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Taking Off: a networked approach to musical progression in London

Sound Connections has been awarded funding from Youth Music to explore and develop work around progression routes for young people in challenging circumstances. This work will link with our Challenging Circumstances Music Network. It was through the CCMN that an action research piece by Fairbeats! – soon to be published on the Sound Connections website – first looked at this subject and provided the building blocks for our proposal for the progression work.

‘Taking Off’ will take a networked approach to explore and promote musical pathways which are meaningful, personalised and diverse for children and young people in challenging settings. Through this work, we hope to strengthen links between diverse grass-roots music organisations and high-profile musical destinations.

We are delighted that Fairbeats! have come on board to work on the initial phase of ‘Taking Off’ with us, and will be lending their expertise in the field of music-making in challenging settings. The first stage of the project, Departures, will see Fairbeats! and Sound Connections undertaking initial mapping, scoping and gathering of key partners and their work in this area. This initial mapping will lead to Journeys – a number of group-based action research exploring specific journeys on the map in order to drill down into the specific conditions, barriers, behaviours and qualities that lead to outstanding provision of progression pathways. The final stage of the project, Destinations, will culminate in a high-profile interactive seminar to present findings of the mapping and action research. This will include engaging presentations from special guests and sharing of other progression-focused research, models and practice.

We endeavour to work closely with the members of the Challenging Circumstances Music Network at every stage to create a working group approach which will support the project.

Watch this space for exciting further developments!

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