SÓN Artistic Director Robin Browning has been selected to participate in a new Arts Council funded programme which begins in Birmingham this week. Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal is an intense, boundary-pushing and catalytic two year Executive Learning programme running from 2017 to 2019. It aims to enable senior, executive and board level staff from England-based arts and cultural organisations to develop new approaches to building resilience through learning how to make the most of Creative Assets and Intellectual Property.

Browning is one of 23 participants selected from around the country for this programme, run by Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Enterprise, The Culture Capital Exchange and City University Business School, London on behalf of Arts Council England.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what skills and tools I can develop through the programme,” says Browning, “and how this can help deepen my work with SÓN, developing the things we’re trying to do in Southampton and increasing our cultural impact on both the city and the region as a whole.”

The new SÓN season begins in just a few weeks – with Tchaikovsky Unwrapped in Turner Sims, Southampton – and continues with a mix of concerts and education events, including a Beethoven Gala with John Lill in January. Autumn promises to be a busy time for all, including those devoting time to change and artistic growth.