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Sent: 27 April 2010 16:48
Subject: Music for Change - Global Newsletter Summer 2010
topGlobal Newsletter - Summer 2010

Rosco Jones
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Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of our newsletter!
Our first full season of programmed live musical events was launched in February - we are now in the process of programming our Summer Season of live musical events see below.

Staff changes
We have recruited Artistic Director, Project Manager and Fundraiser who will be developing and expanding our artistic programmes even further. According to the Charities Commission, more than half of charities in England and Wales have been hit by the recession. We too at Music for Change are having to introduce measures to protect our work and funding and will be re-structuring our team over the next few weeks. In addition, Julie Larner, our Projects Development Manager, will be leaving her part-time position with us to take up a full time post - from all the staff and Trustees, thanks very much for all your help Julie!
Global Bandstand
We are currently fundraising to bring back the very popular Global Bandstand free Summer Festival in 2010.  As ever, we welcome sponsorship and volunteering to help make this the success it has always been. 
Relocation Plans
We can now announce that we will be moving into a self-contained unit at The Chaucer Technology School, Spring Lane, Canterbury in May - please watch this space for our official Open Day as well as Visioning Days when we will be working with local community groups as part of the next phase of organisational growth. We will also be running regular workshops and musical events and musicians and community groups will be able to hire rehearsal and practice rooms on an hourly basis. Music for Change is a registered charity and we are seeking help from the community - financial or in kind through sponsorship or volunteering - to help with the decoration and preparation of our new location. We are very grateful to local organizations who have already donated some office equipment and we would also welcome musical instruments as well as kitchen and catering materials. 
Plans for Developing Local Musical Talent
Finally, we will be launching our plans for developing Kent-based musical talent - this will present opportunities for local fledgling musicians to work with us and to gain exposure for their work.
We welcome your input to this new programme and you can telephone 01227 459243 or email Rosco_at_musisforchange_dot_org for further details.
Have a happy Summer!
Rosco Jones - Director - Music for Change
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Nick Williamson
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New Artistic Director for Music for Change

It is with pleasure that I write a few lines as the brand new Artistic Director of Music for Change.  I look forward to getting out and about and witnessing all the fabulous work created by and for our community.
I have a long background as a professional musician since growing up in Kent - working as a piano player, musical director, and educator in many fields, from the West End theatres of London to schools and other educational establishments at home and abroad.
I look forward to Music for Change continuing to offer high-quality art and educational and inspirational opportunities, whilst developing new directions and striving to reach an even greater number of people and communities.  There will be new live performance opportunities, our artist development program  will shortly be up and running, and all manner of exciting projects are currently being planned to thrill and engage locally and further afield.

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Chris Head
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In March we appointed Chris Head in the role of Education Project Manager, in which he will be overseeing Music For Change's ongoing projects and partnerships including, Sing Up, Music in Detention, Folkestone Forwards and Celebrating Sanctuary. In addition Chris will be developing work with new partners, driving further the educational potential of the organisation and our artists into schools, colleges and the wider community.

Chris's background lies in music broadcasting, educational project work and event management, producing and writing material for BBC Schools, GCSE Bitesize, Radio 1, The Learning Zone and The Open University, and co-ordinating live music events in southern England. Please do get in touch with him with any education enquiries!
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'H' Patten at Snodland Library
'H' Patten at Snodland Library
Music for Change continues to thrill with community workshops

Article from The Kent Messenger

THE beat of drums reverberated through a library during an African Caribbean Music Workshop.

The community event was organised by Nicky Delacey, Beat Project community outreach co-ordinator for Snodland, in association with the town's library.

More than 40 people, some with learning difficulties, went along to the session where they were able to enjoy the music and try out a range of instruments brought along by workshop leader, "H" Patten, from Music for Change.

Ms Delacey said the aim of the workshop had been to bring the community together and she was delighted with the reaction she had received afterwards. She said: "I have had so many calls from people saying how brilliant it was and how much they enjoyed it. "I thought it was brilliant and it was lovely to see everybody enjoying themselves together and having fun."

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Reel Lives Shanghai - New DVD Update

Reel Lives Shanghai DVD picAs reported in the last newsletter, Reel Lives Shanghai,
the 3rd in a series of educational DVDs is in production.

Thank you to all those who responded to our Reel Lives feedback questionnaire.

The final edits are being made to the DVD as we go to press...

Watch this space and the website for announcements about the DVD publication date.

