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Contemporary Urban Music for Inclusion Network conference line-up announced

The inaugural CUMIN (Contemporary Urban Music for Inclusion Network) conference takes place on 30 June 2023 at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London.

Open to all, the event builds on three in-person/online workshops organised in 2022.

The broader purpose of CUMIN is to promote knowledge exchange between educational/social projects that use contemporary urban music in inclusive ways, on the one hand, and researchers, theorists, policymakers and cultural/education leaders, on the other hand.

Key questions for CUMIN include: Can projects using contemporary urban music impact significantly on educational/social inclusion? If so, how can we best measure this impact?

Confirmed speakers at the June conference include:

  • Professor Mark Katz (University of North Carolina, Dept of Music, world-leading specialist on DJ education) 
  • Steven Berryman (chair of examiners for GCSE Music at AQA) 
  • Sandra Allan (Head of Curriculum – Creative Arts at AQA) 
  • Professor Pamela Burnard (University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education) 
  • Matt Griffiths (CEO of Youth Music)
  • Fran Hannan (Musical Futures) 
  • Richie Littler (CEO Grooveschool in Brixton) 
  • Jon Green (CEO Manchester Hip Hop Archive) 
  • Jim Reiss (CEO DJ School UK, Leeds)  
  • Derek Chivers (Principal Examiner for in A level music at Edexcel)
  • Lloyd Russell (Chief Examiner for A level Music technology at Edexcel)
  • Bridget Whyte (CEO Music Mark)


Registration will open soon. Visit the CUMIN website for further information.