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We’re an Artsmark Supporter!

Sound Connections were very fortunate earlier this year, with funding from Arts Council England, to become an Artsmark Supporter. We are one of number of projects, working with Arts Council England and the local Bridge organisations (in our case A New Direction), to explore how we could support schools and cultural organisations better understand the new Artsmark scheme.

 

Recently relaunched, and more importantly now designed by teachers, the new Artsmark award helps schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides a tangible way to demonstrate this. In addition, Artsmark schools gain access to resources as well as networks of cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision. Sound Connections was therefore ideally placed, with its already strong links with schools and cultural organisations across London, to take on this role and look specifically at how Music Education Hubs and music organisations could support schools on their Artsmark journey.

 

We are currently working with Islington Council, in partnership with the Dame Alice Owen Foundation and Arts First (the music education hub lead organisation for Islington), on helping them develop a new music education strategy for the borough. As part of that we want to explore how schools and music organisations are working together in terms of committing to the new Artsmark offer. A questionnaire has recently gone out to anyone that work with children and young people through music with specific questions on Artsmark. Islington is a culturally rich borough with a huge range of music and arts organisations delivering work to children and young people and we are keen to look at how this work can link with Artsmark. Over the coming months we will be identifying good practice and sharing this not only with schools and music organisations across Islington but more widely. We are also working closely with A New Direction, the Bridge organisation for London, on ensuring that our findings are disseminated as widely as possible. If you would like to find out more about the Islington music education strategy consultation or how we could support your work then please email philip@sound-connections.org.uk

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