In 2019, Agrigento engaged Dr Gillian Howell as Research Consultant to lead our survey of 13 practitioners, researchers, and practitioner-researchers from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, and Sri Lanka. The survey elicited rich insights into the features of exemplary practitioners and programs. It also brought to light common challenges and obstacles, pointing to gaps in knowledge and practice in the field. We will continue to gather such knowledge to shape and direct our work into the future.
In 2020, Agrigento is providing grants to six projects that relate to important or urgent issues in the field of music as social action. These projects involve a community of people who are committed to using participatory music making toward positive social outcomes, and ready to think critically and reflexively about the ambiguities, complexities and uncertainties involved. Our hope is that these projects will help to improve the design and pedagogies of music as social action programs and the preparation of practitioners for this work.
Disclaimer: Agrigento currently sources collaborators through our networks and does not accept unsolicited applications. We hope to issue an open call in future.
Agrigento aspires to offer practitioners and researchers a space in which to share ideas and critical reflections on practice and theory in music as social action. If you would like to join the conversation, please let us know by registering your interest. We’d love to hear from you.