Workshops for Music Facilitators

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We’re hosting a series of online weekly workshops to support people working in the modern world of music facilitation. 

Workshops for Music Facilitators
21st October 2020

We’re hosting a series of online weekly workshops to support people working in the modern world of music facilitation. 

We’re hosting a series of online weekly workshops to support people working in the modern world of music facilitation. 

Delivered in partnership with Arc, one of the UK’s leading arts and mental health organisations, over six sessions we’ll cover a range of topics that respond to the current needs of music facilitators.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of how music can help people to manage their mental health and increase their wellbeing
  • Build confidence around facilitating music projects online for young people experiencing a range of mental health problems
  • Pick up ideas and practical tools for working online
  • Develop your understanding of safeguarding and setting boundaries in a workshop setting
  • Learn more about the latest evaluation methods for measuring impact on mental health
  • Meet other music facilitators and be part of a supportive network to help you develop your practice and overcome challenges

Who they’re 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.

When and where

Between 6 November and 11 December, workshops will take place on Friday mornings (10am-12pm). All sessions will be hosted online via Zoom. 


Pay what you can. Suggested cost is £5 per workshop. 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 and how to book

Scroll down to find out more about each of the six workshops.

Depending on your personal skills and interests, you can attend just one, a selection, or the whole series. Tickets for all six sessions can be booked by clicking the link below.

Click here to book

#1: Safe online delivery with young people – Fri 6 Nov – EVENT NOW PASSED

Led by Scott Lauchlan-Ford (42nd Street), this workshop will cover:

  • Some of the pressures faced by young people today, and the effects of lockdown and continued restrictions
  • Common mental health problems experienced by young people
  • A guide to working remotely with young people, including the importance of self care for staff
  • Tips on how to facilitate online groups with young people

Book here

#2: Music in hospital settings – Fri 13 Nov – EVENT NOW PASSED

Led by Ros Hawley (Lime Music for Health), this workshop will cover:

  • Ethical approaches to working with children and young people in hospital settings
  • The impact of COVID-19 and how to adapt sessions
  • Exploring practice through a journey of reflection
  • Key elements and approaches of music work in hospital settings

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#3: Measuring impact on mental health and wellbeing – Fri 20 Nov

Led by Fliss Clarke (42nd Street) and Brighter Sound, this workshop will cover:

  • Information about the Greater Manchester Youth Mental Health Arts and Culture Evaluation Kit, and how to use it to evaluate sessions
  • Activities and evaluation tools to use in music sessions

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#4: A-Z of online music group delivery – Fri 27 Nov

Led by Phill Howley (Arc young person’s project manager and facilitator), this workshop will cover:

  • The practicalities, logistics and tech know-how needed to set up and plan music sessions online
  • Information about online delivery tools, including what works and what to avoid

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#5: Boundaries and safeguarding in a mental health setting – Fri 4 Dec

Led by Jacqui Wood and Leona Armstrong (Arc), this workshop will cover: 

  • How arts work can reach the most vulnerable in communities, and how it can be structured to offer creativity and appropriate support
  • An overview of the role of safeguarding when working with vulnerable young people and adults
  • Discussion on the boundaries that need to be in place to keep everyone safe

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#6: Online delivery methods for music engagement – Fri 11 Dec

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

Book here

Supported by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, and made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.