AMIE – Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

AYM is a founding member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

The Alliance for a musically inclusive England is a movement for change throughout music education. 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.

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.

Musically inclusive practice involves being:
1) equitable – those facing the biggest barriers receive the most support
2) diverse – all musical genres, styles, techniques are valued equally
3) relevant – listening to young people and involving them in decisions
4) representative – of the diversity of participants, workforce and local area
5) holistic – placing equal emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes 

For more information and to see how your organisation can get involved, visit the Youth Music Network.

“We’re very proud to be one of only 2 national charities in the 13-strong Alliance. This is a major endorsement of the work of AYM. As a member of the Alliance we will receive significant funding from Youth Music over the next four years for our Furthering Talent programme, which will enable us to support and progress the instrumental playing and musical development of many more young people from low-income backgrounds, helping them overcome their personal and cultural challenges, working with parents/carers, music leaders and Hubs to change the way musical progression is supported across England.”

Hester Cockcroft
AYM’s Chief Executive

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