Manchester Museum invites diaspora musicians for unique mentorship

Manchester Museum invites diaspora musicians for unique mentorship

Manchester Museum is inviting two young people of South Asian heritage who are passionate about music to join an exciting mentoring programme with a unique opportunity for international travel to India.

The collaborative project between Manchester Museum and the Indian Music Experience Museum seeks to explore rhythm as a shared language between east and west.

It focuses on developing and giving autonomy to young musicians and will culminate in a youth-led performance, promoting musical understanding across borders through cross-cultural dialogue, co-creation and collaborative experimentation.

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It is part of an international partnership with India Music Experience Museum, funded by British Council’s India-UK Together Programme.

Candidates who best fit the criteria may be called for an informal call with Manchester Museum staff prior to a final decision from the panel.

The applications, which have a deadline of May 15, must include a 500-word statement outlining why you are the best candidate for this role – including information about the musical practice, experience and achievements in line with the Young Musician Specification.

The collaborative project between Manchester Museum and the Indian Music Experience Museum seeks to explore rhythm as a shared language between east and west, which can be dated back to antiquity. Vocal percussion is common to both parts of the world, but the styles differ drastically as do the cultural contexts in which they evolved and are performed.

For example, Konakol, an ancient classical South Indian percussion art form, was accessible only to a certain section of society. Through this project, the aim is to not only create a collaborative cross-cultural artistic outcome but also understand how music traditions interact across borders and socio-cultural divisions, thereby paving the way for a plural, multicultural identity in a global world.

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During a six-month period in 2022, a total of four young people who have some music skills from India and the UK will be supported by two mentors, one from India and one from the UK to design and facilitate a collaborative percussion-based art project. This includes virtual collaboration with an equivalent team of one mentor and two young people from India throughout the project to develop and perform this collaborative piece. This will be showcased at two on-site festivals at Manchester Museum and India Music Experience Museum.

The unique experience focuses on developing and giving autonomy to young musicians, growing their global networks and therefore involves travel to the southern Indian city of Bangalore.

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