In 2016, it’s still the case that there are children and young people who face barriers to music opportunities. In recent years a huge amount of work has been done to address this challenge through skilling-up practitioners, investigating meaningful progression routes for participants facing barriers to provision, provoking conversations around diversity and the future music education workforce, and advocating the importance of inclusive practices to funders, academics, and politicians. But we’re not there yet. As Matt Griffiths from the National Foundation for Youth Music says, inclusion ‘is not something we do on a Wednesday afternoon’ – it needs to be the lifeblood running through not just our projects, but our organisations, committees and boards.
On Tuesday 29 November 2016 at Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre we will be proposing some solutions for music practitioners, cultural organisations, Music Education Hubs and music educators to face these challenges head on, and together as a collective. At this year’s Catalysing Change: Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network Conference, we will:
- Dig deep into the needs of children and young people in regions across London,
- Demonstrate the strength that evidencing impact adds to our work,
- Show that by working collaboratively we can innovate,
- Consider approaches to funding that could help us work towards a more secure future.
Through contributions from:
Keynote 1 – Jim Minton
Inspiring the boy – or the girl – in da corner: opening up opportunities through music to young people missing out
Some of London’s finest musicians of recent years – from Dizzie Rascal to Ms Dynamite – have spoken of how community youth organisations have been fundamental to their development, and to finding opportunities to express themselves. There is a strong body of evidence emerging from the arts, sports and youth work, highlighting the value of bringing opportunities to young people within their communities – to engage them in making positive choices and give them access to the amazing experiences London has to offer. With many young Londoners still missing out on exposure to culture and creativity, and all the benefits they bring, meeting this challenge is more important than ever. With his youth sector expertise Jim will explore the role of youth organisations, partnerships and communities – and look at how we can work more effectively together to inspire young people who might develop a lifelong love of music if only they had the chance to take their first step.
Case study - Soundcastle
The Soundcastle theory of practice: a manifesto and framework for participatory musicking
Musicking is for everyone, to own, to create, and to be part of. In this presentation, we discuss how communities can reclaim their right to make music and consequently build their connectedness. This is about challenging cultural stagnation and promoting local music by and for local people.
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