AYM joins major national alliance to support a new generation of young musicians

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) are delighted to announce that they have been invited by Youth Music to join the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England.

The Alliance aims to transform music education in England by challenging policymakers, education providers and arts organisations to ensure that all children and young people can access music-making which is suitable for their needs and relevant to their interests. This means diversifying the genres of music on offer, giving young people ownership of their musical learning, removing the structural barriers which prevent participation, and forming strong links locally, nationally and with the music industry to support future generations of musicians.

Hester Cockcroft
AYM’s Chief Executive

“As we reach our 20th anniversary year in 2018 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.”

Matt Griffiths
CEO of Youth Music

“Inclusion is central to everything we do. The Alliance will work with the wider music education sector, extending the reach of musically inclusive practice and driving change. We have a strong evidence base which demonstrates the wide ranging social benefits of music, and we want that to be at the heart of music education practice. We hope that, with our influence, music education of the future will look very different.”

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