Welcome to Sound Sense

We are the UK professional association for community musicians. Since 1990, we have been proud to support, promote, and advocate for the many creative, highly-skilled and hardworking practitioners who make up the vibrant community music sector here in the UK and abroad. As a membership organisation, we welcome both individuals and organisations to join us, and offer a range of specially tailored membership packages, designed to benefit you in your practice. These include:

  • Public Liability Insurance cover
  • Access to enhanced DBS checks
  • Job, funding and professional development opportunities
  • Quarterly Sounding Board magazine, the journal of community music
  • Free advertising for your work in our publications and online presence
  • Listing in our ‘Find a Musician’ directory
  • Being plugged in to the community music network, offering opportunities for peer support and sharing practice

We are a community

Being a member of Sound Sense offers the reminder that you are not alone on your community music journey - we understand it can sometimes feel that way. You are part of a family of 800 practitioners and organisations, experiencing similar challenges and triumphs through your work to bring music-making to the lives of people and communities for positive social change.


The images used in the banner have been kindly shared with permission by our members. From left to right:

Wishing Well Music for Health
Oi Musica (with its Big Brass Blast group)
Xidus Pain
Music for Wellbeing


Sounding Board

Sounding Board is our quarterly journal and a much loved part of our offer. For over 30 years we have shared news, stories and research to promote and support the development of community music practice in the UK and beyond. Recent issues have explored themes such as Arts & Health, Alternative Education, Participant Voices, and International Perspectives. You can read a sample issue by clicking the button below. A complete set of back issues to 2016 is available online to Sound Sense members at soundsense.org/resources-and-publications

Sound Sense is run by its members for its members. Meet our Board and staff team here.
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Find a Musician
You can look for specific people or organisations, those working in particular areas of the country, or by key words.
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