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Music Higher Education Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

In line with the RMA’s commitment to promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in all aspects of music studies, the organisation has been working in partnership with MusicHE (formerly NAMHE) on a number of events and other initiatives.

In May 2019, we co-hosted a workshop on ‘Interrogating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music: BAME routes into and through Higher Education’, which brought together representatives from across the Music HE sector and industry organisations such as the Musicians’ Union, Arts Council England, Live Music Now! and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. In January 2020, a follow-up one-day conference was held on ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Higher Education’, with speakers from Music Departments and conservatoires in the UK and beyond sharing experiences and projects aimed at tackling inequalities and underprivilege in the sector.

Together with MusicHE, the RMA has established a Music Higher Education Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, with representatives from a range of scholarly associations. The aim of the group is promote debate and action that will help foster a Music Higher Education for the 21st Century that is inclusive and welcoming to all. This means interrogating the barriers to diversity in our university Music Departments and conservatoires, as well as creating physical spaces and curricula that don’t feel like ‘spaces reserved for others’. Among its planned activities, the Working Group is commissioning a report on current initiatives in the Music HE sector, as a way of sharing experiences and good practice and will be setting up a resources website.

Anyone interested in finding out more about or contributing to the group, please email Laudan Nooshin (

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