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Black History Month: Feature Pitches Wanted

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B!TEZ performing at the Youth Music NextGen Community event in Manchester / Photo: Alice Reid

Youth Music is looking for Black History Month feature pitches from young writers.

Are you a writer or budding journalist based in the UK and aged between 18-25 (up to 30 if d/Deaf or Disabled)? 

We are commissioning website features for Black History Month and want to hear from you!

What to pitch:

We are interested in fascinating, thoughtful Black History Month focused personal essays, cultural observation pieces, and stories with musical angles.

  • Do you have a moving or relatable experience about being a Black artist/creative?
  • Do you want to explore a piece of Black musical history?
  • Is there a Black artist you admire, or who has influenced you?

Send us your pitches!

How to pitch:

Please complete our short application form by answering the following questions:

  • Be specific but brief. In a paragraph, tell us exactly what it is you want to write about and why. Give us your focus, angle, or argument.
  • Share links or clippings of your previous writing work - this can be articles published on other platforms, relevant university/college essays, or personal blog posts. We just need to see your skill level and tone of voice.
  • Lastly - tell us a bit about you and why you would be best placed to write this feature.

Fee: £150 for a 1,000-word feature.

Deadline for pitches: 10am, Wednesday 20 September 2023.

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Last few things...

Youth Music is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining a diversity of candidates. To help us understand the extent to which we’re meeting this aim, and to help us improve, please complete our anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form:

The form is received separately from your application, ensuring your anonymity. The information you submit is kept in the strictest confidence, following data protection requirements, and will only be used to monitor and analyse the progress of Youth Music. We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process. 

If you wish to make us aware of any support you would need to attend an interview or work with us, or you have any questions, please call Constance Dingri on 020 3915 8514 or email For more information, please read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement.