The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence (NCIE) is a national programme, set up by Bristol Music Trust with funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music, to explore the civic role of music and the arts and their impact on individuals, communities and society. The NCIE works through a national partnership of music industry, higher education, local and national government, and other institutions across the arts and cultural sector. The NCIE draws upon the expertise of its partners to commission research, challenge existing practice, highlight examples of best practice, and, where necessary, develop new and innovative ways of working across a range of areas, including health, technology, inclusion, and artist development.
From September 2018, the NCIE will begin a four-year programme of work as part of Youth Music’s Fund C portfolio, which will focus on enabling talented, young musicians to overcome disabling barriers to their musical progression and develop the artistic and professional skills they need to enter the music industry or higher education. From September 2020, the NCIE will be based in Bristol Music Trust’s transformed concert hall in Bristol, working nationally with major concert halls such as the Sage Gateshead and Barbican Centre, in London.