Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

NYMAZ is a founding member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England - a movement for change throughout music education.

It is a growing network of organisations working together to promote equity in music education and to 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:

  • 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

There are 13 founder organisations, led and supported by Youth Music thanks to funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. In addition to NYMAZ, they are: Awards for Young Musicians, Brighter Sound, Bristol Music Trust, Daisi, Drake Music, MAC, MusicNet East, MusInc, More Music, Sage Gateshead, Sound Connections, SoundCity/Southern Music Hub Alliance and Youth Music.

There are also 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.

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