Job Ladder - Matt Griffiths

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21 Jun 2018

Matt Griffiths reveals how his career progressed from freelance percussionist to Chief Executive of Youth Music.

Primary schools lament decline in arts provision

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17 Jan 2019

A new report calls for an arts education premium for every primary school to address worsening lesson quality and offer opportunities for more cultural trips.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

In celebration of a continent

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10 Jan 2019

Kwame Bakoji-Hume explains how sharing knowledge of African culture through school workshops can shine a light on important contemporary issues.

Into the unknown

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10 Jan 2019

A touring exhibition in Hong Kong is encouraging young people to change the way they think about sustainability, writes Joego Chan.

Giving talent a fair hearing

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03 Jan 2019

What recruitment practices best support diversity? Damian Iorio explains how the National Youth String Orchestra makes sure it’s ability and not background that counts.

Letting youth lead the way

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03 Jan 2019

National Trust venues are engaging with new audiences by empowering young people to run events with local communities, says Hattie Clayton.

Multi-million-pound initiative to increase access to creative careers

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14 Dec 2018

Leading industry figures will be linked with schools and colleges to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the sector.

Unbottling the genie

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13 Dec 2018

What is the importance of creativity for young children? Ruth Churchill Dower explores the wide-ranging and ultimately limitless benefits of arts activity.

The improvisation experts

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13 Dec 2018

Why do some in the sector feel that babies and toddlers have little to offer as audiences or participants? On the contrary, says Charlotte Arculus, working with this group is never boring.

Taking baby steps into music

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13 Dec 2018

A non-verbal approach to music-making for the very youngest children offers a comfortable environment for new parents experiencing anxiety, as well as a joyful time for babies, says Hannah Baker.

The arts on a full tummy

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13 Dec 2018

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, based in an area of London with high levels of child poverty, has come to realise that providing low-cost hot meals can help it engage with local families. Tania Wilmer tells the story.

The devil's in the distance

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13 Dec 2018

The opportunities for very young children to experience the arts in rural Devon are few, as well as inconvenient and expensive. How can less culturally engaged families enjoy live performances, asks Amy Bere.

DCMS Minister: EBacc partly to blame for decline in music at GCSE

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07 Dec 2018

Digital Minister Margot James’s comments to a parliamentary inquiry are in marked contrast to previous comments from Government ministers.

MPs to assess ‘class ceiling’ in the arts

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30 Nov 2018

A new parliamentary inquiry will report on the barriers to social mobility and identify practical action that can be taken by charities and the Government to address them.

Trusting young people in care

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29 Nov 2018

Nathan Geering explains how a hip-hop dance production has helped give a voice to young people in the care system.

A vital contribution

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29 Nov 2018

Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story.

Is there a music education crisis?

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22 Nov 2018

Secondary schools have been subject to cutbacks in music education, but we shouldn't lose sight of the many recent successes and advances in this area, argues Carol Reid.

Measure breadth of curriculum to protect arts education, MPs urged

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16 Nov 2018

An acclaimed headteacher said that ringfenced funding for arts subjects will amount to ‘throwing money down the hole’ unless schools are also encouraged to value wider curriculums.

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