National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

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The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence (NCIE) is a national initiative, established by Bristol Music Trust, which aims to transform the music industry and education sectors by removing barriers to participation at all levels. To do this, the NCIE brings together partners from the music industry, higher education, local and national government, and creative and cultural organisations to connect the dots between music education and the music industry.

There are many barriers which prevent talented young musicians from fulfilling their potential. These barriers may be physical, attitudinal, or a symptom of inflexible institutions and plain old-fashioned-ness. Through the NCIE, Bristol Music Trust and its partners are directly supporting creative, talented young people to develop the artistic and professional skills needed to enter the music industry or higher education. The work will provide support at multiple levels, with clear routes through from initial experiences as a participant in the classroom, to performing on stage, to teaching the next generation of artists.

The aim is to break the cycle of under-representation and exclusion by raising the bar, both in terms of the level of opportunity for disabled people, and also in terms of the confidence the music industry has in its ability to represent the whole of the UK.

Throughout 2018/19 Disability Arts Online worked with Bristol Music Trust to help solidify its messaging and thinking around the NCIE.

“Having a well-informed sounding board for how our language was being shaped was a vital part of the development of more inclusive messaging.”

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