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Tickets for the Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network conference on Tuesday 17 November 2015 are selling fast!  Click here to make sure you don’t miss out, and to take advantage of a 30% discount on all tickets.

We’re working hard collating and analysing the findings so far from the mapping we’ve done through our Taking Off progression routes project, and we look forward to sharing more at the conferenceThe next phase of the project involves a series of action research projects including:

  • The young person’s perspective on progression – led by freelance consultant Oli Kluzcewski.  Young researchers from Wired4Music, Heart n Soul, Kinetika Bloco and Raw Material will be at the conference to share their stories and findings. 
  • The role of the ‘progressions support worker’ – led by Hermione Jones from the Irene Taylor TrustIf this interests you particularly, you might like to take part in Hermione’s workshop at the conference. 
  • Measuring soft outcomes with young people in challenging circumstances– led by Julian Knight from Creative Futures
  • Supporting ‘next step’ organisations (those who don’t have a specialist focus on working with young people in challenging circumstances) to recruit and effectively engage vulnerable young people – led by Catherine Carter from FairbeatsYou can find out more about the progression routes work that has led to this project here


In the meantime, we’re enjoying a fascinating journey of our own, following others also part of the big musical progression conversation.  We recommend:


A new and important report written by Sarah Derbyshire MBE on behalf of the RPS:


Ben Sandbrook’s extensive and fascinating work on progression routes and environments, including work in partnership with Awards for Young Musicians:


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