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Youth Music's NextGen Community Series is Coming to a City Near You

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We have launched our NextGen Community Series for 2024, including new music industry networking events in partnership with Young Guns Network.

Designed to support emerging creatives UK-wide, this year’s events will reach Bristol and Glasgow. Attendees aged 18-30 will have the chance to connect with other creatives, take part in panel discussions and watch performances from peers.

And, new for 2024, a partnership with Young Guns Network will see four additional networking events take place at offices of some of the biggest music and culture brands in London. These will include a workshop on artist marketing with AWAL, best Instagram practice for creatives with Meta and working with brands, with Levi’s.

Cristina Barone, Youth Music Corporate and Events Manager says: “As we celebrate Youth Music’s 25th anniversary year, we’re really excited to also grow our NextGen Community Series, reaching new cities and launching a new partnership with Young Guns Network. All of this means a more diverse range of voices are entering and equipped for the music industries, benefitting both businesses and individuals who might otherwise be excluded.”

a group of women sit on stage as part of a panel
Photo credit: Livy Dukes

Youth Music’s research recently found that 77% of emerging creatives said a lack of industry connections is a barrier they are currently facing, while pursuing a career in the music industries.

Young Guns Network was created in 2013 to offer a more diverse, accessible and updated professional networking experience focused on the 18-30 age group that would provide them with inspiration, insight and opportunities.

Remi Harris, Co-Founder at Young Guns Network says: "We're delighted to be collaborating with Youth Music to bring young professionals into the offices of some of the most exciting music and culture brands. Our partnership with Youth Music goes back several years and we're thrilled that they are helping us continue to bring these events to young people."

Youth Music NextGen is a community of young creatives who aspire to build and work in the music industries of the future and consists of over 200 Youth Music NextGen Fund recipients and alumni, people taking part in one of Youth Music’s 500 funded projects and other young creatives who want to be part of a wider network. The community offers access to development opportunities and grant funding for those who face barriers because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through.

Youth Music NextGen Community Series 2024:

Young Guns Network X Youth Music NextGen Events:

  • Tuesday 30th January – AWAL, London Office
  • Thursday 14th March – Meta, London Office
  • Wednesday 19th June – Bauer Media, London Office
  • Wednesday 27th November – Levi’s, London Office

Youth Music NextGen Community Events:

  • Tuesday 21st May – Strange Brew, Bristol
  • Wednesday 7th August  – Mono, Glasgow