An invitation on behalf of the international Music for Social Impact research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to participate in a survey of musicians in all parts of the UK who work, or have recently worked, in socially engaged settings.
The survey can be accessed directly at:
Musicians who might be interested in participating can find more information at:
Please feel free to share this link with others you think might be interested.
John Sloboda, Principal Investigator:
Our research, which began earlier this year, examines the growing number of participatory music-making activities being offered to groups around the world, defined by factors such as their social needs or deprivation. A press release about the project is here, and a report of the first scoping phase of the project can be downloaded here.
We now aim to go deeper and connect directly with musicians who have worked in this area “at the coal face” on a regular basis, so that their experiences and insights can more fully inform the wider community of practice, of commissioning and funding, and particularly of training.
Our study aims to provide insights for the following which are key for developing good practices, and absolutely vital for rebuilding in the new landscape created by the global pandemic:
- Training – how to support the development of resilient but reflective practitioners.
- Commissioning and funding – how to support monitoring and evaluation which allows for, and learns from, experimentation and failure.
- Creative development of best practice – through enhanced opportunities and frameworks for interprofessional knowledge exchange.