Our Future Music

Developing inclusive music practice


Our Future Music is a regional programme addressing barriers to music-making for children and young people in a collaborative, innovative and sustainable way.  Together we:


  • Co-develop diverse and inclusive musical programmes with young people

  • Support young people with special educational needs and/or disability

  • Facilitate youth-led music spaces, based in local communities

  • Provide training and resources that incorporate inclusive approaches

  • Co-develop and deliver inclusive activities with partner organisations

  • Create new access points to Music Education Hubs for children and young people


This four-year programme will establish a 10-year strategy built on three strategic pillars, designed to impact on musical engagement, social mobility and community cohesion:


  • Workforce training and professional development, supporting music leaders to develop more inclusive approaches.

  • Community-based ‘music spaces’, putting young people at the heart of developing new music programmes in their community settings.

  • Inclusive ensembles, promoting progression routes for children and young people with SEN/D and/or in challenging circumstances.


As part of The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE), Our Future Music is delivered by the Southern Music Hub Alliance, and supported by Youth Music. The five music hub partners are:


  • Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (SoundCity – lead partner)

  • East Sussex Music Hub

  • Kent Music

  • Surrey Music Hub

  • West Sussex Music


SoundCity: Brighton & Hove

In Brighton & Hove the Our Future Music programme has led to the development of:


  • New music spaces in East Brighton (SoundCity Drop in Sessions) and Hangleton & Knoll (U Studios 2)

  • Increased progression pathways for young musicians with special educational needs/disabilities (O360 inclusive ensemble)

  • A series of professional development events for music leaders, focused on inclusive practice.

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