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Reaching Out Conference: Unheard Voices

More Music and Brighter Sound present the Reaching Out Network’s 2019 conference for practitioners and managers working with children and young people in challenging circumstances.

Join us at Yes Manchester for a stimulating and inspiring day of discussion, provocation, performance and practice sharing with leaders across the sector from the North West and beyond.


An inspiring and informative one-day music education conference that asks ‘whose voices aren’t being heard?’

Unheard Voices will interrogate, challenge and stimulate the national conversation around what being musically inclusive really means.

Aimed at anybody who plans, manages or delivers inclusive music activity for children and young people across the North West, the day will feature a brave and frank set of discussions that will leave us with a clear idea of who is missing from our work, and what we can do to reach and include them.

With provocations and contributions from a range of speakers including:

Matt Griffiths (Chief Executive, Youth Music)
SICK! Festival
Ruby-Ann Patterson (Multidisciplinary artist)
Sam Malik (Contact Theatre)
Steve Oates (Plugged In)
Phill Howley (Musician and facilitator)
David Sebuyange aka DAYZY (Artist)
Sarah Angel (Artist)
More to be announced…

Sessions will include:

Generation Phone – The Problem’s Not Them. It’s Us.

The effects of technology on young people are constantly portrayed as negative. But have we got this wrong? Have we just failed to keep up over the last decade? And are we now excluding young people if we don’t embrace new technology?

Music and Mental Health

How can the arts and culture support young people with their emotional well-being and mental health? This session will explore how creative engagement can function alongside therapeutic and psychological interventions.

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