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Citizens' Assembly

Are you aged 16-25, and based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales?

Become a part of a community shaping the future of music policy.  

What is the Citizens' Assembly for Music?

The Citizens’ Assembly exists to empower young people to lead their future in music.

Through an annual event, it provides a platform to cultivate leadership skills by debating and recommending solutions to key music industry leaders.  

Roles available: 

  • Co-create the citizens assembly  
  • Contribute as audience members to debate and provide recommended solutions 
  • Creative Careers: work as front of house, compere (robing mics/hosting with the facilitator), be on the panel  

How do I get involved?

The Citizens’ Assembly will take place on Friday 5th July 2024 (10am – 2pm) in the Justham Howe Room - B:Music, Birmingham.  

Get involved and have your say on how the event runs, what is discussed and who is invited to speak at the event. Attend our steering group on 8th March (online) and help shape the citizens' assembly.  

Why your contribution matters: 

  • You will contribute directly to the future of music opportunities in the UK  
  • The results will be published, with your contribution recorded 
  • Participants will be given a bursary for travel/subsistence 

A Youth Manifesto for the Future of Music

The Young People’s Citizens Assembly for Music is a democratic approach to ensure that young people influence the future of music within the UK. The assembly took place on Friday 7th July 2023 at B:Music in Birmingham.  

Over 40 young people from across the UK attended and gave key recommendations that are recorded within the written manifesto. The next phase includes sharing these key findings with government and industry stakeholders.  

The assembly was hosted by Music for Youth, in collaboration with More Music, Lancashire and Tri Borough Music Hubs. 

We would like to thank all our panellists; Hannah Fouracre (Director of Music Education at Arts Council) Chris Procter (Head of Programme at B:Music) and Bridget Whyte (CEO at Music Mark) responded to some of the key issues addressed in the Assembly. And we would like to thank all the young people who contributed towards the creation of this Manifesto, in hopes that sustainable opportunities and avenues within music will be created.  

We are delighted to host the next iteration of the Citizens Assembly at the National Festival in 2024, with additional partners Music Mark and Sound Connections. 


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