Welcome to Swindon Music Service

Swindon Music Service is a not-for-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) formed in 2019.  Prior  to this, the music service was a long-standing department within the Local Authority’s Children Services.

Its mainly funded through the Department for Education (DfE) grant, which is managed through the Arts Council England (ACE).  This grant is offered to create a mixed economy approach to our work through the National Plan for Music Education.

As a charity we also have a fundraising strategy to allow organisations and individuals to donate to our cause.  The fundraising strategy has been developed to support children and young people access musical opportunities where finance would/could be a barrier. Fundraising

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

What is the purpose of the strategy?

The strategy sets the foundations for Make Music Swindon to build a diverse and inclusive educational culture where staff, children and young people are valued and recognised for their qualities, ideas, voices and perspectives.

Our organisational goals are:

  1. Increasing Diversity of candidates in our recruitment process: Creative Difference
  2. Raise awareness of Unconscious Bias  and how it influences interactions with our staff and students:
  3. Improve the service to be as Inclusive and Diverse as possible by reflecting and celebrating the music of our community: Music Participation-Inclusion>> You can access our Needs Analysis process here: Needs Analysis
  4. Fostering a sense of Belonging with our music hub.

The strategy is based on seeking positive answers to three key questions:

  1. Do all children and young people in Swindon receive high quality music education that is tailored to their needs, interests and abilities?
  2. Do the Hub values embrace inclusion and does its practice and promote it?
  3. How well can the hub’s SMS team individually and collectively recognise and overcome barriers to learning?

Swindon Music Service offers its local delivery partners in the hub a grant from time-to-time to assist them in helping us to deliver our music inclusion offer in Swindon.

South West music hubs Diversity & Inclusion strategy:

Make Music Swindon is working as part of a South West regional sub-group  of Music Mark with other Music hub leads to create a Diversity & Inclusion policy/strategy.  The Aims of the initial work will be looking at the following four strands:

  1. Governance
  2. Workforce
  3. Children & Your People focussed (through youth voice)
  4. Programming

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