The young people who come to play music with us need to trust us.
We need to create a safe space that makes everyone who enters it feel they can trust us to provide support, encouragement and diverse creative opportunities.
The act of improvised, lived music making itself cannot happen with trust.
As an organisation, we need to trust in each other to share an agreement on what is good, a general perspective, and how to work with whatever arises.
Recently we discussed the tensions that go into making a successful, user-led, creative environment.
Trust underpins all of this:
- ownership / shared identity
- joy / challenge
- flexibility / familiarity
- risk / safety
- shared experienced / personalised experience
- communication / inspiration
- suspense / reassurance
- stimulation / rest
Lawrence Becko, former Sound Connections Programme Manager, writes about Youth Participation in the arts:
'sometimes we simply forget to listen to what young people are saying, believing 'adults know best'...Ultimately, the extent to which youth participation, voice and leadership can be encouraged will depend on the abilities, commitment, resources and 'buy in' of each organization, their staff, and the young people themselves.'
As Wired4Music say,