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The transformative role that music can play in social inclusion and conflict resolution was discussed at a University of Glasgow event on 23 March.

‘Music for Other-than-musical Purposes’ brought together academics, practitioners and students to the University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre (ARC) to hear more about the work of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network.

TAI article 'Can Music Be a Tool for Social Transformation' includes a downloadable open access PDF and activity sheet for schools. The article can be accessed here

This article was produced by Futurum, a magazine and online platform aimed at inspiring young people to pursue careers in STEM and SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy). You can find more information and free teaching resources at 


Save the date: on June 21st, 3-5pm UK time, practice and research specialists will discuss social music projects from five countries and a study of Indigenous music at the 2nd workshop of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network. This event will be online and free of charge. Contributors will include Sergio Figueiredo (Brazil), Lukas Pairon (Belgium), Hector Vázquez (Mexico/Canada), Shelly Coyne with Raymond MacDonald (UK), Daniel Mateos-Moreno (Spain), Geoff Baker (UK), Patricia González-Moreno and Rubén Carrillo (Mexico).

Every year since 2015, the international research platform SIMM (Social Impact of Music Making) has brought together experts from the fields of musical practice and research. After Brussels and Ghent, London, Porto and Bogota, the annual SIMM-posium returns to Belgium this winter, hosted by BOZAR. From 12 January to 9 March, weekly online sessions will bring together some of the world’s leading specialists to explore themes that combine music and activism.

The summary of the paper ‘Developing a Framework for the Study of Performing Arts Programs for Other-than-artistic Purposes in Conflict Settings’ presented at the SIMM-Posium 4: Bogotá (26-27 July 2019) is now available at .

This paper discusses the process of developing a new framework combining ideas from Community Music (Howell, 2018), Social Psychology (Pettigrew, 1998; Odena, 2018) and Peace Studies (Cabedo-Mas, 2015), aimed at providing a tool for researchers wishing to systematically examine Performing Arts programs for other-than-artistic purposes in conflict settings.