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From High Peak Community Arts

10,000 steps a day

Being active doesn’t mean you have to go on lengthy runs or spend hours in the gym. Walking is a great form of exercise, especially if you find yourself sitting at a desk all day, which Youth Music HQ can be guilty of sometimes! Why not choose a month and challenge yourself to walk 10,000 steps a day? Get your friends, family and colleagues involved, and maybe even create a collaborative playlist online for you to all enjoy on your daily walk. There’s plenty of free apps to track your movement, and not every app requires a smartwatch. Make sure you setup a fundraising page for Youth Music so that people can donate, and don’t forget to update your page with your progress!

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Marathons

Fancy going that extra mile (or 26.2 miles to be precise!)? Then sign up to a local marathon. From time to time we have a number of charity places for some of the marathons, but if you have a ballot place and want to raise money for Youth Music then we’d love to have you on our team.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the London Marathon team have created the #TwoPointSixChallenge. The idea is that you choose a challenge, any challenge at all, related to the numbers 2.6 or 26 (the number of miles in a marathon, plus the date the event would have taken place). Whatever your age or ability, you can get involved. Ideas include a 2.6 mile bike ride while listening to your favourite tunes, hosting a 26 minute live stream showcasing your singing or DJing skills, or singing the song that was number 1 on your 26th birthday. We’d love to see your challenges and would appreciate any donations you can give:

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Other running events

Every year Youth Music takes part in the Ealing Half Marathon and the Osterley Park 10k. The more Youth Music team members, the better, so please join us at either of these events. We’d be delighted to welcome you.

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From the B Sharp project in Lyme Regis

Music quiz

Do you love being a quizmaster? Do you like to entertain a crowd and bring people together? Then a music quiz could be the perfect Youth Music fundraiser for you. Whether it’s at your local community hall, a pub down the road or even online, there’s plenty of places for you to test people’s music knowledge and raise awareness and donations for Youth Music at the same time. Perhaps you can base it on a specific genre or decade, or keep it general.

Please follow Government advice surrounding COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines until further notice - how about an online quiz with your friends and family?

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From the Changing Trax project run by Positive Youth Foundation in Coventry. Photo by Peter Marsh.

Dance-a-thon

There’s many ways to express your passion for music, with dance being a great example. You could set yourself the challenge to dance for a number of hours and get people of all ages and abilities involved. You can either host a physical event and sell tickets for people to attend or stream the event online and include a fundraising link in support of Youth Music – or both!

From the Roundhouse Rising Festival. Photo by Ariel DaSnapper

Give a Gig Online

Group of young people singing on stage with conductor in foreground
NewYVC with Jane Wheeler in foreground. Photo by Blouhaus Photography

2.6 Challenge: NewYVC

Youth Music has funded NewYVC at Stratford Circus for many years, and their Musical Director, Jane Wheeler, wanted to give back and acknowledge the support we had given to freelancers during the COVID-19 crisis.

She said, "We are so grateful to Youth Music for all their support and for all the amazing work they do to give opportunities to young people all over the country."

The group sang for 26 minutes non-stop via Zoom and they reached their £250 fundraising target before the event even started! They have since gone on to raise over £300 for Youth Music – thank you to Jane and everyone involved.

2.6 Challenge: Groundswell Arts

Angeline Conaghan of Groundswell Arts performed a beautiful rendition of Coldplay's Yellow with her son Spike. Angeline chose this song because it was released in the year she turned 26, and it was one of her brother's favourite songs, who sadly passed away in 2017. Angeline beat her fundraising target and has raised £160 for Youth Music – thanks so much Angeline and Spike!