These are some of the questions our new Fund B Youth Music project, for which we were delighted to be awarded funding for earlier this year, seeks to address. We will be developing at least 4 new strands of work which seek to reach out to young people that currently are not engaging with our music education hub.
We are also keen to hear your ideas: if you have particular thoughts, please do get in touch via email@example.com
Below is a summary of how the project will shape up.
The first stage of our programme is to develop a new Strategy for Musical Inclusion for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Music Education Hub, which SoundStorm leads. This will identify obstacles to participation for certain groups of young people, and recommend areas where we could be doing more.
Through the Strategy, we will identify the 4 priority strands around which we can develop new lines of project work targeting priority groups of young people; plus, crucially, new key principles that the Hub will adhere to moving forward. This will impact all of our Music Hub activities moving forward.
The strategy is being developed by external consultant Dr Phil Mullen, a highly respected authority in this area, and Phil is interviewing SoundStorm staff and our Hub’s many stakeholders in order to come up with recommendations for the new Strategy.
Consultations and research are currently ongoing (summer 2020) with a first draft Strategy due to be completed in October 2020. It should be ready to be published by the end of the calendar year. CPD for staff will follow, to embed the lessons we learn in everything we do. An action plan arising from the strategy will settle on areas of practical work in which we will develop activities.
Once the Strategy is complete, practical areas of work will follow in 2021-22. These are some areas we have already identified as potential areas for new project work, but these could change, dependent on what Phil finds in his research:
The project work will take place over an 18 month period starting in spring 2021.
Findings from all of the 4 project strands will be shared at the conclusion of each project, online, in blogs, via this website, in networks, and via conferences/sharing sessions. We want our findings to have a positive impact as widely as possible.
Please keep checking in back here, as this page will be updated as the project progresses.
We are working with a number of partners on the project, including Dr. Phil Mullen, Dorset Music Hub, DAISI, YMCA, Absolute Music Trust, BCP Council Early Years team, and more.
We are extremely grateful to Youth Music and BCP Council for funding the project.