The Advance Network

is a partnership between Kuumba Youth Music, the Royal Academy of Music and Tomorrow’s Warriors. It is committed to changing the classical and jazz musical landscape for Black, Asian and minority ethnic musicians.

The Network is conducting research to explore the intersection between nurturing excellence and effective practice in overcoming barriers that BAME communities face in reaching advanced levels in western and non-western classical music.

In Part 1, Finding The Keys, hosted by City Hall, London we explored:

  • the current landscape for BAME classical and jazz musicians
  • the barriers to progression – perceived and real
  • young classically trained BAME musicians – the untapped talent pool

Our second forum, Unlocking the Door – hosted by the Royal Academy of Music on Thursday 24 January 2013 will focus on:

  • what effective practice looks like
  • current challenges and attempts to address lack of representation
  • new ideas for action

Our speakers for this event:

Nadia Stern (Chief Executive, Rambert Dance Company): Diversity in Dance; Influencing the Sector

Clare Lovett (Acting Chief Executive & Programme Director, Spitalfields Music): Challenging the Status Quo

Alok Nayak (Development Director, Milapfest): Diverse communities and Non-Western Classical Music

Beverley Mason (medar pysden international): Themes in Effective Practice


Watch this space for news of Part 3, to be hosted by Southbank Centre, London in April 2013.

Meanwhile, follow the link for more information about The Advance Network.



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