Our Future Music
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.
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 sure that no young person misses out.
Musically inclusive practice involves being:
1) equitable - those facing the biggest barriers receive the most support
2) diverse - all musical genres, styles, techniques are valued equally
3) relevant - listening to young people and involving them in decisions
4) representative - of the diversity of participants, workforce and local area
5) holistic - placing equal emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes
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, Daisi, Drake Music, MAC, MusicNet East, MusInc, More Music, NYMAZ, Sage Gateshead, Sound Connections, SoundCity/Southern Music Hub Alliance and Youth Music.
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.
The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE) is a collective of organisations working together to promote equity in music education, supported by Youth Music.
Beginning in April 2018 ‘Our Future Music’ is a four-year programme funded by Youth Music that aims to increase musical engagement, progression and achievement for disadvantaged children and young people across the south-east region by developing more inclusive practice within five Music Education Hubs that form the Southern Music Hub Alliance.
Our Future Music project is funded by Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. The charity works particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.
Projects funded by Youth Music help to break down barriers at all stages – helping children develop an early love of music, providing diverse role models, introducing young people to a wide variety of potential career paths, and working with the music industry to make its practices more inclusive.