The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England is a movement for change throughout music education.

As one of 13 founder organisations, we’re part of a growing network of organisations working together to promote equity in music education and support others to do the same through advocacy, continuing professional development, resources, and strategic alliances.

There are more than 60 partner organisations – such as music education hubs – who are working with us to make change happen in music education.

Why the Alliance is needed

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.

Many young people say music is central to their lives, but despite this 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.

What being musically inclusive involves

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 us all to take action. If you want to help create a musically inclusive England, sign up to the Youth Music Network, follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn, or contact us to ask to be kept informed. You can find out more about the Alliance here.

The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England is led and supported by Youth Music thanks to funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.