MusicNet East is a musical inclusion development project hosted within Hertfordshire Music Service which since 2012, has been supported by a series of Youth Music strategic grants .
MusicNet East 2012-15 developed a musical inclusion network across East Anglia, to bring inclusion ‘to the table’ of the newly formed Music Education Hubs. It developed dialogue between inclusion organisations, community musicians, instrumental teachers to develop inclusive models of instrumental teaching, including building capacity for music-based mentoring within instrumental music teaching.
MusicNet East 2015-18 developed a partnership of Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire Music Services, to apply inclusion models developed within Hertfordshire as catalysts for further development within all three services. Running as part of Youth Music’s strategic Fund C project, MNE 2015-18 identified challenges, enablers and benefits of services developing capacity for musical inclusion, particularly noting the value of embedding critical reflection throughout music services. We were delighted that four of our inclusion models were featured within Youth Music’s guidance to Hubs on embedding inclusion within core roles.
MusicNet East:Changing Tunes is running from 2020-2022, as part of Youth Music’s strategic ‘Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England’. It builds on learning from the previous projects to develop a National Music Services Working Group for Inclusion, in partnership with Music Mark and Youth Music. Changing Tunes annually invites music services to bid for funding to run their own action-based research projects, and to share their learning about the challenges, enablers and benefits of music services embedding inclusion.