 per day plus travel expenses
Timescale - To deliver a first draft report by July 2023, with published report by October 2023
Closing date - 10am, 8 March 2023
Outputs - A full research report and summary report, written in collaboration with NYMAZ Director, Sarah McWatt.
To apply - Please send us a one page summary on how you propose to deliver the brief, along with a CV, to sarah@nymaz.org.uk

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.

In many rural areas, limited transport options curtail young people’s access to music opportunities, and the travel costs for specialist music leaders to visit isolated areas can be prohibitively expensive. Poor connectivity and access to broadband in rural areas means that digital access is not always possible.

These challenges impact many people across England’s rural communities. In 2015, our first Gone in the Air report shared experiences and expertise from across England. A lot has happened since then. The pandemic accelerated great changes in how we engage with and access opportunities. It also significantly impacted on transport provision across rural areas, and some bus and rail services have never been reinstated.

We are now looking to engage an experienced and dynamic consultant to work with us on delivering a follow up report, all about accessing music opportunities as a child or young person living in a rural location.

In the original research eight years ago, we investigated the challenges and looked at how to overcome the barriers to accessing music in rural areas. We made six calls to action. Now we want to measure progress against them, and consider the impact that the pandemic and our adjustment to life afterwards has had in improving access for children and young people, and impeding it.

We want to gather evidence from a variety of sources including young people, rural communities and organisations working the sector. We need to understand what works well and what needs to change.

You can read more about Gone in the Air at www.nymaz.org.uk/goneintheair


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