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‘In Tune with Success’: education and professional pathways for VI musicians. Panel discussion announced for next Monthly Meet-up.

We are excited to announce our next Monthly Meet-up and have something extra special lined up for this month! In collaboration with LOOK and Thomas Pocklington Trust Student Support Service, we will be hosting a panel of three very special guests

  • Bobby Goulder, who has built a career as a musician after graduating from a Music degree at Oxford University in 2015; 
  • Sarah Bayley, LOOK Mentor, recent Music graduate, and Sound Without Sight intern;
  • and Fiona Waterspring, Student Support Services Advisor at TPT.

The panel will be exploring the educational and professional pathways open to musicians, and how to navigate these with a visual impairment.

The session will be taking place on Zoom on Thursday 18th July 2024, 7pm UK time – register below! Of course, everyone is welcome, but we believe this session would be particularly relevant to VI young adults interested in studying music at HE and considering a music career beyond education.

The aims of the session include:

  • Sharing information, advice and guidance about studying Music at HE and developing a career.
  • Sharing a range of relevant lived experiences and solutions for overcoming barriers.
  • Addressing questions and concerns raised within LOOK Mentoring and from event registrations.
  • Signposting to further resources and support services.

This will be a relaxed, informal discussion and audience participation is encouraged. We will be prioritising questions submitted in advance of the event, so we advise that you contact us with any questions you may have so that we can ensure that they are included in the discussion. We hope that there will also be time for Q&A, so that you have the opportunity to ask any questions that may occur to you during the session. 

Please note that this session will be recorded and published on podcasting platforms, so if you contribute during the session, you are consenting to appearing in the recording. This session is open to all ages, but we advise that children or young people wishing to attend the session should be accompanied by an adult.

We hope to see you there!

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About the Meet-up Sessions

Sound Without Sight is a community-led initiative, which collates and commissions resources to support blind and partially sighted musicians, audio engineers, voiceover artists, and other industry professionals to thrive. We want Sound Without Sight to grow into a thriving community that showcases the work of blind and partially sighted creatives, and how they navigated the industry to find themselves in their current role. 

Starting in February 2024, we will be curating monthly virtual Meet-up Sessions, which will bring together established professionals, community members who are just starting out, and everybody in between, creating a space to share knowledge, solutions, and tips for success. 

The sessions will be open, informal, and supportive – we hope that all attendees will feel comfortable to ask questions as well as share advice. Please sign up via the link at the end of this page, as spaces are limited.

How will the Meet-ups be structured?

  1. Each session will begin with a live interview between a headline guest speaker or panel and members of the Sound Without Sight team. The host will ask curated questions, including relevant ones submitted in advance by the community. 
  2. We will then open up to questions and discussion between attendees, which could be about anything related to music or audio. 
  3. Finally, we will round off the session by playing out audio submissions and sharing updates from community members. Got a new release coming out? Tried something new or achieved something that you’d like to share? Let us know at least a week before the session and we’ll carve out time to shout about it!

When and where?

Third Thursday of the month, 7:00pm UK time. Sessions will take place on Zoom and last around an hour, followed by some open Q&A time.

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