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Capturing learning to support young musicians

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA provides media and evaluation support to Elevate, a community-based music programme, which is capturing learning about how to support young musicians. Elevate is a £100,000 project operating in 10 areas of the UK . It receives funding from ABRSM and four royal schools of music. To date, we have secured initial national media coverage as well as articles in …

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Promoting public funding for Scotland’s classical music

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

Scottish members of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) commissioned DHA to create a brochure for a parliamentary reception to promote public funding for classical music. We gathered data through a two-stage research process, using both guided conversations and a simple survey to gather information about the key impacts of the organisations on behalf of whom we were working. This …

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Telling Sheffield’s story

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA worked with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield’s Culture Consortium to collate and develop a compelling narrative to tell Sheffield’s story. Based on conversations with a range of stakeholders across the city, research into the city’s heritage and its ambitions for the future, the narrative was designed specifically to help Sheffield state its vision for becoming what KPMG calls …

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Finding out what works in cultural interventions

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA supports Create Gloucestershire to develop their evaluation practices and find out what works in cultural interventions. Create Gloucestershire is a regional network of organisations and individuals in the arts and cultural sector. We work collaboratively with them and their stakeholders and delivery partners, to gather data and support a process of reflection and analysis that can inform future planning. …

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Evaluating how to better support artists who work in participatory settings

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA conducted the evaluation for Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s initiative ArtWorks. The initiative supported the education and continuing professional development of artists working in participatory settings. The initiative funded five pathfinder groups around the UK (involving a diverse range of organisations including Creative Scotland, the Barbican Guildhall, Welsh National Opera, People Dancing and the University of Sunderland) and two phases of …

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Examining the role of the British Council in the UK City of Culture programme

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA, working with the Institute of Cultural Capital (University of Liverpool/Liverpool John Moores University), reviewed the role of British Council in the UK City of Culture (UKCC) programme as both a funder and an ‘international partner’. DHA led on the process, reviewing a range of documents and partnership agreements and interviewing internal and external stakeholders. We then workshopped findings with …

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Making the case for investment in music learning

Isobel Wilson-ClearyArts and culture

DHA developed and launched a national music commission to explore the key issues and arguments and help make the case for government investment in music learning. The commission, featuring Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Nitin Sawhney, Suzy Klein and others, gathered evidence over 18 months and DHA then drafted the findings into a compelling final report, Retuning Our Ambitions for Music Learning. …