Let's get together! conferences and networking

sound splash has been working in partnership with local music hubs, regional networks and music organisations to deliver two successful music conferences this July.

This July sound splash has partnered in delivering two very different music conferences. The first has followed on from previous conferences run at Bath Spa over the past 6 years. As we all know money and time has been at a premium this year and we did wonder if a conference was possible this year.

What we did have was a team of dedicated people who valued the relationship we have built up. working together and using our knowledge and expertise we were able to find a alternative tempory venue at Wiltshire Music Centre where we were well looked after.

No only did we have music instrument, technology and book suppliers but also the MU, regional MINC, Arts Awards, reflecting how organisations are valuing opportunities to share and network information and practice.

The keynote speaker Mal Webb - inspiring, amusing, knowledgable and engaging and workshop facilitators were selected by the working group to cover a range of activities to engage and develop practice in school and non formal settings.

The day ended with dances performed by a visiting group from India who were guests of North Somerset Music Hub. Not only were they stunningly wonderful to watch an offer went out for three teachers to visit them in India to share and learn about music there.

The second conference was one which targetted those organisations and practitioners who had a particular interest in music and learning disabilities. Working in partnership with MUSE music project in Bristol sound splash supported the delivery of the conference. As this was focussed on a specialist area I was able to bring together colleagues from across the other four MINC projects and enable practitioners from Somerset to attend as part of sound splash'es support within the county.

Sally Clements was also able to use the gathering to encourage practitioners to look at progression and supporting talent in a tea time discussion following the day.

For me bringing people together and sharing resources is key to broadening our effectiveness when considering the outcomes we are wanting to achieve. I will share feedback and how we will develop learning and CPD following these two events as I see them as important highlights in an evolving CPD programme.

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