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Welcome to Sort of Nothing Like A Book Club, the newsletter from Creative CoLab.

This week saw World Music Day celebrated around the globe. This annual event celebrates music in all its forms and its impact on the world and the human spirit. 

For this edition, we have been taking a look at music and its influence. We also have a very exciting announcement! 

Read on to find out more...
Making Music Summer Programme Launch

This summer we're launching an open programme of online music workshops thanks to support from Youth Music. 

Featuring pre-recorded workshops on key musical skills, and live events including an online choir.

Click here to find out more
Music helped the UK get thorough lockdown, new insights show
This article by the record label body BPI examines statistics collected about music listening during 2020. It explores how music listening increased and how people have used music as a way to alleviate anxiety, increase motivation and boost concentration whilst working from home. 

Music is a powerful contributor to young people's wellbeing in England
This is a summary of a 2019 research report by Youth Music. The data shows that 85% of young people (aged 7 to 17) said music makes them happy and it is the most popular pastime in this age group. It highlights the importance that music has in young peoples lives as it supports their well-being. 

The virtual choirs keeping the music alive
This article from March 2020 discusses the online choirs that were founded during the lockdown. Looking at The Sofa Singers and Gareth Malones The Great British Home Chorus it explores how these choirs have allowed people from around the UK and the world to make connections through music and song. 

Cultural Appropriation in Music
This piece looks at the concepts of Appropriation, Acculturation and Assimilation in terms of arts and music. It highlights examples in pop music including Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Elvis Presley. It discusses the importance of musicicans acknowledging the origins of their inspiration and questioning whether what they are doing is authentic, thoughtful, and respectful.  

The Power Of Music In Film - How music affects film
This is a really simple but interesting video showing the effects of music in film. Using simple video clips and soundtracks it demonstrates how crucial music is to setting the scene, interpretation of characters and controlling tension and build. 

How the Windrush generation changed British music and arts forever
This article explores the profound impact that the Windrush generation had on the UK arts scene. Jazz, blues, Calypso and more musical styles enriched and transformed the British music scene. This piece highlights these influential musicians and for more listening suggestions look at: The Windrush Generation - 6 Musicians you should check out
And Lastly...

Music is such an important part of our lives, and it has become a lifeline to many during the pandemic. 

Music is a great way to connect with people. Whether at music events, playing together or discussing your favourite songs and artists. 

Sometimes it's only when you look back you realise how songs and music have impacted your life and remind you of people, places and events. 
A great way to reflect is to do the Desert Island Discs Challenge. Based on the popular BBC radio feature, this challenge asks you to pick the 8 tracks you'd want if you found yourself deserted on an island. Find out the rules and some helpful tips here.

If you have any thoughts you'd like to share about anything we've touched upon in this issue we'd love for you to get in touch.
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