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Free skills development course Singing For Our Minds, Together Productions


Singing for Our Minds is a brand new development programme for artists and producers from ethnically diverse groups currently under-represented in the arts. Produced in partnership by Together Productions and the Mind and Soul Choir at the Maudsley Hospital, the programme has been developed by leading practitioners in the field of arts and mental health practice. Course Leaders include Nicola Wydenbach, Aga Serugo-Lugo, Jeremy Haneman, Nadine Benjamin and Darren Abrahams, and the mental health training team from SLaM (South London and Maudsley hospital).  

Participants will learn how to embed techniques for promoting positive mental health outcomes in their leadership approach, and in doing so to build diverse, inclusive communities within group music settings. There is a particular focus on singing, and anyone delivering in arts or education settings and regularly using singing may apply. 

The programme is structured as 4 intensive days in London (over two months Feb/March 2022) which will incorporate skills development, peer learning, resources and signposting and mental health awareness. This will be followed by a 10 month period of supported placements, peer support, mentoring and leadership opportunities. Participation in the programme is FREE and there is support available with expenses and bursary payments for those who need this in order to participate.   

For information on how to apply, eligibility, course content & FAQs please download our application pack. 

Application deadline: Sunday 16th January 2022 

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Anyone interested in applying is invited to an open recruitment workshop to find out more. This session is optional and attendance will not affect the outcome of the application process. It will be an opportunity to meet the programme leaders, get a taster of the course and ask any questions.  

This workshop will take place on Zoom on Thursday 2nd December, 5.30-6.30pm. Please register to attend here.

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