Musical Inclusion – Improving outcomes for children in challenging circumstances through music

Daisi’s Soundwave project is supported by Youth Music through the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE). AMIE is 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. There are 13 founder organisations, led and supported by Youth Music thanks to funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. Find out more here: Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

Daisi is making sure that musical opportunities are available, accessible and inclusive to Devon and Torbay’s most in need young people. Developing partnerships and sustainable models of practice to ensure that these opportunities continue into the future.

“I had no confidence when I first came into the room but became more comfortable during the session as I was allowed to be creative and be myself.”  young person

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More about AMIE

AMIE 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. 

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 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@YouthMusicNet and LinkedIn, and contact your local Alliance founder partner to ask to be kept informed.