Evaluation of Youth Music Initiative

This report sets out findings from an evaluation of the Scottish Government Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme. The YMI is administered by Creative Scotland, and aims to put music at the heart of young people’s lives and learning. It was set up in 2003 and has an annual budget of £10 million.

This evaluation explored outcomes of the YMI, through 12 case studies involving discussion with young people and practitioners, survey responses from over 700 teachers and over 200 funded organisations, in depth interviews with over 30 funded organisations, and a review of reported outcomes through end of project forms submitted by funded projects.

From this, there is strong evidence from 2014/15 and over the past 12 years that YMI activity is supporting the learning and development of young people, both within the field of music and beyond.

Also see this press release about the publication of the report in October 2015.


YMI Evaluation Executive Summary

Executive summary of the findings from the retrospective and 2014-15 evaluation of the Scottish Government Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme.

YMI Evaluation Full Report

A full report with findings from the retrospective and 2014-15 evaluation of the Scottish Government Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme.

YMI Case Studies Summaries

A summary of the case studies featured in the Youth Music Initiative (YMI) 2014-15 report.

YMI Retrospective Evaluation Detailed Report

A Retrospective Evaluation of YMI looking back from 2003 to 2014.

YMI 2014-15 Evaluation Detailed Report with Case Studies

This report sets out findings from an evaluation of the Scottish Government Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme during 2014/15.

Appendix 4a Drake Music Scotland case study

Drake Music Scotland has been providing music classes and tuition to pupils with additional support needs. Three Drake Music Scotland Associate Musicians run the programme at four special schools, one primary school and one secondary school.

Appendix 4b East Renfrewshire Primary Music Programme case study

The Primary Music programme centres around Kodaly, a method of teaching musicianship that is used worldwide. The programme reaches all pupils from Primary 3 to Primary 7 in East Renfrewshire, including pupils with additional support needs at the local authority special school. By the time they reach Primary 7, almost (...)

Appendix 4c Traditional Music Making in Highland case study

The Traditional Music in Schools programme is one of four Youth Music Initiative programmes by Highland Council and provides 12 hours of traditional music and song to every primary school across the Highland Council region. Fèis Rois, an organisation specialising in traditional and Gaelic music, song and culture, deliver part (...)

Appendix 4d The Big Drum Adventure in Scottish Borders case study

Each year, The Big Drum Adventure works with around 300 pupils from P4 to P6 across six primary schools in Scottish Borders to encourage music making and participation.

Appendix 4e Young Music Makers in Edinburgh case study

The Young Music Makers project in Edinburgh provides music making opportunities in a specialist school for young people who are experiencing significant social, behavioural or educational difficulties and who cannot maintain a full-time place in mainstream education. Many are also looked after away from home or in kinship care.

Appendix 4f Bookbug in Orkney case study

Bookbug in Orkney aims to encourage parents and children to share books together from birth.

Appendix 4g Coco Music in Polmont case study

The Coco Music Project offers music provision to young men in custody through group work, individual sessions and master classes.

Appendix 4h Gorbals Youth Brass Band case study

The Gorbals Youth Brass Band brings brass tuition to inner city areas. Through the project, each child receives an instrument, joins weekly lessons and rehearsals, and can take part in competitions, masterclasses and concerts with the Band.

Appendix 4i Hot Chocolate case study

Hot Chocolate Trust is a youth work organisation which provides a safe space for young people aged 12 to 21 to make music together in Dundee city centre. This community of young people often face a wide range of challenges such as low educational attainment, bullying, unemployment, homelessness, mental health (...)

Appendix 4j Mull Music Makers case study

Mull Music Makers is a violin workshop on the Isle of Mull. Here, young people can learn musicianship skills, play the violin, take part in group music making and perform for an audience.

Appendix 4k Music Plus case study

Music Plus is a national mentoring programme for young people aged 14 to 19 run by the Scottish Music Centre. The project offers practical experience of working in the music industry with high quality one-to-one mentoring from professionals, experience days, events and peer-to-peer workshops.

Appendix 4l Edinburgh Youth Music Forum case study

Edinburgh Youth Music Forum provides a hub for music makers and music educators working with young people aged 0-25. Together they can develop skills and share their knowledge of music provision and education.