MIMI – Musical Inclusion Mentoring Initiative

Call out for mentees

A music leader teaching a young man how to play guitar by pointing out a musical chord on the neck of the guitar.

An opportunity for existing and emerging music leaders to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of musically inclusive practice with children and young people facing barriers.

What do we mean by emerging music leader?

MIMI is for anyone aged 18+ who is either;

  • Aiming to become a music leader (a musician who leads musical activities with groups in formal and informal settings e.g. schools or community/youth centres)
  • Already a music leader but needs more experience/support to develop their practice further

Mentees will be matched with a mentor from Musinc’s pool of excellent and experienced practitioners. Mentoring activities will be designed around each individual mentees needs through planning and discussion with your mentor. The mentoring programme is open to emerging music leaders with varying degrees of experience; mentees may have existing activities which they lead or may seek opportunities to see music leadership in action and take on some supported leadership tasks.

Between October 2021 and February 2022 MIMI mentees will be allocated 31 hours undertaking a programme of activities that includes

  • creating an action plan with your mentor
  • shadowing experienced music leaders
  • delivering supported leadership tasks (when appropriate)
  • being observed by your mentor and receiving constructive feedback
  • reflection and planning discussions with your mentor
  • facilitated group sessions (see below)

MIMI mentees will also attend 3 facilitated sessions (2 hrs each). In these sessions mentees will learn about inclusive practice, transferable skills including networking, time management, communication, finance and general organisational skills needed for any music career.

These sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • 4 to 6pm Thursday 18th November 2021
  • 4 to 6 pm Thursday 20th January 2022
  • 4 to 6pm Thursday 17 February 2022

Mentees will be paid at a rate of £10 per hour.

Deadline for applications

All applications are to be received by 12 noon on Friday 17th September 2021.

Application process

To apply please, please fill in our online form by clicking here. (Please note that once you have completed the application you may be asked to register with Middlesbrough Council – this part is not necessary to submit your application. Once you arrive at the summary screen, the process is complete and you may close your browser window.)

Alternatively you can download a word version of the application form by clicking here and email it to musinc@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

If you have any access requirements or need further support to apply please contact musinc@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Successful candidates will be notified week beginning Monday 6th September 2021. A suitable mentor will be identified and an initial meeting set in October, mentoring activities will begin with a launch meeting from 4pm to 6pm Thursday 7th October 2021

Introduction to MUSINC

MUSINC is the music engagement strand of Middlesbrough Town Hall.

We provide opportunities for musical engagement and learning for people of all ages and abilities.

Our values

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in music making and have a choice of progression routes which meet their individual needs and allow them to unlock and fulfil their potential. We also know that music making is linked to elevated mood and increased wellbeing. Our programmes have a strong focus on the personal and social benefits of making music together with others.

MUSINC believes passionately in the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and support the principle that musical experiences should be HEARD:

Holistic – placing emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes

Equitable – people facing the biggest barriers receive the most support

Authentic – developed with and informed by the people we do it for

Representative – the people we work with as participants and colleagues reflect our diverse society

Diverse – all musical genres, styles, practices are valued equally

The principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lie at the heart of our work. We recognise that people from under-represented groups with regards to ethnicity, socio-economic background and disability are underrepresented in our sector, and therefore we would particularly welcome applications from anyone identifying as such.

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