postive pathways

Brighter Sound and More Music present a music education and youth arts conference exploring the positive pathways available to young people. 

postive pathways

About this event

Starts: Thursday 24 March 2022 9:30 AM

Ends: Thursday 24 March 2022 5:30 PM

At: contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, England, M156JA

Organised by: Contact

Brighter Sound and More Music present a music education and youth arts conference exploring the positive pathways available to young people.

For project managers, programme managers, freelancers, music hub and service leads, music tutors, policy makers and anyone interested in inclusive music activity for children and young people.

Positive Pathways will interrogate different avenues into creative careers for young people, including:

  • How organisations and individuals can support career progression
  • Opportunities to break down music making barriers for young people
  • Practical examples of different models we can adopt
  • Challenging what makes a ‘successful’ career

There were so many new perspectives for me! A real celebration and exploration of what works, and could work.


  • A keynote from Roger Wilson (Black Lives in Music) on what we can do as a community to enable progression
  • “Get A Real Job!” – a live podcast by young leaders discussing creative careers, existing barriers and how we can support progression. With Jeff Thompson (Un-Convention) and more guests to be announced
  • An interactive workshop with Julia Payne (the hub) on how we can build, support and maintain a healthy and happy workforce. With honest discussions on working conditions, fair pay, wellbeing, and how we can unify our approach
  • Provocations on being relevant, accessible and inclusive with Lucy Wallace (Brighter Sound), Jo Yee Cheung (Olympias Music Foundation) and community musician Sarah Fisher. How can we enable access to progression routes for young people from all ages and backgrounds in a responsible way?
  • A musical inclusion presentation and discussion with specialist Phil Mullen. Following his work with 46 music hubs, he’ll explore understandings of inclusion and shared areas for development 
  • Live music curated and performed by the Youth Reaching Out Network
  • Opportunities to meet and connect with other musicians and educators

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Brighter Sound

Brighter Sound

We are a creative music charity working across the North and nationally to support young musicians and emerging artists. We believe the music landscape should be equal and diverse.


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