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The final event in a series of six online weekly workshops to support people working in the modern world of music facilitation, delivered in partnership with Arc.

Led by Brighter Sound and featuring special guests, this workshop will include:

  • Joe Harrison-Greaves sharing his experience of working with Jessie’s Fund to support children and young people with profound or multiple learning difficulties
  • Balraj Samrai sharing how he has been able to deliver engaging music production sessions within FE and formal education
  • Holly Phelps sharing her methods for engaging non-formal groups out of school time
  • Ashley Murphy sharing how he has delivered SEND sessions for More Music
  • An opportunity to bring your own question, concern or challenge to the session to talk through with our guests and others

Who this is for

Open to people at all levels of experience, these workshops are aimed at facilitators currently working, or looking to work, within informal, creative and inclusive music practice. They’ll be especially useful for anyone interested in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through music. Youth workers or mental health practitioners with an interest in music are also welcome to attend.


Pay what you can. Suggested cost is £5. We know this is a challenging time for freelancers and the wider music industry, so please only pay what you can, if anything. We’re more interested in you coming along to share the learning experience.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com

If the workshop has sold out and you would like to attend, please click here to join a waiting list.

About the speakers

Joe Harrison-Greaves is a musician, facilitator, project manager and consultant whose work focuses on social change through creativity and education. His work in education began as a professional musician working in a wide variety of community and education settings. Over many years and many projects as a musical director and facilitator, this developed into practice and consultancy around the role of creativity in education. Joe’s work with the Slow Education movement was cited by internationally acclaimed creative education adviser and campaigner Sir Ken Robinson in his book, Creative Schools (2015). Joe now specialises in working with children and young people with complex needs. During Covid he has worked with organisations such as Jessie’s Fund and The Amber Trust to develop online resources and approaches to working with children and young people with complex needs. Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeSlowHG

Balraj Samrai is a Producer, DJ, Educator & Director, and one of the founding members of Manchester’s Swing Ting party (est. 2008) and record label (est. 2014) – profiled by the Guardian, Resident Advisor, FACT magazine & Bandcamp Daily. He has been a guest on BBC Asian Network, Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC 6 Music as well as co-hosting a radio show on NTS Live. He’s released on record labels such as Unknown to the Unknown, Don’t Be Afraid, Keysound, Niche N Bump, Night Slugs & Fat City, performing, recording & delivering workshops all over Europe as well as Canada, Colombia, Armenia, India, Thailand and Jamaica. Balraj currently lectures at BIMM Music college in Manchester. Follow Balraj on Twitter @deejaysamrai

Holly Phelps is a songwriter and artist performing under that alias IORA. She is a current resident artist at the Roundhouse in London supported by the PRS Women Make Music Fund. Holly’s work as an arts facilitator has been with a wide variety of client groups and she has worked in a range of settings. Follow Holly on Twitter @IORAmusic

Ashley Murphy is a project manager and music leader at More Music (moremusic.org.uk). He runs the workforce development programme which involves networks, strategy groups and training opportunities. He also works as a music leader running rap and music production workshops across the north west in pupil referral units, SEN schools and community centres. He is also currently developing schemes of work in beatboxing and lyric writing for schools.