The 5th SIMM research seminar is organized by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Copenhagen Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReARC/RMC) and the research platform SIMM (in collaboration with the Academic Chair Jonet / CESAMM) and will be focussing on research on which music is proposed/created within social and community music projects.

The seminar is planned to take place from 5 to 8th September 2022 at the Guildhall School in London.

This research-seminar will welcome a small group of 20 post-graduate students, early-career researchers as well as experienced researchers – who are all involved in ongoing research on the possible role of music in social and community music programmes – to spend a 4-day seminar during which they will share their research experiences with eachother.

The following facilitators will help the sharing of experiences and ideas and research methodologies: An De bisschop (University College Ghent – Conservatory of Music / Academic Chair Jonet, BE), Imogen Flower (Guildhall School of Music, London, UK) and Maria Westvall (Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship / CReARC/RMC, Copenhagen, DK). They will be assisted by John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music, London, UK) and Lukas Pairon (SIMM & Academic Chair Jonet, BE).

The scientific committee for this seminar is composed of: An De bisschop, Filip Verneert, Maria Westvall, John Sloboda, Lukas Pairon and Brydie-Leigh Bartleet.

During the 13th episode of the SIMM-podcast Canadian composer-musician-scholar Fiona Evison, Belgian musician Bart Maris, Cypriot composer-musician-scholar Georgia Nicolaou and Canadian conductor-composer Patrick Murray share their thoughts, experiences and research on music being proposed/created in social and community music programmes.

‘Music-making for whose sake?’ – On 8th September, 4 pm UK-time, Maria Westvall will give a public keynote at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in relation to the topic of the seminar. Her keynote will be streamed online and will stay available online afterwards. Here you can find a short abstract of her keynote.

Call for participants:

Expressions of interest should be sent no later than 30th March 2022 by email to Lukas Pairon (

This should include your name, institutional affiliation, current professional role(s), a maximum 200 word statement including relevant professional experience and background, why you wish to attend this seminar, and what your interest and experience is in research on the role music can play in social and community work.

The selection of those welcomed to be part of this seminar will be communicated the latest before 15th May 2022.

There will be no registration fee, but those selected for this seminar will need to cover their travel costs, meals and accomodation.