Discussion space for everyone involved in Oxfordshire's music scene


Tickets: free to attend, please register your interest

Venue: Old Fire Station, Oxford

Date: 25 Feb, time TBC


Calling all music promoters, venues, journalists, studios, labels and artists: this is a chance for you to have an open discussion about how our local music scene can thrive! Join us for this one-day event to talk about the current issues, opportunities and challenges facing music in the city and wider county. Using the Open Space discussion method, this day is a chance for you to bring your topics, your questions and your ideas.


What will I get out of it?

Open Space discussions are a great place to explore the important ideas we never get a chance to properly explore in the rush of every day life. Come to be surprised: discover fresh topics that emerge as important and realise what we can leave behind. This event is also about connection: Open Space discussions are great way to reconnect with your local scene and find people who care about the same issues that you do.

"Oxford is so full of both opportunities and challenges in the music sector at the moment, especially with new issues arising from the pandemic and venues having closed. We'd really love to bring all our creative minds together to talk, share ideas, possible solutions, and listen to each other." Jo Ross, OCM Director


How will it work on the day?

Open Space discussions are about giving people a flexible structure to talk about what matters to them. It's like a conference but there aren't any speakers, just the good bits in the coffee breaks. Anyone can suggest a topic that matters to them and anyone can join in with that discussion or move away from it. Facilitated by an Open Space workshop leader, an initial question will offer the starting point for conversation to develop organically with whoever is present, to uncover the biggest conversations and shared needs.

Have a look at the video on the right to get of how this works (the first two minutes alone will give you a good idea).


Open Space discussions often start with a question to get everyone started. We've picked:

"What does Oxfordshire’s music scene need to thrive (not just survive)?"


Let us know you're interested!

Please fill in this Google Form to register your interest. You don't have to commit to coming to the event at this stage and you can sign up for updates even if you know you can't attend.

Fill in the form here: https://forms.gle/QhczMp1uzXKRY8ZC9


More about Open Space Technology

If you are curious about Open Space Technology want to read more then have a look at this website: https://openspaceworld.org/wp2/

You can also read about OST on the project pages of Devoted & Disgruntled. D&D is a nationwide conversation about theatre and the performing arts, run by theatre company Improbable for over a decade: www.devotedanddisgruntled.com/about-open-space-technology


Access requirements

We want to make this event accessible for anybody who wants to come. If you have access needs you want us to take into account, please tell us when you register your interest. We are still designing this event and would love to design it to suit you.