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Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

The Alliance for a musically inclusive England is a movement for change throughout music education.

It is a growing network of organisations working together to:

* promote equity in music education

* support others to do the same through advocacy, CPD, resources, and strategic alliances. See the resources on the AMIE Inclusion resource hub.

Evidence shows that music-making is a strong contributor to young people’s personal and social development. It can help them to realise their potential within and outside education, and to deal with some of the big issues facing them today -  including mental health, isolation, youth violence and social inequality.  

But despite this, and the fact that young people say music is central to their lives, too many are missing out on music-making because of who they are, where they live, what they are going through, or the lack of diversity of opportunities.

By embedding inclusive ways of working throughout music education, we can all make that no young person misses out.

What does being musically inclusive involve?

Musically inclusive practice involves making sure young people's music is HEARD:

Holistic - placing emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes

Equitable – people facing the biggest barriers receive the most support

Authentic - developed with and informed by the people we do it for  

Representative – the people we work with as participants and colleagues reflect our diverse society

Diverse – all musical genres, styles, practices are valued equally

Young people need you to take action. If you want to help create a musically inclusive England, sign up to the Youth Music Network, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and contact your local Alliance founder partner to ask to be kept informed.

About the Alliance founders

There are 13 founder organisations, led and supported by Youth Music thanks to funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. 

They are: Awards for Young Musicians, Brighter Sound, Bristol Music Trust, Changing Tunes, Daisi, Drake Music, MAC, MusInc, More Music, NYMAZ, Sage Gateshead, Sound Connections and SoundCity/Southern Music Hub Alliance. 

They’re working together, to increase musically inclusive practice in music education hubs and improve the quality of music delivery for children and young people. They do this through advocacy, CPD, resources and strategic alliances.

There are more than 60 partner organisations - such as music education hubs - who are working with one or more founders to make change happen in music education.

Find out about CPD available from AMIE founders here.

Who are you working with?

Partnerships at local and national levels are central to the work of the Alliance. The partnership network includes 60 Music Education Hub lead organisations, universities, Arts Council England, Arts Council Bridge Organisations and National Portfolio Organisations, young people’s charities, other Youth Music funded organisations, orchestras, and music and arts development organisations.

How do I get involved?

Find your nearest Fund C organisation here:

During the course of 2019/20 we’ll be consulting with the music education sector about what you’d like from the Alliance. We want to partner with individuals and organisations who can challenge the status quo, have a willingness to think differently, to innovate, and to embrace the transformational opportunities that successful and genuine partnership-working can provide.

Watch this space for more information about how you can get involved. If you have any questions or comments about shaping the future of the Alliance, then please email grants@youthmusic.org.uk – we’d love to hear from you.

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