Over 60 people from the education sector, community groups, arts organisations and schools gathered for The Advance Network phase two launch in London on 10 February. Among a panel of distinguished speakers, MD, Ruth Cook, talked about how the Network will run a programme of action learning sets for leaders sharing a common commitment to creating greater ethnic diversity in the classical and jazz sector. The overall theme which emerged from the event was the need for curiosity, community and commitment to bring about action and change.
Ruth Cook described how action learning can support organisational, social or sector change. Sean Gregory, Director of Creative Learning for the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, also talked about his own experiences of action learning and why he finds time in a busy schedule to commit to his action learning set. To hear Ruth’s speech and other contributions at the launch click here.
For music sector leaders interested in exploring change in the diversity arena The Advance Network is offering places in action learning sets facilitated by ALA Associates – professional development that offers a comprehensive approach to meet both organisational and personal development. The sets are open to leaders developing programmes to reach more diverse communities, music leaders, freelance music professionals working within diverse communities, cultural leaders, change agents, policy makers, independent consultants and board members – anyone interested in creating greater diversity within the cultural sector with the aim of bringing about change. Set membership is heavily subsidised by the National Foundation for Youth Music and Arts Council England Lottery funding and costs just £99 for early bird bookings (before 17 February) or £130. For further details and an application form visit The Advance Network website. Closing date for applications is 7 March 2014.