National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

One of the ambitions for our £48.8 million transformation programme is to establish the UK’s first National Centre for Inclusive Excellence for young musicians with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Bristol has a strong track record of championing the talent of disabled people in music and the performance arts, establishing a key artistic relationship with the Hall’s Associate Artists The Paraorchestra and Friends who are based at We The Curious.

Bristol Plays Music, our music education hub, has brought together a range of expertise to support the development and training of disabled musicians. Our partners include the One-Handed Instrument Trust, Drake Music, OpenUp Music and the University of the West of England amongst others. Together, we are working to deliver our three year ‘New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence’ which is transforming music education for young people with SEND.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

On the 29th September 2017, a national symposium called ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ was hosted by Bristol Music Trust at Colston Hall in Bristol. The event brought together representatives from the music industry and music education sectors to explore how they might work more strategically to remove barriers to careers in the music industry for young, talented musicians with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D).

Read our full report below on how we’re working with others to remove barriers faced by young musicians.

The Inclusive Practitioner

The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence is now accepting applications for a place on its level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (CME), which will start in September 2018. In addition to six subsidised places, four bursaries for musicians who identify as disabled are also available, thanks to a grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music. The deadline for applications has now closed.

For more information you can view and download a PDF of the course brochure below.

The Inclusive Practitioner (PDF)