IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)
The IDEA Framework - Further information
IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. For the past 24 years, Youth Music has championed the importance of inclusion in music making and learning They've collaborated with 8 music hubs (including Leicestershire Music ) to pilot a brand-new accreditation framework. This was conceived to support music organisations to improve their practices.
The framework is designed to create cultural change across multiple areas of music hub work. It's broken down into eight 'pillars' of practice as you can see below.
The IDEA pilot project is currently testing the framework through a year of action research, learning, and peer support. If you'd like to know more, visit www.youthmusic.org.uk/IDEA
The IDEA Framework is cited as good practice in the Arts Council England 'Music Education Hubs: Inclusion Guidance' published on May 12th 2023.
And the IDEA Framework Summary underpins our work at Leicestershire Music and the Youth Music IDEA Resource List has supported the development of our IDEA work.
Here at Leicestershire Music….
'We believe that a high quality, diverse and innovative musical offer gives children and young people the greatest opportunity to find a pathway through music education which is right for them. We want to create connections between so-called formal, non-formal, and informal approaches to learning. Our responsibility is not just to deliver work, but through partnerships, to also connect the music education and cultural landscape across Leicester-Shire and beyond'.
Leicestershire Music Hub working group 2019
We aim to remove the barriers that all young people face throughout their musical journey. We will transform progression pathways and build a more diverse staff to create inclusive working cultures that provide sustainable music making for all. We are committed to make a complete shift in music education.
We pledge to:
1) Work in partnership with schools, partner organisations and parents to drive sustainable change
2) Examine our staff and pupil diversity addressing gaps for under-represented demographics and work towards equalities and diversity at all levels of our organisation.
3) Confront the assumptions made about whose voices are most valued in music education while involving those from under-represented groups
4) Empower and support staff to be positive role models for equality and diversity.
5) Understand the impact of our work on all members of our communities and for our work to reflect the equality and diversity within these communities.
6) Implement at least 3 new actions to help drive diversity and inclusion by January 2022
The protected characteristics covered by the Public-Sector Equality Duty are:
• age • disability • gender reassignment • marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination) • pregnancy and maternity • race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality • religion or belief – this includes lack of belief • sex • sexual orientation
Leicestershire Music is part of the Music Education Hubs East Midlands (MEHEM). We are committed to making improvements relating to IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) and we are developing a region-wide IDEA collaborative strategy to take immediate action to improve IDEA outcomes for all young people across the region. Please check out our approach here:
MEHEM link: https://www.mehem.org/about-us/equity-diversity-and-inclusions-edi-our-approach-and-development.aspx
Leicestershire Music has developed its own Strategic plan for IDEA. You can read more here:
Strategic Plan for IDEA Draft (MS Word, 277 Kb)
In March 2023 Sharon Jagdev Powell hosted a panel discussion at the Music and Drama Expo on EDI in the National Plan for Music Education.
MEC Expo presentation (PDF, 245 Kb)
MEC expo write up March 2023 (MS Word, 160 Kb)
Useful IDEA Links & Resources
Please click on a heading below to access the relevant links
Anti-Racism in Music Education
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0141990562/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_53RJBR4RCQKBAX9F4364
Wish We Knew What to Say: Talking with Children About Race https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0349702055/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_BXQZD10J7G233PGQG8PN
How To Be an Antiracist https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/152911182X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_R724M7F8C0W72GXWJRAM
Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0745313736/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_NJ19HR0M6NE0PGNVZ51K
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1529405106/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_15SZJF5QK4ZT57KE98EX
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1473661234/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_QZ6V1C38VXHJGQ5QTJCE
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race: The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1408870584/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_C0A9XFTJWYM5FR0DFS0D
Jews Don't Count https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0008399476/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_W1G3XQD91RS2224VWJY5
Black and British A short essential history & Black and British A Forgotten History By David Olusoga 2 Books Collection Set https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/9124062960/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_MB9F6TNJ0W1YJG2FYQWM
Where Are All The Black Female Composers?: The Ultimate Fun Facts Guide (Why Music?) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1999753038/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_0W4DAZY1XWHXW6SE1CRE
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1784705039/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_S0BPXYVRZ1VD69ES8DRN
Important information & useful links on the topic of trans and non-binary people and how to make adjustments for inclusion
Equality Diversity in Concert Halls Donne UK (PDF, 4.4 Mb)
Black Arts in Education - Guidance Resource (PDF, 174 Kb)
Black Arts Curriculum Resource List (PDF, 212 Kb)