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Latest News - inportant information for Sound Sense members
21 August 2020
Colleagues across the UK and beyond are developing resources to help music practitioners plan activity and assess risk in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our role in the ArtWorks Alliance network for participatory arts, we are collating a toolkit of information, guidance and templates relevant to Sound Sense members.
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
08 September 2020
  • Your invitation to the 2020 Sound Sense online AGM
  • Nominate yourself for election to the Sound Sense Board
  • Congratulations to Rhian Hutchings, Anthem's first Chief Executive
Latest News - online gatherings for community musicians
31 August 2020
Join Sound Sense live online for our new series of Open Space gatherings for community musicians
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
06 August 2020
  • Sounding Board journal: our second digital issue is now online
  • More support to help you work safely as lockdown measures ease
  • Sound Sense board elections announced for Autumn 2020
Latest News - Would you like to influence how Sound Sense is run?
05 August 2020
Sound Sense is run for its members by its members - people like you who form the board of Sound Sense, writes chair Siggy Patchitt. Each year a number of board members have to retire, and this year there are places for four members available for election.
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
16 July 2020
  • Sound Sense Gatherings: connecting our community online
  • ICCM Student Research Symposium postponed until 2021
  • Important update on your Sound Sense public liability insurance
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
19 June 2020
  • Sound Sense awarded ACE emergency grant to maintain and grow ArtWorks Alliance
  • ISME Community Music Online Conference now open to all
  • Connect with others working with trauma-informed practice
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
21 May 2020
  • Government funding announced for charities and social enterprises
  • Soundcastle launches community space to support practitioner wellbeing
  • Sounding Board: a new digital format for the journal of community music
Latest News - invitation to participate in our student research symposium
14 May 2020
It's time to put together your submission for the 6th annual Community Music Student Research Symposium
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
22 April 2020
  • Call for papers: announcing our 6th Student Research Symposium
  • Pioneering new digital approaches to youth music delivery
  • DBS checks now fully online for Sound Sense members
Latest News - information and advice for community musicians
18 March 2020

We are operating under unprecedented circumstances, with a lot of uncertainty and the Sound Sense team and board are aware that this is impacting on the work of our members.

Our aim is to do what we can to support you in whatever way we can, so that when we come out the other side of this, we will continue to be a strong, functioning community of musicians.

This is a challenging time for all of us, but it is also a time of being creative, of connecting with others and of thinking outside of the box. The Sound Sense team will do our best to share the inventive ways our members find to deliver work during this time and to connect people up as best we can.

Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
05 March 2020
  • Job opportunities and CPD for community music practitioners
  • Connect with fellow members using our Find a Musician directory
  • Music and mental health: the next Music Education Council seminar
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
12 February 2020
  • Join us in York for the 6th ICCM Student Research Symposium
  • Have your say as DfE launches consultation for national music plan
  • University of Leeds launches Centre for Cultural Value partnership
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
22 January 2020
  • Sounding Board journal celebrates an amazing 30 years
  • Last chance to book your ticket for TTCM 2020
  • Our pick of the new year's jobs, training and conferences
Latest News - online learning for Sound Sense members
16 January 2020
10% discount for Sound Sense members on selected Child Protection Company courses
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
14 December 2019
  • Mapping youth music provision in Wales
  • Jobs, training and networking opportunities for community musicians
  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
15 November 2019
  • Announcing five new Board members for Sound Sense
  • New, improved DBS check service for our members
  • Research partnership invites you to participate
Latest News - invitation to participate in new research
14 November 2019
Sound Sense has joined forces with University of Sheffield and fellow research partners University of York St John, SoundLincs, Free University of Bolzano and Kenyatta University, Nairobi in a research project to assess the social impact of community music activities. We would love any member of a community music organisation to take part in this project and help us map activity taking place.
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
10 October 2019
  • Booking is now open for Training the Community Musician 2020
  • Everybody welcome at the Sound Sense AGM on 7 November
  • Take your place on the Music for Dementia map
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
12 September 2019
  • Call for submissions for the 34th ISME World Conference
  • Nominate yourself to join the Sound Sense Board of Directors
  • Our pick of the jobs, events and training on offer this Autumn
Sound Sense Blog - Zoe Konez, community musician and Sound Sense board member
10 September 2019
Find out why you should consider standing for election for the Sound Sense Board of Directors
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
13 August 2019
  • Training the Community Musician full report published
  • Your chance to influence how Sound Sense is run
  • Jobs, training and resources for community music practitioners
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
19 July 2019
  • ISME World Conference call for submissions
  • Reporting from the MEC Summer Seminar
  • Follow us on Instagram @soundsenseuk
Latest News - training from Drake Music
09 July 2019
Drake Music has launched this exciting one-day training course as part of its Think22 programme
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
21 June 2019
  • Training the Community Musician 2020 - save the date!
  • Book now for MEC seminar on priorities for the music education sector
  • Scroll down for a bumper crop of jobs and training opportunities
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
22 May 2019
  • Call for contributions: ICCM student research symposium
  • Jobs for practitioners in Lincoln, London and Republic of Ireland
  • Plan your CPD for this summer and into the academic year ahead
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
29 April 2019
  • Announcing the 5th Annual ICCM Student Research Symposium
  • Boost your professional practice with our online safeguarding training
  • Have your say in our 2019 Sound Sense Member Survey
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
14 March 2019
  • Training the Community Musician: the conversation continues
  • Safeguarding training now available online for Sound Sense members
  • Community music job opportunities in Kirklees, Bristol and York
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
16 February 2019
  • Music education on a cliff edge? State of the Nation full report released
  • A Restless Art: read François Matarasso's new book on participatory art
  • Training, conferences, jobs and resources for community musicians
Latest News - Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, University of Sussex and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
07 February 2019
This new report, authored by Dr Alison Daubney (University of Sussex), Gary Spruce (Birmingham City University) and Deborah Annetts (ISM), asks serious questions regarding the direction of travel of current education policy
Useful Link - opportunity to share and connect
29 January 2019
Voluntary Arts has launched a map of creative programmes and projects across the UK, for people looking for creative activities, and groups and projects wanting to connect with others in their areas
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
17 January 2019
  • Book now for our Training the Community Musician symposium
  • Download the latest report on the benefits of music in care homes
  • Plan for 2019 with our roundup of jobs, training, events and resources for community music practitioners
Latest News - Innovate Programme and IMPACT Bursary Programme
17 January 2019
Sound Connections, a Sound Sense member, is inviting applications for two programmes for 2019 to support music projects for children and young people in London
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
15 December 2018

In this issue:

  • Welcoming three new Board members for Sound Sense
  • Professor Lee Willingham to open our Training the Community Musician Symposium
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019 to all our members
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
09 November 2018

In this issue:

  • Booking open for Sound Sense's Training Community Musician Symposium in Aberdeen
  • New research looks at the value of music activities for young parents leaving care
  • Free online access to Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement
Sound Sense Blog - Siggy Patchitt, Head of the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence at Bristol Music Trust
07 November 2018
Sound Sense chair Siggy Patchitt looks out over the music education landscape
Latest News - soundLINCS
07 November 2018
Young parents who are leaving the care of Local Authority Children’s Services can be supported by musical activities, soundLINCS’ new evidence suggests.
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
12 October 2018

In this issue:

  • Sound Sense launches new corporate plan, Community Music Everywhere
  • Have your say in our new & emerging leaders stakeholder survey
  • Partnership Agreement template for Sound Sense members
Sound Sense Blog - Tim Palmer, Head of Music Education at Trinity Laban
17 September 2018
Sound Sense board member Tim Palmer explores the common ground between diverse musical contexts
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
07 September 2018

In this issue we celebrate our wonderful Sound Sense board members: Bela, Sarah, Paul, Marina, Tim, Graham, Jess, Adele, Siggy, Zoe, Rosie and Simon. Read about how you can join them in our forthcoming elections.

Also we announce the first in a series of symposiums, Training the Community Musician, taking place next year in Aberdeen.

