Year of Music 2023

Kirklees is a district of world class music that stands proud on its rich and diverse musical heritage.

Music is the beat of our heart. It is the sound of our communities and it is the pulse of our towns and villages.

We are excited to bring you the Year of Music, a range of events, concerts and gigs to showcase the talent in our region!

Current opportunities

KYOM23 Sound Identities 

Do you love listening to & making music? Do you want to play a major part in the celebrations of Kirklees Year of Music 2023… and get paid for it? 

Whether you’re an experienced Composer, a Bedroom Beatmaker, High School Choir, Garage Band or play the recorder on a Sunday evening…we want to hear from YOU!!

Your music will be used in an exciting range of advertising campaigns from public-events, to web & radio adverts to video & film productions and more, all to promote Kirklees Year of Music 2023 and Kirklees in the future. 

If you’re interested in applying for this opportunity, please read the full details and terms and conditions on the Sound Identities brief here and fill in the short application form   

Deadline to apply is 15 August 2022. 

Please contact us to receive this information in an alternative format.

Learning Music is the priority: for life, for fun, for future. 

We are putting young people are front and centre of Kirklees Year of Music 2023 (KYOM23); our aim is to increase opportunities for young people to experience making, playing and listening to music.     

Following extensive consultation with the music and education sectors, KYOM23 strategic leads, Kathy Coates-Mohammed and Stephanie Bartholet, of Shape North Ltd, have created a strategic programme of events and learning opportunities. These are specifically designed to enhance and complement existing provision, harness existing music teaching talent and reflect the heritage and diversity of Kirklees.  

The KYOM23 Learning Programme will offer four key elements:  

  • Continuous Professional Development & Learning – providing opportunities for Kirklees teachers to develop music teaching practice;  
  • Live Performance opportunities for pupils, teachers and communities to experience the thrill of live music performance at school sites;  
  • Opportunities for learning to sing and play an instrument;   
  • New Kirklees-specific high quality learning resources with music heritage and music practice resources for all Key Stages including Early Years. 

KYOM23 Learning Programme has been developed in partnership with educational and arts partners at all levels and will be delivered in collaboration with Kirklees Council Learning Services, Musica Kirklees and the EVOKE Network. 

Sign up for the Learning Programme via the Contact Us page to receive the latest updates.  

Get involved

Year of Music will need the collaboration and commitment of many people and organisations. If you would like to get involved submit your details. We look forward to making it happen together!

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Our Community

The Kirklees music community is active and vibrant, central to our cultural heritage and part of our future. Year of Music champions music which takes place in all corners of our towns and villages.

Music can build social connections and provide a safe space to experience strong human emotions.

The Kirklees music community is active and vibrant, central to our cultural heritage and part of our future.
Across Kirklees there are numerous opportunities to participate in music education and training, studying or following your passion.
Currently across Kirklees there are opportunities to participate in music industry training or studying for qualifications.

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