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Youth Music & the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England is a movement for change throughout music education, supported by Youth Music. 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 sure that no young person misses out. Read more about our inclusion strategy here.

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 and LinkedIn, and contact your local Alliance founder partner to ask to be kept informed. Find out more about your local AMIE organisation using this interactive map.

About the Alliance founders 

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

They’re working together, to increase musically inclusive practice in music education hubs and improve the quality of music delivery for children and young people. They do this through advocacy, CPD, resources and strategic alliances.

There are 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. 

Music Education Hubs

MAC Makes Music works in close partnership with five Music Education Hubs to support musical inclusion across the region. Our music programme is driven, informed and reviewed by this strategy group:

Birmingham Music Education Hub* – Lead Organisation: Services for Education, Music Service

Coventry Music Education Hub – Lead Organisation: Coventry Music

Sandwell Music Education Hub – Lead Organisation: SIPS Education, Schools Music and Arts Service

Solihull Music Education Hub – Lead Organisation: Solihull Music

Worcestershire Music Education Hub – Lead Organisation: Severn Arts 

MAC Makes Music has supported these Music Education Hubs to develop ‘Music Inclusion Strategies’ for their lead and partner organisations. After a process of needs analysis and consultation the group of hubs agreed on 9 strategic priorities plus actions relevant to all, and then added in detailed actions relevant to their local areas.

*Winner of the 2018 Music Education Council Major Award

Other Partnerships

We work with a variety of individuals and organisations to deliver our innovative and creative music making opportunities for young people, and to deliver high quality training opportunities, while advocating for musical inclusion at a regional and national level.

Examples include:

- National Charities such as Music and the Deaf.

- Arts and Cultural Organisations such as Quench Arts, OpenUp Music  and National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO). 

- Independent specialists such as Nicola Burke and Phil Mullen.

- Primary and Secondary Schools with Resource Bases/Focus Provision, and Special Schools.

- Nurseries and collective organisations such as Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching School Alliance.

- Alternative Provision and Pupil Referral Units.

- Local family support groups.

Birmingham Early Years Music Consortium (BEYMC).

If you would like to discuss a partnership with MAC Makes Music, please email holly.radford@macbirmingham.co.uk

Other Funding

In previous years MAC Makes Music received generous support from: The Radcliffe Trust, Arts Connect WM, Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, Baron Davenport's Charity, Birmingham Bodenham Trust, The Douglas Turner Trust, Eveson Charitable Trust, Roughley Trust, The George Henry Collins Charitable Trust, Zurich Community Trust, Bite Size Pieces Trust, The Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.

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