This is an event from our archive. Visit our Events section for our latest events.

Musicians’ CPD: From Inspiration to Motivation 11 Dec 2020

Musicians at all stages of their career who are interested in work with or for children, are warmly invited to participate in this free half day professional development opportunity presented by The Ark and Improvised Music Company.

As we approach the end of 2020 and look towards 2021 and beyond, this event aims to give inspiration and support to musicians who already work with children, as well as those who are new to this area of work and would like to start considering how to develop this as a part of their practice. The aim is to show different ways in which music with or for children can be both artistically satisfying for musicians, as well as exciting and engaging for young audiences.

The day will begin with an inspirational presentation from three pairings of Irish and international producers and artists, outlining their process and what they learned through creating work for children. We will hear from:

  • Percussionist Adriano Adewale and producer Martel Ollerenshaw who collaborated on Catapluf’s Musical Journey for EFG London Jazz Festival.
  • Drummer Simon Segers, a member of Belgian jazz trio De Beren Gieren, and Producer Cleo Janse will join us to discuss Mile(s)tones - a show commissioned by BIG BANG Festival, a music festival for young audiences.
  • Dublin based musician Mary Barnecutt, together with Aisling O’Gorman from The Ark, will discuss Mary’s participation in the Fun Size Jazz artist development programme from IMC and The Ark, explaining how that led to the development of the show StringPlay.

Following this, the second part of the morning will focus on practical matters concerning Irish-based artists regarding funding, opportunities and planning in work for children.

The final section of the day will be an opportunity to discuss any and all ideas participants may have around creating new work for young audiences. We will split into small groups for an informal brainstorming session where artists and participants are welcome to discuss early seeds of ideas in a supportive environment.

This half day event is a great opportunity to get up close and personal and learn from artists and producers successfully working in this area, find out what opportunities are available and generate new ideas that you can take forward into 2021.


Section 1: 10am to 11.20am
Inspiration panel event

Section 2: 11.20am to 12.15pm
Practical discussion of funding and opportunities

Lunch: 12.15pm to 1pm

Section 3: 1pm to 2pm
Idea incubation / next steps

As there is a limit to the number of places on a video call, we need you to register to book your place. We promise it is really quick and simple. Register via IMC here.

Improvised Music Company will email you a link to a Zoom call prior to the event. Please be advised you will need to install the Zoom app in advance which can be downloaded here.