Go to web page for more details

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World Music Matters
Artists' training course1Global Learning through Music and Dance
Artist Development
The last Global Learning for Artists' course of Music for Change's DfID-funded World Music Matters project took place in February. A fantastically diverse group of talented artists signed up for the course, bringing a vast range of experience, skills and talent to the mix.
Go to web page for more details


Sujata - TideJoint Artist & Teacher CPD Sessions
Visiting professional artists from, or influenced by, art forms from around the world, offer a rich and creative stimulus for learning with a global perspective, but such visits require careful planning to ensure they are embedded in the context of the learning and that negative stereotypes are not in advertently reinforced. Joint artist and teacher professional development sessions are a really good way to explore the contribution artists and the arts can make and are a valuable forum to discuss any concerns or potential pitfalls.
Go to web page for more details

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Big and Small Music Makers
Tim Davey at Sturry Pre-School
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Music for Change's 'Big and Small Music Makers' project started in early January 2010. It is funded by Canterbury Coastal and City & Country Local Children's Services Partnerships (LCSPs). The positive effect of music making in the early years is well documented; music helps stimulate learning and development within young children.

Go to web page for more details

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Pledge Project Update
Pupils in their traditional costume
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In June we launch Pledge 2, continuing the refugee-based work in eight Kent schools to develop understanding, critical thinking and reflection about refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Each school is allocated an artist who, over four sessions, will work together in creative learning techniques, music and visual and performed arts toward making their pledge. Find Your Talent  logo

Go to web page for more details

Pledge Project Web Report
Pledge project pic2Find Your Talent  logo

This can be viewed now online!

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summerprogrammeWe are currently planning our summer season programme of events which will include another series of free local concerts and a free mini-festival of World Music. We also have workshops and performances taking place as part of Medway's FUSE Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and Lounge on the Farm Festival. Watch this space for more information!

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Seckou Keita picSeckou Keita at Orange Street Music Club

Thursday 10th June
Tickets £9.50
Doors: 7:30 pm

Call: 01227 760801
Venue Address:
Orange Street Music Club
15 Orange Street
Kent CT1 2JA

Go to web page for more details
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Fuse Festival logo

Gumboot picRochester Outdoor Dance Day
(part of Medway's Fuse Festival)
Saturday 26th June, Rochester High Street

Zulu dance picKenny Mangena will be performing Gum Boot Dancing
and leading a Gum Boot Dance Workshop. Bring your wellies!
Kenny will also lead a Zulu Dance workshop.
Go to web page for more details

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Kent Sinfonia logoKent Sinfonia at The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
12th July

Kent Sinfonia pic Sinfonia's 28-piece orchestra performs 'The Birds and the Beasts', in conjunction with Music for Change's Big and Small project, for children ages 4-7 years in the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Go to web page for more details

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Broadstairs Folk Week logoBroadstairs Folk Week

Sunday 8th August
14.30 - 15.30 Zirak Hamad leads a
Middle Eastern Dance workshop
16.00 - 17.15 Kenny Mangena leads
Gum Boot Dance and Singing workshops
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30 - 21.30 Performances from Zirak Hamad and U'Zambezi
All Music for Change workshops and performances will be taking place at The Pavilion.
Go to web page for more details
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Herne Bay Festival logoLucky Moyo picHerne Bay Festival, Central Bandstand, Central Parade

Monday 23rd August
Lucky Moyo
10:30-12:00 Singing workshop
13:00-14:30 Gum Boot Dancing workshop
15:00-16:30 Singing workshop

Go to web page for more details

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springeventsMusic for Change's Spring Season of events concluded at the end of March with a buoyant and charismatic performance by Senegalese musician Laye Sow at Orange Street Music Club, Canterbury. With his three-piece band and guest singer, Maiuko, Laye was a roaring success and had the audience singing and dancing along with him to some beautiful World Music.
February was a busy month for Music for Change with a series of four free gigs in (sorely-missed) café/bar Coffee and Corks. Music from Brendan Power, Relig Oran, Universal Dread and Madam Molotoff gave audiences a taste of music from a variety of places including France, Belgium, Greece, the Balkans, the UK, and Africa. We were even treated to some New Zealand Blues!
Also during February, Music for Change worked in partnership on two projects with Canterbury Museums. The Year of the Tiger family fun day took place at Canterbury Museum in celebration of Chinese New Year. Regular Music for Change collaborator, MeiMei treated visitors to Chinese folk stories and ran Chinese folk-dance workshops over the course of the day. The History of the World event gave Music for Change collaborators, George Fiawoo and MeiMei an opportunity to educate children (and adults!) about historical artifacts and their cultural significance, whilst giving audiences a chance to hear traditional music and stories from West Africa and China.
In early March, Music for Change was able to raise just under £500 for the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal in Whitstable. Over the course of a day we held a series of fundraising events, working alongside musicians Samba Pelo Mar, U'Zambezi, Relig Oran, Téa Hodzic, Another Planet and High Life djs in order to raise funds for this worthy appeal. The Duke of Cumberland pub kindly gave us the use of their function room in which to hold workshops and an evening concert.
In March, Music for Change put on a gig at the Farmhouse, Canterbury. The Urban Folk Quartet left a great impression on the audience who enjoyed the band's unique fusion of Spanish, Arabic, South American and British music.

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