Gone in the Air

Gone in the Air is NYMAZ’s campaign for a rounded approach to out-of-school music education, to ensure children in rural England have equal life chances.

Living in the countryside means that transport times and costs can often limit the musical opportunities open to children and young people. Our research findings demonstrate that participatory music activities can offer invaluable benefits to an individual’s life chances – from improved confidence and enhanced musical ability to transferable skills, which increase employability.

NYMAZ wants to effect real change. We have issued six Calls to Action – essentially a series of policy and practice recommendations – to influence the way in which non-formal, inclusive music provision is funded and delivered.

We are urging funders and delivery organisations to play their part and help to realise our ambitions for improving the prospects of the many children living in rurally isolated parts of the country.

NYMAZ has made its own pledges against each Call to Action and will be reporting back on progress each year. We are also presenting our findings at events and conferences across the UK.

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Summary document (PDF)   

Gone in the Air: Calls to Action (PDF)   

Full research report