[PROGRAMME UPDATE] Deeper, lasting change and rolling out what works

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We’ve come a long way since the beginning of this national programme. Now as we approach year 4 of our current Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE) programme (also known as Youth Music’s ‘Fund C’), we’re focusing on organisational and workforce development to accelerate change. Here’s a brief rundown of what’s been happening recently and a sneak preview of what’s to come. More to follow soon!

Rollout of nurture groups – music’s link with inclusion and wellbeing is gaining more interest from local authorities and schools. The nurture groups that began in Hertfordshire are now being used as a model in other music services such as Essex, Cambridgeshire and others, sometimes focusing on specific groups of children such as looked-after children in Essex.

Peer network for inclusion managers – we’re going to be running more themed peer support networks for music service managers and tutors. The first is our network for inclusion project managers. We’ve had two meetings so far and everyone’s found them incredibly valuable, sharing learning and advice.

A determined focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) action plans.  This is where we believe that change will really happen. All of our partners are working on these action plans for inclusion. These plans set specific targets on how to embed equality, diversity and inclusion within the workings of music services. 

Watch out for our surveys, coming soon, to give you an opportunity to feed into our plans, but currently our plans for year four – driven by a more determined theory of change – include:

  1. An EDI Bootcamp series of twilight workshops  
  2. Themed working groups and content – eg decolonisation (watch out for our April Music Teacher magazine article, about how decolonisation can go further than representation)
  3. Training and consultancy/mentoring support around eg embedding inclusion in music service quality systems, lead inclusion tutor training, music and trauma, setting up critical reflection groups
  4. Resources, content and communications sharing learning from our music service partners – including topics such as how to embed song-writing for emotional learning within instrumental teachers practice.  

Changing Tracks is a programme of peer support and learning for and with music services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. It is run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. It was previously called MusicNet East. We help music services to be more inclusive by providing a peer network facilitated by Music Mark, funding for action research, support and challenge, advice and resources.

Find out more about us, or check out the other resources and blogs on this site for more helpf for music services, and visit the AMIE Musical Inclusion Resource Hub for more inclusion tools and guidance, blogs, videos, and case studies, to help you break down barriers to music-making.

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