Action learning to tackle diversity issues in classical music sector

The Advance Network, which began as a partnership between Kuumba Youth Music, The Royal Academy of Music and Tomorrow’s Warriors, is committed to changing the classical and jazz musical landscape for black, Asian and minority ethnic musicians.

ALA Associate Surya Turner, who is also Director of Kuumba Youth Music, has been instrumental in the successful launch of the new network which aims to overcome barriers which BAME communities face in reaching advanced levels of western and non-western classical music.

Phase two of the network, which will be launched in London on 10 February aims, to use action learning and action research to provide support for organisations which are tackling diversity; opportunities for organisations to learn from and inspire each other and exchange of positive practice that they may have already started – all with the object of bringing about action and change.

At the launch ALA MD Ruth Cook will be among a panel of distinguished speakers from the University of London, Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Arts Council England (which jointly funds the network with the National Foundation for Youth Music).

Surya Turner and ALA Senior Associate, Di Bligh, will be facilitating four action learning sets for the Advance Network during 2014.  If you would like to attend the launch event on 10 February visit the Advance Network website for further details and to book free tickets.

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