A growing need exists for more research into the role that music can play in social practice, as well as for quality training and accompaniment for cultural workers and musicians who want to use their artistic competences to support a more inclusive and socially just society.

The Academic Chair Jonet of the Ghent University (UGent) and University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HoGent) plans to organise specialised training for musicians, social & community workers and researchers in this specific field, including lectures, workshops, seminars and practice-based training .

Upcoming training initiatives: 

  • March 17-May 6, Antwerp/Ghent: Practice-based training for musicians who already have some experience in participatory music projects and want to learn from an experienced musical coach. It will be taught by Paul Griffiths (lecturer in Musical Leadership, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London) and coached by An De bisschop. This in-service training is organized by CESAMM ism Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and ties in with ASO's Re-Mix XXL project.

  • April 15-April 17, 2024, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London: Research seminar on music composition in participatory music projects -aimed at artistic and academic researchers working around this theme in their research projects. The research seminar takes place at Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London), and is organized by SIMM, Guildhall School of Arts and CESAMM. Supervised by Toby Young, Lukas Pairon and An De bisschop.