NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people. We know that music has the power to change lives – it can raise aspirations, enable personal and social development, and enhance career prospects. Working with our trusted partners, we deliver high quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire to those in challenging circumstances, including rural isolation. We are also committed to strengthening the sector through workforce development, building strategic partnerships and advocating for the benefits of participatory music.
We pride ourselves on working across a wide range of music styles and genres as well as with the latest digital technologies. NYMAZ projects target young people at all levels, from those who are completely new to music-making through to the gifted and talented. Our aim is to enhance each participant’s enjoyment of music and facilitate their growth as an individual, in addition to supporting their musical progression.
Projects are delivered by our expert partners who have a wealth of experience, including specialist knowledge of working with babies and toddlers as well as with those with special educational needs and disabilities.
As part of our commitment to strengthening the sector in North Yorkshire we run professional networks which enable musicians and practitioners to develop their skills, share best practice and network with peers. Membership is free and is focused on three specialist areas – Early Years Music (ages 0- 5), Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Remote Music Learning.
NYMAZ has established itself as a thought-leader in the sector, seeking to influence and drive music education initiatives on a regional and national level.
NYMAZ is a strong advocate for musical inclusion – using research findings we have shown the importance of informal music activities in terms of life chances and are calling for it to be better supported in rural areas. We are also keen to promote digital methods of providing young people in the countryside with high quality, but cost efficient, instrumental tuition and music experiences.