Sound Sense Blog - Jess Abrams
06 September 2018
Vocalist and community music practitioner Jess Abrams on why she became a member, and then a Board member, of Sound Sense
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
15 August 2018

In this issue:

  • Help us put community music practice on the map - your responses needed for major MU research project looking at the state of music education in the UK
  • MEC autumn seminar "Nurturing a sustainable music education workforce"
  • TMF's new code of practice and quality framework

Useful Link - Sound Connections
08 August 2018
On 29 June Sound Connections, a Sound Sense member, led a training day titled ‘Beyond Diversity’ at Amnesty International UK. Sound Connections Programme Coordinator, Tej Adeleye, reflects upon the day and considers how we might discuss these issues, find solutions and create true change in our places of work.
Latest News - FreeMoveCreate
31 July 2018
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), co-founder of FreeMoveCreate, has launched a report this morning in Westminster on Musicians and Brexit
Latest News - Creative Scotland funding
30 July 2018
The Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme offers grants to organisations and individuals to create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for young people
Latest News - Certificate for Music Educators
11 July 2018
Morley College London is delighted to announce that it has been successfully validated by Trinity College London to offer the Certificate for Music Educators (CME) from January 2019
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
11 July 2018

In this issue:

  • Greetings to colleagues in Tbilisi and Baku
  • Public liability insurance for Sound Sense members - important update
  • Mental health helpline for musicians, and much more

Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
21 June 2018

In this issue:

  • The Ethics of Community Music Research 2018 - call for contributions
  • Major reports launched into music education in Wales
  • All the latest community music conferences, training and job opportunities

Latest News - Report from the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
14 June 2018
A new national body should be responsible for delivering music services across Wales according to a new report from the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
Latest News - Axisweb Models of Validation Project
13 June 2018
Axisweb is offering Social Works - a range of funding opportunities designed to promote connection and communication between people involved in socially engaged artistic practice
Sound Sense Blog - Simon Glenister, Noise Solution Ltd
04 June 2018
Sound Sense Board member, Simon Glenister, on why measuring shouldn't be an afterthought
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
31 May 2018

In this issue:

  • Take our member survey into SEN and Music Technology
  • Mapping non-formal music provision in London
  • Jobs for music practitioners, project managers and more

Sound Sense Blog - Paul Weston, Laboratory Media Education
09 May 2018
Sound Sense Board member Paul Weston describes his work as a Community Musician in this Sound Sense Blog post
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
27 April 2018

In this issue:

  • The Music Commission evidence gathering - how to have your say
  • Improved public liability insurance cover for Sound Sense members
  • Join in with Make Music Day 2018

Latest News - call out for partners for new national and international network
24 April 2018
Co-creating Change, led by Battersea Arts Centre, is looking for partners to help build a new national and international network to explore the role which producers, cultural organisations and artists can play to co-create change with community partners.
Useful Link - networking app for artists and educators
16 April 2018
Arts Active Trust (a Sound Sense member) have launched this exciting new app to facilitate rewarding, lasting partnerships between the arts and education in Central South Wales
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
23 March 2018

In this issue:

  • ICCM Student Symposium 2018 call for contributions
  • National Alliance for Culture, Health & Wellbeing launch
  • Sign up to the Music Education Code of Practice

Latest News - English Folk Song and Dance Society
09 March 2018
EFDSS is offering Creative Seed Funding for new and emerging folk artists, and a Bursary and Residency Programme for established artists
Latest News - Acheiving positive health outcomes via community-centred approaches
07 March 2018
Public Health England has produced Health Matters, a new resource focusing on the concept and practice of community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing
Latest News - London Arts in Health Forum
26 February 2018
Register your community music event by the end of March to be included in LAHF's 2018 celebration of arts and health
Latest News - AGE UK research findings
23 February 2018
New research creating an index of wellbeing in later life has found that creative and cultural participation provided the greatest contribution to wellbeing of all the factors considered
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
23 February 2018

In this issue:

  • Update from Artworks Alliance
  • ISME announces new grants and awards
  • Jobs for tutors, directors, coordinators, composers and more

Latest News - Music and Dementia
24 January 2018
This new report summarises the work of the Commission on Dementia and Music, set-up and coordinated by ILC-UK, with support from The Utley Foundation
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
18 January 2018
In this issue:
  • Sound Sense launches Coaching for Creative Teams
  • Early Years music conferences in Scarborough and London
  • Big Conversation results show the positive impact of participating in creative activity
Useful Link - Sound Sense launches new professional development strand
18 January 2018

From February 2018, our new "Coaching for Creative Teams" scheme will be open to anyone working in community music practice who wants to develop a specific project or business idea.

