Rising Futures: Participation Now!

Make it Happen


Thursday 17 March 2016, 10am-4pm at the Roundhouse, Camden

Building on the huge success of last year’s event, as well as our national youth voice research project ReWired, Wired4Music, hosted by Sound Connections, proudly present the 2016 Rising Futures: Participation Now!


Participation doesn’t just mean taking part – it’s about empowering people to take the lead in shaping their own opportunities and ideas. 2016 sees the fourth annual celebration of youth voice and leadership as part of Roundhouse Rising Festival, curated and led by Wired4Music; the young Londoner’s music network. We’re taking this chance to bring together organisations, young leaders and youth boards from across the UK who are actively engaged with youth voice and leadership, or keen to be.


Last year we explored the theme Community; the final of our Manifesto themes, and discussed how young people and organisations can work together to build and strengthen musical communities. Everyone at the event came away feeling inspired and this year we hope to build on this inspiration and Make it Happen.


What do we need to do so that more young people have the opportunity to take the lead? What good examples can we learn from? What’s missing? How can everyone work together to build a stronger offer?


Whether as leaders, artists, producers, educators or audiences, we will shape a new musical action plan.


The day aims to bring together energy and enthusiasm for great youth leadership practice; commit to collective pledges that increase young people’s power to shape their own musical opportunities, communities and future; and give organisations and young people tools and resources to inspire new youth voice practice.


Who is the day for?

Organisations and people aged 16-25 who are actively engaged in youth voice, or keen to be. We are inviting organisations/projects to bring two 16-25s, accompanied by a member of staff.

What does it involve?

  • Keynote speeches from young people who have made it happen or are in the process of making it happen
  • The premiere of our ReWired case studies film
  • Breakout sessions looking at how organisations and young people can get things moving
  • Panel discussion featuring Wired4Music members as well as friends and colleagues from partner organisations
  • Live music performance + the opportunity for young artists to submit their music to be played on the day


How do you register?

We are inviting organisations to bring two young people, accompanied by one member of staff. To register you and your young people (or to ask any questions) please contact: jessica@sound-connections.org.uk / 020 7729 7228 by 9am on Friday 11 March 2016. More info to follow on how to submit your young artists’ music to be played on the day.


This event is part of Roundhouse Rising Festival 2016, supporting the development of new music from young and upcoming artists. We are delighted to be working in close partnership with the Roundhouse. The event is made possible with funding from the National Foundation of Youth Music.

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