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Artsline, 2 September 2008, 21:10

Project: Connecting Across Difference
Organisation: Drake Music in partnership with
Role: Disabled Musicians/Project Trainees
Approximately 15 days
Start date: Oct 2008
End date: March 2009
Fee: 1,550
Application deadline: midday September 8th 2008
Drake Music is seeking to engage three disabled musicians/artists, interested in developing their practice and gaining experience of working in outreach and education to join the artistic team to support the development and delivery of their forthcoming project, Connecting Across Difference.
Throughout the project (October 08-March 09) you will work closely with all members of the team, which will include a lead musician/composer, a visual artist, a music technologist and an artist-mentor.
Connecting across Difference consists of a series of workshops with young musicians, from mainstream and special schools, at primary and secondary level in the borough of Tower Hamlets. The season of workshops will culminate in a in a mixed media masque or opera at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, co-created and performed by all participants in March 2009.
The theme for the season is Connecting Across Difference. This is intended to catalyse imaginative and playful explorations of the joys and the strains (or challenges) of encountering, communicating and coming to know people who are different; who speak differently, have different ambitions, interests, skills and abilities, or who have different traditions and histories. The workshops and final performance will take the toys, games and play activities at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood as their inspiration and context.
Connecting Across Difference springs from a new partnership between Drake Music and This project aims to:
      Support artistic excellence through the commission of a new musical work.
·     Support disabled musicians as artists, participants and trainees, on their own terms, through a range of both individually focused and social music-making activities.
·     Support rich interpersonal exchange and expression by creating an audio-visual performance together.
·     Utilize a range of specialist assistive technologies and generic audio and visual software.
·     Support organizational learning and develop the artistic team for future work.


The Role

This role would suit a disabled musician/artist who is excited by the creative possibilities of learning and collaboration between people with a range of abilities and experiences and interested in ‘learning on the job’. You will be keen to develop your own artistic practice whilst also gaining skills and experience in outreach and education settings working with a range of participants, artists, teachers and an artist-mentor.
With the support of your mentor and other members of the team, you will 
·     Assist the artistic team in planning, devising and delivering a focused and flexible framework for a series of workshops
·     Work closely with the artist-mentor throughout the process, to define your objectives and develop your personal & professional development plan
·     Share your learning and experiences with the other musicians/trainees and work closely with all members of the artistic team to encourage and facilitate an environment for creative exchange, mutual learning and development
·     Actively contribute to the ongoing development and evaluation of the project through participation in team meetings and ongoing documentation of the creative process.
Musician/Trainee Person Specification
Essential qualities & experience:
·     Experience as a musician (or as a musician working across art-forms, for example music & visual arts)
·     Interested in working imaginatively and flexibly depending on the requirements of the project's participants
·     Positive attitude
·     Willingness to learn and share experience and skills
·     Empathy
·     Flexibility
·     Open and receptive to feedback
·     Commitment
·     Good interpersonal skills
·     Ability to work on a 1:1 basis as well as part of a team
·     Interested in engaging in critical debate
We actively encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in our organisation
Interested parties should send a CV, and a letter stating how their skills and experience would contribute to this project, and how they feel they would benefit from this opportunity midday on the 8th September 2008
If you have any specific questions regarding the project please contact Miranda Peake, project coordinator:
Short listing will take place: w/c 8th September 2008
Interviews: 26th of September 2008 at Rich Mix
All applications should be sent to:
Miranda Peake
Drake Music
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
On behalf of: Drake Music and in partnership with:
Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service
The Museum of Childhood
The Camden Roundhouse

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