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Supporting ongoing learning during the COVID-19 crisis


Since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold Sound Connections has spent time listening to what you need during this very challenging and unprecedented time. We have repurposed some of our funding so we can directly support individuals and organisations in a way that responds to the situation. Through the activities outlined below we aim to provide some solidarity, financial support, and connection to a professional network. We know this won’t replace the work many of you have lost but we hope it will go a small way to making things a little easier.


Online professional development

We will be offering a series of free online sessions during May through to September 2020 focussing on professional and personal development for those working with young people through music. Our aim is to address specific needs identified by our networks, so a short needs analysis survey is currently open to inform the planning of these sessions. Please contribute your ideas and opinions here.

Further information about online sessions will be coming soon. Click to view our current online events here.



We are offering free one-to-one peer mentoring for anyone working with young people through music. During these challenging times being able to talk through your professional situation can be a real support. Through a one-hour mentoring session with Sound Connections staff or Associates (conducted over the phone or via video conferencing) we can help you to carry out a development needs analysis, talk through your professional situation, discuss ideas and practice, and provide signposting advice to other opportunities and/or resources.

This is available to any self-employed individual or small business/organisation employees with an annual turnover of less than £250k. You must be involved in working with children and young people through music.

Applications now closed.


Professional development bursaries

We have a number of bursaries of £250 available to support your professional development needs during this challenging time. The bursaries are intended to give you time and space to develop an area of your practice, and where appropriate to share this practice with others in the Sound Connections network.

Examples of what this may involve are:

  • Doing reading or other research around your area of professional interest and compiling a summary of this
  • Designing and developing a new resource for delivering music activity with young people
  • Transitioning your work to an online environment
  • Paying for online training courses / webinars / opportunities
  • Purchasing books or other resources that relate to your area of professional interest

This is designed to give you space to reflect, and to support your thinking and development during this period. There is no requirement to produce anything new or different to receive this bursary. We would like to share anything you produce through the bursary on our website, so we will ask for brief reflections, resources or summaries from you.

This is available to any self-employed individual, or small business/organisation employee with an annual turnover of less than £250k. You must be involved in working with children and young people through music.

Applications now closed.


Selection process

We ask you to complete a short application form for the mentoring and bursary opportunities. We will prioritise those who demonstrate the greatest need and are able to present a clear case for how the mentoring/bursary will enable professional development. Priority will be given to practitioners and organisations in London/Greater London.

If you have any access requirements please contact and we will make reasonable adjustments to the application process, for example we can take applications over the phone. 

Applications now closed.


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