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topGlobal Newsletter-Summer 2009
Lifting the layers
CPD for teachers
5 World Environment Day
15 National Refugee Week

4 International day of Cooperatives
World Population Day

9 Int' Day for World's Indigenous People
12 International Youth Day
23 Int" Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade
30 Day of the Disappeared

8 Int'l Literacy Day
Ozone Day
21 Int'l Day of Peace
26 Int'l Day of Languages
27 World Tourism Day

1 Int' Day of Older Persons
1 Black History Month
4 World Animal Day
5 World Habitat Day
8 World Sight Day

16 World Food Day
17 Int' Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 One World Week
24 United Nation Day

10 World Science Day for Peace and Development

11 Armistice Day
16 Int" Day for Tolerance
20 Universal Children's Day

1 World AIDS Day
2 Int' Day for the Abolition of Slavery
2 Int" Day of Person's with Disabilities
5 Int' Volunteer Day

10 Human Rights Day
18 Int' Migrants Day
For further information contact Julie on:
tel: 01227 459 243
Email: Julie Larner

To find out how we can help you to programme workshops and events to mark any calendar events, please contact us or visit our website at
The Following packages can be delivered through residencies in schools and community settings:

Safe and Sound
KS2 +

Workshops for and about Asylum seekers - i.e. raising awareness of who they are and why they may come here.

Silence the Violence
Upper KS2 +

(specifically the transition period)
Tackling the problem of gun and knife crime and gang culture in an innovative and creative way.  

Eat to the Beat
All ages

Healthy eating awareness-raising through comparisons between food we eat in England and food eaten in other countries and cultures.  

Calypso Cleanup
KS2 +

Awareness-raising of environmental issues through calypso song-writing.

Sound Subjects
All ages

Creativity in the curriculum - working with teachers to use the music and the arts to introduce, develop and revise national curriculum subjects.

World Wide Words

Increasing boy's literacy skills through storytelling, percussion and songwriting.  Not artist specific.  
Building Friendships
KS2 +

Refugee and community integration for schools with either a refugee population or a large number of newly arrived pupils. Includes work on celebrating similarities and differences, as well as issues that arise through attempting community integration.  

Tablas, Tala and Trees
KS1 +

Raising awareness of the environment and interdependency through Indian Dance through storytelling and Indian percussion.

Welcome to our Summer edition of the Music for Change newsletter!  This season we're bringing you updates from all of our departments: Education and Community, Events and Projects. So whatever your interest you'll be sure to find relevant information about how Music for Change can work with you to add a lively, culturally diverse theme to your programme of activities.

New Director atRosco Jones
Music for Change

Rosco Jones arrived as the Director of Music for Change
on 5 April 2009.

Rosco was previously Director of Bath & North East Somerset Racial Equality Council for six years, where he worked with other RECs in the South West region to influence the Ofcom ruling upon Channel 4 around the Big Brother/Shilpa Shetti/Jade Goody incident.

Educated at the University of Wales and Nottingham Trent University, the other leadership roles Rosco has occupied over the last ten years are: Trust Manager at Fast Track Ltd, Bristol and Centre Manager at Leeds West Indian Centre. Rosco also had an earlier key arts role as Arts Programmer at Kuumba Project, Bristol.

His hobbies are Hill Walking, Jazz, Theatre and Social History and he lives with his wife and their three children in Somerset.

"Dear readers, I wanted to introduce myself and say thanks to Mark Johnson-Brown (the outgoing Chief Executive) for helping with my induction in the first few weeks - we wish him well in his new endeavours." more...

Rosco Jones
Music for Change
April 2009


World Music Matters Artist Development
Global Learning through Music, Dance & Story for Artists in Education

Music for Change is once again running its successful university accredited professional development course for artists in education.

The course dates: 27th-31st July Venue: Abacus Arts, London SE17


For more information contact: Donna Murphy


Take part in an Indian dancegoa
Dance Workshop in Goa

with our associate artist
Sujata Banerjee

contact details and more about the workshop...

DfID wmmWorld Music Matters (WMM)
It's been a busy few months for the project with more artists' residencies in schools, professional development with teachers and other community organisation leaders and a planned artist development programme this coming Summer. Below is a roundup of some of the activities:

amakingwavesMaking Waves at Hollymount Primary
Y5 pupils at Hollymount Primary School in Merton SW20 had the chance to work with 'H' Patten to create a dance piece around the theme of water. Y5 teacher Rachel Osbourne said   "It was great to be able to incorporate the work that I have been teaching on (Water) and then work with 'H' to put it into practice."
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"During the performance I noticed that the less confident children were extremely confident when reading their stores, which is fantastic!"

