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We are having a GRAND REOPENING of Chime Creation Centre on SATURDAY MARCH 17th from 12 - 6PM.

 

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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.

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!

 

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.

As part of our Youth Music Innovate | Test | Embed programme, The Garage has been offering a series of CPD and shared practice sessions for music tutors. 
 

An approach that's today seen us awarded a share in a contract worth £1 million a year - for two to three years, from Cambridge County Council, to help deliver out of school provision. When combined with contracts we've already secured with the NHS, potentially for five years, we start to establish a stable plurality of funding that's diverse and non grant orientated.

Mark Howe, a practitioner working on the MusicNet East Fund C project writes about how taking time to talk about your work can have benfits for everyone.