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Making the Case
In 2012, we set out to map public funding for non-formal (out of school) music provision and social need in London, an exercise made possible by Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion grant awarded to Sound Connections from 2012-14, and extended until 2015. The mapping led to the identification of so-called ‘cold spot’ areas where music provision was historically low or underfunded, and where social deprivation was high. By channelling money from our Musical Inclusion grant and securing additional funding from Youth Music we have worked ten London boroughs.
Our approach has to been to work closely with the Music Education Hub to identify specific local needs within each area of deprivation, and developed pilot strategic projects which would address social need in specific localities within the cold spot. We have been successful at developing strategic links that allow work to become embedded once the initial project finished. We also reached more young people that most needed support, with over 500 engaging in total. And we’ve supported some creative and innovative approaches to working. However, we have also met some challenges. Building strong partnerships can take time that can complicate a project timetable and we know that what may work in one area might not work in another.
These are the first in a series of case studies that we are sharing from this work. The case studies highlight a range of projects and reflect on individual successes and challenges that might inspire or reassure your practice.
Music Excellence London: Webinar - 'A practical guide to composing and arranging music for the KS3 classroom and school ensemble'
Thursday 27 April 2017
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Music Excellence London: TeachMeet - 'Building a department from the bottom-up: a musical vision'
Thursday 4 May 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Samba Drumming and Body Percussion
Wednesday 24 May 2017
2.00pm - 5.00pm
What’s That Noise? - Encouraging child-initiated musicality with John Webb
Wednesday 21 June 2017
9.15am - 3.30pm
- Did you see the @SConnections newsletter this week? Exciting #Innovate2017 + workshop announcements. Read it here: https://t.co/JqrOJ77mAm,
- Experience hands on child-initiated music making with John Webb @KintorewayNS on 21 June #LEYMN #earlyyears… https://t.co/z1dLeVpoIZ,
- Next @MusicExLondon TeachMeet, May 4 'Building a dept from the bottom up: A musical vision' thanks @listermusicdept… https://t.co/66RHCEPzrn,
- Uniqueness of three orgs coming together on one project. @Seriouslive @lsostlukes Discovery and @hackneymusic Shari… https://t.co/Vo3riyQGEC,
- Chris Mackin from Ickburgh School - working w @hmdtmusic @lsostlukes @hackneymusic - just finished project for… https://t.co/amvFPJi8e5,
- "Take the risk to put young people in driving seat - they will always surprise you & create brilliant projects" #YouthVoice @hackneymusic,
- Great #YouthVoice presentation from Kenia, Takiyah, Caitlin @hackneymusic #YouthMusicForum. Young people must have… https://t.co/Qwc4oUbV0r,
- "Collaboration is vital defence to reduction of our provision as music educators. Think about schools,… https://t.co/s71tsbVMum,
- Great to be at this @hackneymusic event this evening. A brilliant network doing fantastic partnership work with sch… https://t.co/oGEqGvW3Eb,
- MT @sfhannan Gr8 to hear from a music coord @hackneymusic event that theirHT sees music key to curriculum & focus not just on maths/literacy,