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Music and Social Justice Network


The Music and Social Justice Network is a community of practitioners working with young people through music. The Network evolved from the Challenging Circumstances Music Network, founded and hosted by Sound Connections. In 2018 we changed the name and focus to get to the heart of social justice issues in music and the arts.

We host a number of Network gatherings per year, each one aimed at helping people understand social justice, and bring greater justice and equity to their work. As the host organisation we facilitate gatherings, invite inspiring guest speakers to present and share reading and resources. We also programme professional development and create new resources informed by the network.

So far we have looked at topics including power and privilege, racism and whiteness and intersectionality. In 2019 we welcomed Ciaran Thapar and Reveal as guest curators of the Network – they shared learning and insights from their Roadworks programme, which you can find out about here:

Coming up in 2020-21 we have a new series of events co-curated by Chrys Chijiutomi and the Sound Connections team. Through activities designed to help participants build deeper critical awareness and reflective practice, sessions will work towards breaking cycles of injustice in music education. Look out for news of the a taster session in our newsletter.

The Network includes a wide range of stakeholders from musicians and educators to charities, venues, community groups and organisers. The only criteria for getting involved is that you are working with children and young people in London through music. We hope there are different ways that you can join us: if your time is limited you are welcome to dip in and out as time allows.

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