Calling educators, practitioners, organisations and young people in the creative industries! Join Sound Connections for our annual IPIA gathering this March to explore how integrating Youth Voice into organisational practice benefits everyone. Expect practical workshops and panel discussions on inclusivity and equity through the lens of Youth Voice, plus drop-in surgeries, delicious food, and even some live performances - no matter what stage of your journey you are at, you are welcome! Curated and led by young people in partnership with Sound Connections. Early bird tickets on sale until 14 February.
What to Expect:
- Learn directly from young people and deepen your understanding of what is important to young people today.
- Connect with like-minded people of all ages and levels of experience, all aligned in a commitment to working with a youth-led approach.
- Challenge hierarchical dynamics by putting young people centre stage, with them as the experts.
- Reflect on your own practice and how you might create space for new approaches and ideas inspired by people who are different from you.
- Be empowered with the practical tools and knowledge to take your next steps – whether you are a young person emerging into the creative industries, or a professional looking to develop your own / your organisations’ youth voice work – no matter what stage of your journey you are currently at, you are welcome!
Who is it for?
We are envisaging this event to be an open conversation between young people, practitioners, organisations and participants. We believe everyone can learn from one another. We therefore encourage people of all ages and levels of experience to attend and be part of the discussion.
Examples of people who might like to attend are:
- Young people aged 16+
- Students and trainees
- Young emerging artists
- Early career, mid-career and senior professionals working in the creative sector
- Classroom, peripatetic and private teachers of creative subjects, across primary, secondary and higher education
- Early years practitioners
- Community musicians, workshop leaders and creative practitioners
- Music Education Hub leaders and managers
- Grassroots music and creative organisation leaders, managers, administrators and producers
- Youth sector staff and anyone who works with young people
- Academics, funders and policy makers
- National music education organisation leaders and staff
We particularly welcome individuals who considers themselves a minority, or who have been made to feel ‘other’, whatever stage of your career you are at. We will endeavour to support you throughout the event with awareness of your psychological safety. We also welcome organisations and individuals from across the sector who wish to explore inclusive practice and take action to change for the better.