24 Jul 18:00 - 29 Jul 00:00 2023

Play it Loud! Crescendo - Youth Capacity Building Event

JM International

Learning, Workshop

Strasbourg, France

Deadline: 21 Jul 2023 23:59


About the project - “PLAY IT LOUD! Crescendo” In 2020, as a response to gender imbalances in the youth & music sector, JMI launched the “Play it Loud!” process, focused on fostering gender mainstreaming, diversity and inclusion in the JMI Network and beyond. One of the key findings of “Play it Loud!” was that even within committed and engaged individuals and organisations, there are still knowledge and awareness gaps to be addressed to foster systemic change and promote bottom-up representation. “Play it Loud!” aims to contribute to a more equal and diverse youth & music sector, welcoming all underrepresented young people to take ownership, express themselves freely through music and participate actively in local and European democratic and civic spaces, contributing to shaping a more inclusive society. During those two years, we have been able to identify the needings and settle more specific and targeted objectives for the future. The project “Play it Loud” has now the chance to expand and continue for another year in 2023 and JMI wants to invite you to be part of the change. Our objectives for 2023 are: - to train relevant professionals working with youth and music (music teachers, youth workers, cultural organisers and facilitators, sector-specific decision-makers, staff and volunteers of youth & music organisations) to tackle gender stereotypes and provide safe(r) spaces for youth creative expression, with a focus on the "Play it Loud!" norm-critical pedagogy. This will lead to creating a PLAY IT LOUD POOL OF TRAINERS. - to raise awareness and build capacities on gender mainstreaming and equity in the European youth & music sector among pivotal stakeholders and young people by increasing knowledge, representation and peer role models. This will lead to creating a PLAY IT LOUD POOL OF YOUNG AMBASSADORS ABOUT THE EVENT - PIL! CRESCENDO YOUTH CAPACITY BUILDING The activity aims to provide direct and practical opportunities for young musicians and individuals from underrepresented gender groups to engage, participate, meet and build their competencies as actors of change, capable of raising awareness, and advocating and fostering gender equality in their communities and the music industry. The international event will prepare participants to design small raising-awareness events that they will implement with the support of the Pool of Trainers and JMI member organisations in their local contexts. The concept behind the activity is to pilot a "Play it Loud!" Young Ambassadors program that could sustainably engage and empower women and non-binary youth through music to contribute to systemic bottom-up change. The specific objectives of A2 are: - To empower young musicians identifying as women, trans or non-binary and build their personal and professional competencies to advocate for representation in several contexts and communities. - To pilot the first PiL Young Ambassadors Program and thus sustain a community of committed young musicians (and sound technicians, producers, etc.) equipped to advocate for gender equity, raise awareness among their peers and become new role models in the youth & music ecosystem. The activity also foresees a local phase: after the event, participants will be responsible to plan, organise and implement a raising-awareness event in their own countries (between August and November 2023). WHERE: Strasbourg, France WHEN: JULY 24th (arrivals) to JULY 29th (departures) WHO: 20 young musicians from at least ten different countries. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS - You should be aged between 16 and 25 years old - You should be a musician from underrepresented gender groups (ex. identifying as women, trans or non-binary). In this way, we will be able to ensure the representation and availability of role models in all the following phases. - You should be committed to taking part in the "Play it Loud!" Youth Ambassadors Program lasting approximately 6 months (capacity building event, mentoring from the Pool of Trainers, design and implementation of local raising awareness events) - You should be based in a Council of Europe member country (see below). TENTATIVE PROGRAM D1 JUL 24 - Arrivals (by 16:00) and welcome D2 JUL 25 - Intro to Play it Loud!; Intro to Norm-Critique; The YAP explained; Building the YAP Manifesto and group agreement; What does it mean to be a role model?; Reflections D3 JUL 26 - Intro to Advocacy; Learning from each other: storytelling and sharing to identify needs and challenges; Problems to solutions trees; Identify collective advocacy messages; Reflections D4 JUL 27 - Advocacy plans: what/who/how?; Stakeholders analysis and simulations; Resources and references research; Reflections D5 JUL 28 - Creating final change maps and planning local events; Final Evaluation D6 JUL 29 - Departures GETTING THERE The nearest airport to Strasbourg is Strasbourg (SXB) Airport which is 9.7 km away. Other nearby airports include Karlsruhe/Baden Baden (FKB) (33.2 km), Stuttgart (STR) (107 km), Basel (BSL) (110.6 km) and Zurich (ZRH) (139.9 km). All these airports are connected to Strasbourg by train and/or bus. CONDITIONS - JMI will reimburse travels up to 250EUR per person - JMI will cover all costs related to accommodation and meals - Participants are expected to take care of their visas and all other official requirements and have sufficient pocket money for their private expenses. DEADLINE Please apply by May 15th at noon. FURTHER INFORMATION Email: Tel: +32 2 513 97 74 Website:


Who is this opportunity open for?


Age limit?

16 - 25

From these countries/regions
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Kingdom
North Macedonia
San Marino
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Czech Republic
Moldova, Republic of

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