What We Do

We are a membership organisation that provides support to organisations and individuals who help people make music in their communities - through leading music workshops and teaching - by providing these services:

Publications: Sounding Board

Sounding Board, the journal for community music, is published quarterly by Sound Sense. The journal reports on the latest news from across the community music sector, including articles written by community musicians. The journal reflects on community music practice in the UK and abroad, and aims to encouraging dialogue and share best practice, advocacy and policy.

The journal is available in paper format, and is included in our membership offers. Members will also be able to download a copy from the members area of this site.

Publications: Bulletin Board

We publish a monthly newsletter, Bulletin Board, available to our members as a member benefit. The newsletter includes the latest information on advocacy and policy changes, as well as jobs listings, conferences and CPD opportunities, all to help you stay in touch with the latest news. Join Sound Sense here

Tools and Resources:

As a member benefit, we have pulled together a comprehensive tools and resources section, available to our members. In this section, you will be able to find help and advice on project development and management, funding and reporting advice, evaluation tools, lesson plans and risk assessment templates and much more. Not a member? Join Sound Sense here


Our membership scheme provides great benefits for those working in community music including:

  • free public liability insurance
  • access to CRB checks
  • free and discounted publications
  • regular magazines and newsletters
  • information and advice on anything from funding help to child protection issues
  • free or discounted professional development events

Information and advice

We give support for those running music projects for all ages and communities. We also provide information about sources of funding for projects, advice on how to contact skilled community musicians, and give guidance on issues such as child protection. And much more.

Contact us with your queries.

Advocacy and lobbying

Sound Sense plays a key role in reporting on projects that deal with major issues. Our research reports, information packs and journals, and advocacy activities enable those working in community development, regeneration, health and education to see the benefits of community music in their field of work. And community music workers themselves learn from each other's experiences.

To find the latest news from our lobbying and advocacy campaigns please go to the dedicated advocacy and lobbying area.

Professional development

At our area gatherings - professional development events held through the UK - participants can develop their skills in running workshops.

To view the latest Events & Courses please click here. Please note some of these events & courses are for members only and you will need to login to access all the information.

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