Grammy-nominated songwriter Mary Gauthier and Professor Felicity Baker were among the expert speakers at ICMP's Saved by a Song conference. 

Hosted at ICMP in June and organised by our Songwriting Faculty's Julian Marshall and Lucy James, the event saw scholars, musical practitioners and leading industry practitioners come together to explore the transformative power of song over a day of panels and discussion. 

Some of the talks included 'Musical Theatre Songwriting and Self-Transformation' presented by Lucy James, 'Trauma-informed Hip-Hop' presented by Kiz Manley and 'Musical attention and emotional awareness in songwriting' presented by Odd Torleiv Furnes


Commenting, Lucy James, Event Organiser and BA Songwriting Tutor, said: "Julian and I are proud to reflect on the 'Saved by a Song: The Transformative Power of Songwriting' conference as a resounding success!

"Our presenters, panellists, and keynote speaker Mary Gauthier all shared their innovative practices and unique experiences with such generosity, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas on the transformative power of songwriting." 


Lucy continued: "The packed house brought incredible energy and enthusiasm, creating an inspiring atmosphere for learning and connection. We would like to thank all in attendance for their invaluable contributions to the event. I'm confident this conference will leave a lasting impact on the ICMP community." 


The organisers are indebted to songwriter, author and keynote speaker Mary Gauthier for the loan of the conference title from her book of the same name.

Lucy was recently nominated Lat the NEON Awards for Student of the Year. 

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