“Never underestimate the power a committed group of individuals has to create change, in fact it’s the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead
On Monday 10th February we had a focused and fascinating gathering in City Hall at The Advance Network, phase 2 ‘Taking Action’ Launch.
‘Taking Action’ considers ways in which we can work together as a classical/jazz music sector to take action in relation to diversity and to share effective practice.
We began with a beautiful and moving performance from surprise guest, MOBO nominee and Kuumba Youth Music mentor,
Ayanna Witter Johnson
Paul Broadhurst, our host from Greater London Authority, formally welcomed us and gave an update on the work that GLA are doing to support young musicians.
Surya Turner gave an overview of The Advance Network activities to date and shared her vision of ‘Taking Action’ phase 2. (Watch it here)
Following this we enjoyed presentations from:
Adam Jeanes, Senior Relationship Manager at the Arts Council England, revealed his insights and recent experiences of the fast changing world of music education. (watch it here)
Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, with Beverley Mason from Medar Pysden International introduced the Advance Network phase 1 research and updated us on some of the emerging themes in looking at barriers and effective practice in ensemble music making. (watch it here)
Ruth Cook, Managing Director of Action Learning Associates spoke enthusiastically about how action learning is used to effect change. (watch it here)
Sean Gregory, Director of Creative Learning at Barbican & Guildhall, shared his own leadership journey, the tools he has used to encourage change and his views on diversity in the sector today. (watch it here)
After the presentations, delegates formed into themed small groups. Some robust and focused solutions to barriers in the classical and jazz sector were made in a relatively small amount of time. (watch it here)
Finally we shared how delegates can be involved with the professional/organisational development opportunities that form part of The Advance Network phase 2.
We would love for you to be part of this community of ‘thoughtful individuals’ who are looking to make a positive difference and grow in the process.
There are 3 ways you can join in and be involved:
1) Action Learning
‘Action learning is a process which involves working on real challenges, using the knowledge and skills of a small group of people combined with skilled questioning, to re-interpret old and familiar concepts and produce fresh ideas.’ Action learning Associates
There are still some places left to join an action learning set that will be exploring barriers and effective practices in working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic musicians and families.
We are particularly interested in involving individuals whose work is primarily in music hubs and/or in classical and jazz organisations which work with 16-25 year olds across these musical genres.
If you are interested and need more information drop us a line here.
If you know you want to get involved Apply Here.
We are looking forward to welcoming you…
2) Action Research
We will also be running a small bespoke workshop. If you have a specific project that you would like to develop or are currently working on, we would like to help. This workshop will give you an opportunity to share your ideas and receive instant feedback.
We will then be working closely with 3 projects, chosen from the workshop, over the course of the year who will share their learning with the wider Advance Network community.
If you want to be invited express your interest HERE and we will send you an invitation.
Alternatively, if you would like to have a conversation with Surya Turner or one of The Advance Network Leadership team about whether either activity is right for you or your organisation please do let us know and we can set up a short call.
3) Research and our Blog
We will be continuing with our research from phase 1 and would love your input on our blog.
If you have any projects or stories that we can share on our blog around diversity in music we would love to hear from you, so do get in contact with us if you would like to be featured.
We are looking forward to working with you.