Musical mentoring: launching Talent to Talent 2


In 2016 we launched a pilot peer mentoring programme called Talent to Talent. It provided opportunities for young musicians supported by AYM to take a lead in their own learning and to discover more about their musical self through sharing ideas and experiences with a mentor and/or mentee at a different stage in their musical development. 45 young musicians were involved and the pilot ran for 18 months. Highlights can be seen in the film at the bottom of this page:

Talent to Talent 1

Talent to Talent 2

Building on the learning from the pilot phase and with support from Arts Council England, we’re now delighted to be launching Talent to Talent 2.

Talent to Talent 2 will include individual projects based in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Hull and Sheffield – four of our Furthering Talent partner Music Education Hub regions.

Once again we’ll be working with AYM musicians at three different stages in their musical journeys: AYM Alumni (over 18s), AYM Award winners and Furthering Talent students. A group comprising young people at all three stages will come together in each region for a series of mentoring days. With guidance from AYM’s expert partners, Ben Sandbrook from World Pencil and Paul Sherman from the City of London Sinfonia – and with input from AYM patron Jess Gillam (who took part in Talent to Talent 1) – each group will co-create a musical project. One-to-one mentor/mentee interactions will be encouraged to emerge organically as the process develops.

In preparation for the project older mentors will receive expert training in mentoring and safeguarding.

To share the learning from Talent to Talent 2, we will be producing and making available for free, a new set of film resources.

Are you an AYM Alumni? Would you like to be involved? For more information please contact Naomi Wellings, Mentoring Manager – [email protected].



A look back at Talent to Talent 1

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