Forming part of the ‘Interfaces’ European Cultural project (www.interfacesnetwork.eu), and related to the ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ resource site, this three-day international conference is intended to bring together community artists and other musicians, educators, animateurs, specialists within music and other cultural organisations, government policy representatives and specialists regarding cross-cultural projects who are involved with initiatives related to the conference subject. Furthermore, project participants, non-academics and others are most welcome. By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector. The goal is to share and debate different forms of good practice relating to how new music can be used as the means of engaging with new communities and ways through which new music can reach underrepresented communities.
The conference will focus on such participation and community-action initiatives, offer diverse workshops and performances and introduce conference participants to a wide range of initiatives within this area. Subjects would include, but not be limited to: educational initiatives, working with community organisations, the musical equivalent of public art, interculturalism, ways of effectively and robustly measuring/evaluating impact and research initiatives regarding the above.