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On 26 October 2017, 90 CEOs, artistic directors, arts professionals and artists from around the country came together in Norwich for Breaking Down The Barriers – The Arts, Disability and Change

As part of this conference we wanted to galvanise and inspire positive action. So after each panel conversation we asked delegates to share a priority action or change that they had been inspired to make, as a result of what they've heard, said, or thought about during the discussion. 

I write this as we are about to embark on our new horizons conference for 2017. An event that we started last year – structured around a series of speakers and conversations on a theme. This year’s title - Breaking Down the Barriers: The Arts, Disability and Change. But we’re not experts or leading the field, like Drake Music or Graeae or a number of other organisations or consortiums who are leading by example, so it begs the question.....How dare we host a conference around disability and the sector, hypocritical or what?!!?
The answer for me is a very simple one – we want to get better.

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Doing the Arts Awards for the first time proves to be more challenging - and rewarding - than first imagined.

Do you have students or know any keen musicians aged 14 and 18 and into folk music? Would they like to be part of the Cambridge Folk Festival? They could win the chance to perform with The Hub Band Project live in the Club Tent on Sunday 30th July 2017!

 

Do you have students or know any keen musicians aged 14 and 18 and into folk music? Would they like to be part of the Cambridge Folk Festival? They could win the chance to perform with The Hub Band Project live in the Club Tent on Sunday 30th July 2017!

 

Anyone had experience of delivering Arts Award through music based mentoring please? Would love to hear from other projects which have done this as we (MusicNet-East) are about to try this out. We have delivered bronze through our songwriter programme but the Music based mentring is a bit different-it is delivered through individual music lessons by peripatetic music tutors.

Any thoughts welcome.

A great description of 'Little Music Makers' by one of the many parents who take their pre-school children to the group in East Chesterton, Cambridge. Both parents and children love the variety of musical activities that stimulate, enthuse and engage them all.

Cambridge has a reputation as a pre-eminent seat of learning and home to thriving high-tech compaines. It is also home to an increasing number of gifted young urban music artists, who are being given oportunities to nurture their talents thaks to local youth charity, Romsey Mill.

If you are not taking impact capture seriously for the projects you are running then I believe you to be looking down the barrel of a funding gun. It amazes me how many organisations don't collect the simplest of data like attendance or any form of 'story' from their participants. Money is scarce and getting scarcer. Commissioner's and grant givers require evidence that what we do is effective. 

Essex Music Education Hub realised that opportunities for music-making in the county’s special schools were patchy at best. They knew things needed to change, and they embarked on a strategic plan to ensure children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D) don’t miss out. 

This year the world has gone to hell in a handcart and the news seems to be that it's not going to get better any time soon. Now, more than ever, our work is needed and it's important that we nurture the part that feeds our passion to continue.