Executive Summary 2019/20
Hello! It’s Enrico Bertelli here, or Mr Bert, as I’m known in the classroom! Amidst all the uncertainty of this rollercoaster year, there’s one thing I am more sure about than ever: giving the gift of creativity and collaboration to children today is the best investment we can make in a brighter future. When I started Conductive Music in 2012, I was inspired by all the artists and educators who had shown me, through my school years and music studies, that learning through play, without the fear of making mistakes, is truly life-changing. This year, even in the darkest hours of lockdown, seeing that same spark of curiosity in the hundreds of children we engaged in our now-virtual creative workshops made it all worth it.
In March 2019, as schools, offices and borders were closing, the Conductive Music team went into hyper-learning mode to adapt quickly to the new reality. We transferred our workshops online, developed sessions for teachers and other artists in need of Zoom training, created snazzy video tutorials for all school levels to break the monotony of staying at home every day. We realised that this new model was opening up opportunities on a completely new scale. In this Annual Report, we’re taking stock of a most unusual year and laying the foundations for the future of Conductive Music. Our mission is to democratise knowledge and creativity by making art and technology accessible to all children regardless of the challenges they face in their life. We’re so grateful to our funders and Hub partners, to the schools, teachers and families who are as passionate as we are about creative learning, and to our staff and freelancers who are the most resilient, courageous and wonderful people I have the honour to know. Conductively yours, Enrico