Rachel Osborne Y5 Teacher -
Hollymount Primary School, Merton.

bliftingLifting the Layers on the Fashion Industry at Northfleet School for Girls    

Back in March Sujata Banerjee and Celia Wickham-Anderson worked with Y8 students to explore the global fashion industry through music and dance. The project culminated in a performance for visitors from Age Concern Gravesend, where the girls had a chance to showcase the songs and dance pieces developed with the artists and share their learning around the global fashion industry. Kent and the Wider World provided valuable input around ethical issues relating to fashion.

creellivesReel Lives Cheddington
Years 1 & 3 at Cheddington Combined School Leighton Buzzard worked with Usifu Jalloh to explore universal themes of food and clothes. Usifu shared stories, songs, games and dance from Sierra Leone, the UK and beyond. The teachers worked with our Reel Lives: Sierra Leone DVD to provide a background for the children to discover mutual interests with the children featured on the DVD, and consider how their lives differed. The children produced some fantastic art work and put on an impressive showcase for parents and carers. This residency was run in partnership with Aylesbury Development Education Centre

dcpdWorld Music Matters CPD for Teachers and Community Project Leaders
MfC collaborated with TIDE~ (Teachers in Development Education) Birmingham on their course for teachers to explore global learning with visiting artists. The days' course was very well attended and generated lots of ideas and strategies for sustaining the impact of visiting artists and linking in to global learning.

For more information about this and other themed packages contact Donna on tel: 01227 459243
or email: Donna Murphy

PulsePulse Project
In March Music For Change formed a partnership with Connexions Canterbury to coach local young people in putting on live musical events.

Future Creative has funded eight cultural organisations throughout Kent to support young people in leading their own festivals and events. This initiative is known as "Pulse"

Pulse partnerships present a big challenge: for the partner organisations to overcome the limitations of their business model, to provide young people new employment and training opportunities.

Along with assisting the 12 young people aged 16-19 to put on their own events, the Pulse Project instils life-skills, decision-making skills, and provides exposure to the world of work and to employers.

By the end of April, these are some of the things that the group had achieved:
  • Learning how to work within a group.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Negotiation skills - visits to venues.
  • Confidence-building activities.
  • Music history - to identify the crossover and relationship between World Music and Urban Music, helping the young people to gain a perspective beyond their chosen musical style of Hip-Hop.
The Pulse Project is funded by Future Creative, and in Canterbury it is run by Pulse Co-ordinator Lorraine Lougher, Connexions Manager David Jenner, and MFC Director Rosco Jones.

For more information contact: Rosco Jones

midMID Community Exchange in Dovermid

In April MfC ran a successful community exchange in Dover in partnership with Music in Detention and the Dover Immigration Removal Centre.  The exchange enabled participants from the YMCA teen Café and the PACE youth group for Eastern European young people to learn about life at the Immigration Removal Centre, what it means to be an asylum seeker, and to share songs and lyrics with current detainees.  With the help of 'H' Patten, Ed Parsons and Paul Barrett, the young people explored issues such as stereotypes and popularity, as well as what it feels like to move to another country.  At the end of the exchange the two groups came together to hear a song written by the detainees and to share the songs that they had written. The next community exchanges will take place in Dover in November and January.

For more information contact: Julie Larner

carnivalCARNIVAL '59/'09
alexdgreat2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest Caribbean street festival. The first carnival was held in St. Pancras Town Hall in 1959, with 2,000 participants. It now attracts up to 2 million people.
Working with Music for Change, the BBC's Calypsonian in residence Alexander D. Great presents CARNIVAL '59/'09 to explore the story of carnival and Alexander's life as a calypso singer.  
Participants will compose a calypso to be performed on the spot, and depending on the age of the group, wider issues surrounding the emergence of Notting Hill Carnival will also be explored. Sessions are geared towards Key Stages 2 and 3 but can be tailored to suit younger or older groups as required.

To book CARNIVAL '59/'09 in your museum, library or venue, please contact Peter or Mandy on 01227 459243 or email MfC for more information.     
Click here for more information on Alexander D. Great.

kentishKentish Song book
Sing-Up small

Music for Change has been working in partnership with Sing London on their Singing Histories project to create local songbooks for communities around the country.  We have collaborated with 4 local Folk artists led by Bob Kenward to compile 12 songs.  The Kentish Songbook was launched at the British Library on Monday 8 June and will be followed by a local launch during the Deal Maritime Folk Festival on September 18th at Deal Library.  Songs explore the sounds of Kentish markets, the tradition of hopping, local transport, farming life and the sea and is a useful resource for teachers.

For more information contact: Julie Larner

ramRAM Arts and Integration Initiative

ramartsMusic for Change is leading a regional initiative in partnership with Refugee Action and the Arts Council to promote RAM (Refugee, Asylum seeker and Migrant) arts, artists and integration in the South East.  In October, over 60 delegates came together for the first regional conference and plans were made to set up a collective group to move the initiative forwards.  The collective will establish a web page for the RAM Arts and Integration initiative to encourage new members networking and promotion of their projects.  The collective will also fundraise to set up an annual programme of RAM events

For more information contact: Julie Larner


livepaPulse Event 1
  "Live PA"

livepa"Live PA", a live MfC music event for young people took place at Orange Street Music Club Canterbury on Monday 8th June at 7:30pm.

This free event was organised by young people and targeted at 16-25 years olds. It featured some of the best hip-hop and drum & bass artists in Kent, and was attended by 50 members of the communitywho brought with them a good vibe, and plenty dancing by the end of the evening!

The line-up included Sweatbox Sounds with DJ Loop, Gut 1,Yosh, Slipper from the Rapskallions, Super Sounds with Terminology  Red and MC Zigga and the event was filmed for evaluation by Future Creative.

PULSE is funded and created by Future Creative, giving 8 cultural organisations in Kent an opportunity to work alongside and empower young people to manage public events.  PULSE has been awarded the 2012 Inspire mark.

Rosco Jones - Director

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