From 2018-2019 on, researchers associated to the platform SIMM are proposed to attend seminars which will be organised twice a year, during which:

  1. internationally renowned experts (mainly researchers, but also representatives of specific practices) of socio-artistic work will teach and present case studies; these experts remain for several days.
  2. most important: much time is reserved to allow the researchers to present their research to each other and discuss it amongst each other.
  3. public presentations and lectures are organized to which also people from the field of socio-artistic music projects will be invited.
  4. and private meetings are organized between the invited experts and researchers associated to SIMM.
  5. each seminar will focus on particular questions or topics in this field of research, such as for example: setting up comparative research, the organisation of long-term research projects, research on relation between the need for musical, social as well as cultural expertise in developing socio-artistic programmes, research on music projects in prisons…

5-9 November 2018: 1st SIMM-seminar in Helsinki (Kallio-Kuninkala)

The international research platform SIMM and the Sibelius Academy (UniArts) in Helsinki have the pleasure to invite applications for a place in the 1st SIMM research seminar dedicated to methodology in research on the possible role of music in social and community projects. The seminar will take place from 5 – 9 November 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

This research-seminar proposes to allow post-graduate students and early-career researchers involved in ongoing research on the possible role of music in social and community work (SIMM) to spend a week together and share their research experiences.

A number of expert facilitators and researchers associated to SIMM will also be present: Prof. Heidi Westerlund (Sibelius Academy, Finland), Dr. James Butterworth (University of Oxford, UK), Dr. An De Bisschop (University College Ghent, Belgium) and Dr. Graça Mota. Other researchers might be present but are yet to be confirmed.

Applications are expected by 31 Julyat the latest and are to be sent by e-mail to The selection of those invited to participate in this SIMM-seminar will be communicated to all applicants by the end of August.

More details can be found in the call for applications .