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Access and inclusion – What does it mean for participatory arts?

Led by Amateo member Making Music from the UK

Thursday 5th May
9.30 – 11 GMT / 10.30 – 12 CET

Access and inclusion – What does it mean for participatory arts?

We are all passionate about making our activities open and attractive for all potential participants, but what does this mean and how can we start on this journey?

Making Music’s Barbara Eifler and Alison Reeves have been focussing more on this work since 2021 and will share:

– how they started
– what inclusion, diversity and access mean for Making Music and its members
– what challenges they have encountered, and
– what they have learnt so far

There will be plenty of opportunity for others to share their experiences and for questions to be asked.

This webinar will be of interest to all Amateo members and all networks or groups looking to break down barriers for new and existing participants in their activities.

Making Music is the UK association for leisure-time music groups, with over 3,800 groups in membership which include about 215,000 hobby musicians. There are members in all four UK nations and they are amateur orchestras, choirs, brass bands, ukulele groups, choral societies, jazz ensembles, community choirs, drumming circles, wind bands, barbershop choruses, folk groups, saxophone groups, and much more.

Barbara Eifler is Making Music’s Chief Executive. Born in Italy to German parents, Barbara eventually settled in London, England. Following an earlier career as stage manager in theatre, Barbara has been leading Making Music since 2013.

She sings, and plays the cornet in a brass band.

Alison Reeves is Making Music’s Manager in Scotland and also the designated staff member leading on inclusion and access. After working in youth theatre and running a community arts centre, Alison who lives in Edinburgh has now been with Making Music over 5 years.

She plays the fiddle in a Scottish traditional music band.


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