Youth Voice

Youth Voice


Here at CAE, we’ve always been passionate and committed to developing the skills and ambitions of young people when it comes to arts, culture and creativity. We’ve been involved in many different projects over the years with this focus, including working with the National Foundation for Youth Music to deliver our  Young Promoters programme.


This has involved us working with rural high schools in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire to identify, support and train young people to put on their own live music events. The programme has helped young people grow in confidence, engage more at school, and broaden their aspirations for later life.


Since 2020, we have adapted our delivery of our youth-focused projects in line with the pandemic. We completed a Youth Leadership in the Arts digital takeover, showcasing the work and voices of young people across the UK. We also worked with a group of young people to develop and host their own radio show slot on BBC Radio Norfolk’s The Social programme, a youth-focused weekly show elevating youth voice and showcasing young musicians.


In 2020 we were awarded funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music to conduct a wide-ranging consultation into arts provision and pathways for young people to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by young people, especially those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. As part of this, we developed and delivered a mixed-methodology approach including surveys, 1:1 conversations, research, for events and specific focus groups involving organisation leaders, facilitators and freelancers, and of course to young people themselves. We have now produced a report of our findings, which will be available to read shortly.


We have also gathered together a list of useful resources about best practices when developing and creating work with young people. You can take a look at these by downloading a PDF or Word document here: Youth Resources PDFor Youth Resources Word Document


Leading The Way: A Youth Consultation – Report 2022

After two insightful years on a unique journey with and for creative young people in the east, and those who work for them, we are thrilled to be launching a youth arts consultation report to share our findings. We know it will inspire organisations across the east and beyond to reflect on their youth arts offers and hopefully apply the findings to their work in the coming months and years. 

Click here to download our Youth Consultation Report


Some supporting findings and survey responses can be found below.

Click here to view Youth Music Consultation Findings


Youth Consultation Fora Responses
Click here to view day 1 responses
Click here to view day 2 responses
Click here to view day 3 responses


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