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Launching the Music and Social Justice Network

Since our music and social Justice conference in November, many of you have asked about how to keep learning and have told us that you are keen to find ways to make your work, and organisations, socially just. We have been working behind the scenes planning how best to support this. We’re pleased to share the news that in response, we are launching the Music and Social Justice Network!

The Music and Social Justice Network will take the place of the Challenging Circumstances Music Network (CCMN), which Sound Connections founded and hosted. CCMN has had a wonderful few years bringing together about 100 different people working with children and young people facing barriers to music. The network has led discussion and debate, produced resources, and delivered an annual conference. It has become a thriving community of practice, supporting people to learn, connect and collaborate. Core members of CCMN agreed unanimously at the last meeting that shifting the focus to social justice was a positive progression of the work to date. We look forward to moving into this new phase, renewing the network and carrying all the achievements and learning from CCMN with us.

Sound Connections will host Music and Social Justice Network gatherings several times a year featuring guest speakers and a reading and resources list will be shared before each meeting. We will also develop new resources and programme training and professional development informed by the network. We hope there are different ways that you can be involved: if your time is limited you are welcome to dip in and out as time allows.

The only criteria for joining is that you are working with children and young people in London through music. If you would like to become part of the Music and Social Justice Network, please email admin@sound-connections.org.uk. The first gathering will be 4-6pm on Tuesday 12 June at the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea and will feature a presentation from Tobi Kyeremateng – when you email please let us know if you would like to come along.

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