Improvised Music Company are hosting two sessions for musicians this August – on socially-engaged collaborative practice, and on confidence and connection for returning to the stage, as part of their continuing professional development sessions for musicians.
While the musicians we work with are mainly in the jazz, improvised, and world music fields, the sessions are open to any musicians with an interest, and we’d be delighted if you could circulate this to any musicians you work with who might find it useful. Artists who work in multi-disciplinary practice might also be interested in these – they will have application in other artforms. Both sessions are FREE to attend, but need to be registered in advance at the links below.
On Thursday August 19th from 7:00 – 8:30PM, the topic will be socially-engaged and community arts practice: Collaboration, models of work, available supports, and artistic possibilities. We will be joined by team members from Create Ireland, which supports artists and communities to co-create work of depth, ambition and excellence and artist Sean Taylor (Softday) who has worked with them on collaborative socially-engaged projects.
Create Ireland are also the managers of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme and can offer insight into applying for this or other funding opportunities in this area.
On Thursday 26th August, 7pm-8:30pm, the topic will be Getting ready for the stage: Techniques and tools for building confidence and connecting with audiences. We’ll be joined by Ann-Marie Shields, Director of Minding Creative Minds, the well-being support platform for Irish creatives, and Peter-Jack Rainbird, a live music producer and artist mentor, who has coached musicians including Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Sarah Maclaglan, Keith Urban, Daniel Lanois, Björk.