for Community Music (ICCM)
A global forum through which community music research, teaching, scholarship, professional practice and pedagogy can be nurtured and developed.
Call for papers
8th ICCM Student Symposium - 'Not a puppet on strings': Tension and freedom within practitioner-researchers
Call for contributions for this year's Student Symposium, focusing on themes relating to the complex challenges of being a community music practitioner-researcher. The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 July 2023.
Read more about the Symposium on our events page.
Download our call for proposals to find out more about the theme and how to submit your contribution.
Call for Proposals - ICCM Student Research Symposium 2023 (PDF, 0.2 MB)
Community musicians intentionally set out to create spaces for inclusive and participatory musical doing.
This impulse comes from a belief that music making is a fundamental aspect of the human experience and is therefore an intrinsic and foundational part of human culture and society.
Research: Developing collaborative partnerships to increase the body of knowledge associated to community music.
Teaching and Learning: Contributing to the growth and development of community music teaching and learning locally, nationally, and internationally.
Consultancy: Bespoke consultancy for education institutions, community partnerships, charities and foundations, government agencies, and the private sector.
Community musicians work with a commitment to musical expression as a crucible for social transformation, emancipation, empowerment, and cultural capital. As a broad approach to music education community musicians place emphasis on conversation, negotiation, collaboration, and cultural democracy.
— Professor Lee Higgins, Director of ICCM
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Latest news from the ICCM
Major grant for community music researchers at York St John University
The Centre has been awarded €19,600 (£16,862) to conduct research into international volunteer exchange programme MOVE (Musicians and Organizers Volunteer Exchange).
ICCM awarded research funding of $480,000
Working with global youth music non-profit, JM International, the ICCM will use the funding for a project focusing on global folk music and young musicians.
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