Welcome to Sound Sense – the UK professional association for community musicians

Connecting our Community

Join Sound Sense live online for our new series of monthly Gatherings for community musicians. Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month, this welcoming and open space provides us with the opportunity to connect as a community and to talk about what matters to us. Here we can share ideas, stories and experiences, ask for help, chat or simply listen. Sessions are hosted by Sound Sense members on Zoom and open to all who are interested and/or working in community music. There is no set agenda and no expectations. Just bring yourself and perhaps a cup and piece of something tasty! Our next Gathering is on Tuesday 2 February.  

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News & Views
15 January 2021
  • Inspiration, support and training to see in the new year
  • Our round up of funding opportunities for community music
  • Call out for the new Anthem Youth Music Forum for Wales
21 December 2020

The increasingly serious situation, with the start of new lockdowns and Tier 4 restrictions, sadly means that in-person community music activity is now not permitted or advisable in much of the UK.

DCMS guidance for performing arts activity involving non-professionals warns: "you should consider the case for proceeding (or not) with the activity given the wider health context in your area and the context of your participants, particularly if vulnerable individuals are involved."

Due to how quickly the situation has progressed, you should be aware that up to date detailed advice and guidance for all areas of music activity is not yet available. However we will continue to make regular updates to this page and sincerely hope that we may be able to share better news with you soon in 2021.

In the meantime, we strongly recommend online or remote delivery where at all possible. We recognise the huge challenges this situation presents for all community musicians, and warmly encourage you to connect with our community via our Gatherings, social media, and Bulletin Board newsletter for support, friendship and inspiration.

Courses & Events
10 February 2021
A practical training session for musicians of all genres, part of Spitalfields Music's Skills Lab: Creative Communities
11 February 2021 - 12 February 2021
Sound Connections is dedicating its 2021 two-day conference to diversifying the workforce in music education, as part of its promise and commitment to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion
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