The Alliance for a musically inclusive England is a movement for change throughout music education, led by the National Foundation for Youth Music

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 (MUSINC!) 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 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.

If you are interested in being involved in the work of the Alliance and would like to support our work in creating a musically inclusive England, get in touch via either of the following links:

On a local level (through MUSINC) – musinc@middlesbrough.gov.uk

On a national level (through Youth Music) – grants@youthmusic.org.uk