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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

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If you want to build on your progression work with young Londoners, uncover tools, ideas and existing best practice in these case studies and reports.

Preliminary recommendations towards a quality assurance mark for excellence in musical progression for children and young people living in challenging circumstances in London

Catherine Carter, Co-Founder of Fairbeats! conducted an action research project exploring excellence in musical progression for children and young people living in challenging circumstances in London. This report seeks to make preliminary recommendations for a quality assurance mark around excellence in progression for children and young people living in challenging circumstances in London. This action research was commissioned by Sound Connections as part of the Taking Off research project on what meaningful musical progression looks like for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Measuring and Accrediting Soft Outcomes

Julian Knight, Creative Director of Creative Futures, conducted an action research project on measuring and accrediting the soft outcomes of arts projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances. In this report, Julian shares his thoughts on the suitability of a number of existing outcomes frameworks for working in these settings, and makes some recommendations for arts projects considering accrediting soft outcomes in their work. This action research was commissioned by Sound Connections as part of the Taking Off research project on what meaningful musical progression looks like for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

The Role of the Support Worker

Hermione Jones, Personal Development Manager at the Irene Taylor Trust, conducted an action research project on the role of the support worker in music projects for young people in challenging circumstances. In this report, Hermione investigates the importance of the Personal Development Manager role in the work of the Trust, and shares her findings from her research with other support workers in music, non-music, and non-arts settings. This action research was commissioned by Sound Connections as part of the Taking Off research project on what meaningful musical progression looks like for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Explaining the Pathfinders framework

In Taking Off we talk about Grassroots, Intermediary and Next Step organisations. This relates to a model of progression created by Fairbeats! in their Pathfinders report. Find out more here.

Taking Off Progression Surveys Report

Taking Off is a Sound Connections project which aims to increase access to musical progression opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people in London across the full diversity of the offer and at every level of participation and excellence. To take a networked approach to exploring meaningful, personalised and diverse pathways between challenging settings and ‘next step’ cultural organisations. Read the findings from the first phase of our research in this report.

Young Researcher Case Study - Will

Filmmaker Will made a short documentary exploring the progression story of his friend Michael – a young bassist in the band Sisteray. The film is interspersed with Will’s thoughts about the Taking Off conference that he attended and filmed, and his own feelings about progression opportunities for young musicians in London.

Taking Off Conference - provocations panel (film)

This film shows the panel of provocations from our Taking Off conference in 2015 in full.

Taking Off Conference - research presentation: Fairbeats!

Sound Connections Programme Manager Jenn Raven and Co-Founder of Fairbeats! Catherine Carter presented an introduction to progression routes research, approaches and frameworks at the Taking Off conference in 2015. This film shows key moments from the presentation, including highlights and recommendations from the research, and a workshop for delegates to consider ways in which to support and enable musical progression within their contexts.

Taking Off Conference - the Musical Progression Support Worker

Hermione Jones, Irene Taylor Trust, shared her action research commissioned by Sound Connections at the Taking Off conference in 2015. Her research was on the role of the support worker in working with young people in challenging circumstances, and how she created this new role within her organisation. This film shares key moments from Hermione’s workshop.

Taking Off Conference - Provocations panel

A summary of the five-minute provocations from speakers at our Taking Off conference in November 2015, on the themes of meaningful musical progression for young people facing challenging circumstances, and where the music education community ‘is at’ with musical inclusion in 2015. The provocations were followed by Solution Groups with delegates, where positive actions were reached and shared. The speakers were Adem Holness, Amy Haynes, Jonathan Westrup, and Gary Spruce.

Taking Off Conference - International Music Education Exchanges

Jim Pinchen, Surrey Music Hub, delivered a workshop at Taking Off – this year’s Challenging Circumstances Music Network conference – on international music education exchanges, where he shared his learning from six months spent in Mexico.

Young Researcher Case Study - Shakira

Shakira presents two progression case studies – the first tells the story of John, a Raw Sounds participant. The second is Shakira’s own journey.

Young Researcher Case Study - Lilly

Lilly used her case study to profile Kali – an artist and performer from Heart n Soul – and showcases Kali’s progression journey in this film.

Young Researcher Case Study - Scarlett

“My name is Scarlett and I am a London based musician (keys and backing vocals). I was asked to make a short clip by Sound Connections documenting my journey regarding this year thus far. I am working with Sound Connections in collaboration with Kinetika Bloco and have been for the last few months. I am not a professional film editor by any means, but I thought it would be a better way to scratch the surface on my year as I am more of a visual person. It documents the beginnings of my journey, and I hint at some of the things I’ve been up to and hope to achieve. I hope you enjoy it.”

Scarlett Stewart - Case Study

Young Researcher Case Study - Adem

Adem writes about a focus group session for Wired4Music members, focusing on what meaningful progression looks like for young musicians aged 16-25 in London.

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: Gov.uk - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)