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National survey calls on disabled community to share experiences of access to music services

November 15, 2018

A press release:

A consortium of Arts Council funded organisations is calling on musicians, music educators and the parents of disabled children across the UK to help them gather data on the barriers facing disabled people with regard to access and participation in music.

The Department for Education’s National Plan for Music aims for “equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked after children.” But, the consortium asks, how well are these objectives being met, and what can we do together to make music more accessible for all?

Recent statistics published by the Musician’s Union show that increasingly children in state schools and particularly those from low income families are unable to access the opportunities available to their more affluent peers. More worrying still, there are no national data sets available that describe the experiences and particular barriers faced by disabled children and young people with regard to participation in music.

The consortium (comprising Creative United, Drake Music, Open Up Music, The OHMI Trust and Youth Music) is aiming to address this gap by conducting a series of surveys targeted at music makers, educators and retailers that will help build a detailed overview of the current provision of accessible music services across the country.

Findings and stories will be made publicly available on the Creative United website and shared with educators, funders, and policymakers across the UK to inform the planning of future projects and investment.

Today’s national call out coincides with Purple Tuesday, the UK’s first accessible shopping day. Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive of Creative United, which runs the Take it away scheme said: “We are determined to ensure that disabled people of all ages are given every opportunity to participate fully in music, and that both the music education and retail sectors are better equipped and prepared to respond to the access needs of disabled customers. But in order to achieve this, it’s essential that we understand more about the way in which disabled people are currently being supported. That’s why this research is so important.”

Surveys will remain open until 15 January 2019. Members of the public who complete the ‘Music Makers’ survey have the opportunity to be entered into a £100 prize draw.

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  1. November 15, 2018 1:25 am

    Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

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