The Big Music Project 2016-17

For the third year running we are joining forces with the heavyweights in the music industry; UK Youth and Capital FM, to run The Big Music Project in Leeds.

Previously our Big Music Project Champions ran gigs, shows and workshops at our studio and live events. They attended music industry events, visited Capital FM Yorkshire and met artists such as Plan B, Chase & Status and Eliza Doolittle.

DJ School UK, Leeds, Leeds City Council, Arts Award

Capital FM

Aims of The Big Music Project.

  • Develop your skills, knowledge and confidence.

  • Develop your employability skills.

  • Create a successful future in the music and creative industries.

What Is The Big Music Project?

The Big Music Project equips young people across the UK with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to create a successful future in the music and creative industries. The consortium brings the music industry to young people using the reach of Global’s radio brands, including Capital! Plus the grassroots networks of UK Youth connect thousands of young people between 14-19 around the UK through their love of music.

We work with the biggest brands in music, breaking barriers and creating and highlighting the best opportunities for young people across the UK, running everything from training schemes and careers advice to work experience, internships and hands on skills building projects. We inspire young people by showcasing the range of roles within the music and creative industries.

What Will You Do?

You will be a Champion!

  • Champions play a crucial part in creating and delivering their own projects, gigs or shows.
  • Champions work in teams to ensure that everyone involved is contributing as effectively as possible.
  • Champions will be given free training at the Champion Development Day in Leeds on 17th Sept.
  • Champions share their skills to other young people. 

Note – if you have done this project before you can do it again – this time you will be a Mentor and will be helping some of the Champions get it together – just speak to Jim.



What Can The Big Music Project Do For YOU!

WEBSITE: We direct young people to the most exciting creative job opportunities on offer, and write articles all about improving employment prospects as well as shining the light on the best opportunities in the music and creative industry from the post room to the boardroom. Every month, we host a Big Music Master Class which we invite Champions to, as well as live streaming it on our Facebook page and Twitter feed so everyone can get involved. Additionally we have fantastic competitions on offer and a host of events and opportunities for young people to engage with.

MUSIC HUBS: Aimed at young people aged 14-19 years of age, DJ School UK is your hub and will support you in a music project which benefits young people and the local community. There are 110 Music Hubs who sit at the centre of the project, delivering Big Music Projects in communities across the UK with over 5,500 young people.

WORK PLACEMENTS: We source and offer the best internships and work experience placements within the music industry and creative industries, exposing young people to the realities of working in these areas, developing their employability skills and enhancing their CVs. Some of the work experience placements we source will be ring fenced for Music Hub Champions.

MUSIC POTENTIAL: This specialised employability and re-engagement strand targets young people who are not in education, employment or training and aged 18-25. Music Potential operates in a similar way to the Music Hub programme, but over a shorter, more intense, delivery timeframe, delivered in 6 cities and kicking of this year in London and Birmingham.

How To Get Involved!

If you are new to DJ School UK please fill in the contact form on the right hand side of this page. In the bit that asks for a message just write “The Big Music Project.”

Anyone already on any DJ School Project can also be a Big Music Project Champion. You just have to talk to Jim or Dan next time you see them, then attend as usual on your normal project times – to access the additional support and resources from The Big Music Project you will also need to:

  • Meet with Jim or Dan once or twice to check your progress as a Champion and plan how you will do the additional tasks:
  • Attend the Champion Development Day on 17th Sept – It’s in Leeds!
  • Complete an Arts Award – it’s only a little extra work and is a recognised qualification!
  • Share some of your skills with others on your project, in your school or wherever you like.
  • Attend a Big Music Project Residential to network with loads of other young people and music industry professionals.
  • Do some kind of showcase – we will plan with you, we may team up with other groups – we may even do a mini-festival – you will plan it with us as a team and we will do it together.

So basically – Keep coming to DJ School, attend some cool events, put on your own show, learn some extra skills like how to teach others… and for that you get access to all the support The Big Music Project can offer – website and artist development, social media promotion, hints and tips from industry experts, and first go at jobs, work experience and internships in the music industry itself.