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19.00 Uhr via Zoom


Jess Abrams and Clare Adams from Sound Sense

Sound Sense is the UK professional association for community music. For over 30 years, we have worked to support, promote, and advocate for the many creative, highly-skilled and hardworking practitioners who make up the vibrant community music sector here in the UK and abroad. As a membership organisation, we welcome both individuals and organisations to join us and offer a range of benefits including: public liability insurance cover, criminal record checks, quarterly Sounding Board journal, monthly newsletters, publicity for your work and opportunities for peer support.
Our Sound Sense team is represented by:

Jess Abrams – Chair of Sound Sense, a community music practitioner and educator working mostly with young people. She’s a New Yorker transplanted to Scotland and a jazz vocalist.

Amy Hill* – Head of Communications, a singer-songwriter and music facilitator, working in healthcare and community settings with young children and people living with dementia. Originally from Australia, she now lives in the southeast of England.

Clare Adams – General Manager, also a bassoonist and music teacher working in community and school settings. She trained in London and Paris and is now based in rural Buckinghamshire.
*Unfortunately Amy Hill will not take part in this workshop

Developing a professional network and code of practice for community musicians

In our session we’ll be talking about the importance of having an intentional community to share practice and discuss issues that arise. We talk about the evolution of Sound Sense, how we’ve changed over time, and how this has led us to our core membership offer. In particular we will discuss our code of practice for community musicians, how this can serve you in your work, its relevance across a range of contexts and its future development.

We will explore the six high-level concepts within the code:

  • Be well prepared and organised
  • Be safe and responsible
  • Have appropriate musical skills
  • Work well with people
  • Evaluate and reflect on the work
  • Commit to professional development


Within the session there will be time for small group work, looking at how you can customise the Sound Sense code to suit your own community music context. We will also share other quality frameworks and toolkits from the UK that provide additional support and ideas for developing professional standards.