Coaching sessions will  be run by Sound Sense director Åsa Malmsten, an experienced creative producer and coach with many years experience of leading creative teams through commissioning processes and business development.

Latest News - Big Conversation 2017 results
11 January 2018
Voluntary Arts’ survey attracted over 1000 responses from people across the UK and Ireland and demonstated overwhelming optimism from those actively participating in creative activity
Latest News - IMPACT Programme
08 January 2018
On 31 January, Sound Connections will be launching its new IMPACT Programme, designed to support individuals and organisations to develop evaluation and impact measurement capacity, skills and tools
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
21 December 2017

In this issue:

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!
  • Resources to help you get ready for GDPR
  • The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (30% discount code)

Video - TEDx talk
20 December 2017
SoundLINCS's Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE makes the case for community music
Latest News - Family Arts Campaign
18 December 2017
Are you Fantastic for Families? Whether you are a venue, an artist or a company, you can apply for a national Fantastic for Families Award. Deadline for entries is 10 January 2018.
Latest News - Think2020 Paper
12 December 2017
This new research paper from Drake Music shows that the music education sector can, and does, employ disabled people, but also that there is significant room for growth
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
29 November 2017

In this issue:

  • A warm welcome to five new Board members for Sound Sense
  • Celebrating 20 years of Hands & Voices, AAM's flagship singing and signing choir
  • Tools and resources to help you with Quality
Latest News - Creative Scotland
13 November 2017
Creative Scotland has published new research into the impact of taking part in creative programmes on young people
Useful Link - latest news from ISME
13 November 2017
All ISME members are invited to submit nominations for the positions of President Elect and ISME Board member for the 2018-2020 term. These are important positions through which individuals can help shape the future of ISME. Commitment to attend Board meetings is essential, and funding is available to enable this. Closing date for nominations is 15 January 2018.
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
30 October 2017

In this issue:

  • Join us in York for our Student Research Conference
  • Book now for the next MEC seminar looking at the future for music education
  • It's time to vote for your Board of Trustees

Latest News - HMUK campaign
25 October 2017
Music students should study the impact of mental health challenges on professional musicians to better prepare them for a career in the industry, charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has argued
Useful Link - National Open Youth Orchestra feasibility study executive summary now available
18 October 2017
The launch of the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO), the first ever national disabled-led youth orchestra, is a significant moment in music education history. Sound Connections, a Sound Sense member, has now released the Executive Summary of the NOYO Feasibility Study.
Latest News - Funding for music projects
10 October 2017
Youth Music's Fund B grant programme is now open for applications, and Fund A will be opening soon
Latest News - Arts & Health
09 October 2017
NCVO hopes a new guide it has co-produced will help bodies commissioning health and wellbeing services work more closely with arts and culture organisations to prevent illness and improve existing conditions
Latest News - Email your local MP
27 September 2017
Do it now: email your local MP to tell them about your work and encourage them to attend this debate on 11 October
Bulletin Board - the monthly community music newsletter for Sound Sense members
25 September 2017

In this issue:

  • Resources to inspire music in care homes
  • New approaches to traditional music education
  • Your opportunity to join Sound Sense's Board of Management

Latest News - Connect: Resound
NYMAZ logo
04 September 2017
Sound Sense member NYMAZ awarded funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to extend innovative online music education project, Connect: Resound
Latest News - landmark report launched
Report
24 August 2017
Our partnership project, A Choir in Every Care Home, is cited in this report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts Health and Wellbeing
Latest News - Campaign
#FreeMoveCreate logo
15 August 2017
Sound Sense is supporting the #FreeMoveCreate campaign to protect freedom of movement for everyone working in the creative industries
Latest News - Applications invited for the Music Education Awards 2017
MEC logo
03 August 2017
The Music Education Awards aim to promote many forms of excellent music education provision and provide a platform for music services and hubs across the UK to celebrate their good work.
Video - Report and Video
31 May 2017
These online resources from the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health set out the findings from the Lambeth and Southwark Singing and COPD Project

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