Professional Development

Jack Drum Arts have just wrapped up our week-long annual Summer School that saw a host of young performers and musicians aged 8 – 25 come together in the beautiful grounds of Auckland Castle to work alongside professional and emerging artists, and castle staff, to research, develop and perform a piece of drama with music. 

From 8th – 29th July we here at Jack Drum Arts (with support from Arts Council England, Youth Music, and DurhamWorks) played host to Rumenig Dantas, Bigato Pereira, Paijara de Xango, our maracatu de baque virado mentors from Nação do Maracatu Porto Rico. 

We speak to Rosie Bergonzi about how the experience of working on Musical Rumpus has impacted her artistic practice and how she has found working with early years in this way.

While playing an instrument can easily bring us and our children lots of joy, sharing instruments might pose some small health risks. But better safe than sorry! Here are a few tips on what we should all know before sharing music instruments.

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


We have created lots of music and learnt a lot of things about #Inclusion and equal access and had a lot of fun... But did Jam Buddies make equal access to music, the arts and life a reality for young people (YP) with and without ‘learning disability’ or ‘autism’ labels?

The concept of an #Inclusive approach to ‘Buddying’ was central to the Jam Buddies project.

The Urban Vocal Group staged its first Artist development showcase concert featuring 6 young artists aged 15 – 18 performing original tracks co-written with local musicians

Band In A Week Returns - 7th August 2017 - 11 August 2017

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For young musicians who are developing their music-making from bedroom to stage, first steps creative industries can often seem daunting.  What practical steps can young people take to effectively realise their potential?