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Musical Inclusion Programme

Projects and initiatives dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and young people access music in all its many different forms.

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Our musical inclusion activities, focus on providing access for those living in the most challenging of circumstances and who, as a consequence, may not have the same opportunities as others to take part in high quality music activity.

The young people we work with include:

  • Looked-after-children (i.e. in foster care)

  • Young carers

  • Those suffering from mental ill-health or with emotional/behavioural problems

  • Those with special educational needs including physical and mental/learning disabilities and communication disorders (e.g. autism, ADHD etc.)

  • Visually impaired and deaf children

  • Those attending pupil referral units

  • NEET (Not in employment, education or training) groups.

Projects are typically undertaken in partnership with a third sector agency, local authority service provider, or private sector organisation working with specific groups of disadvantaged children and young people on a daily basis. The type of activities we deliver are shaped by the views of the young people taking part.  

Recent examples of projects we have delivered can be found on our projects page.

The programme has been running since 2012 and was initiated by the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub Delivery Partners as a follow-up to the Northamptonshire Youth Music Action Zone.

In April 2015, we received the welcome news that our new inclusion project, "Music Forge", had been awarded a 3-year grant by Youth Music. This means we are can continue our work here in Northamptonshire and, for the first time, develop new initiatives through our subsidiary charity, Rutland Music, as well. Even more importantly, it means we can continue to offer a wide range of open and inclusive musical opportunities to disadvantaged children and young people free or at a greatly subsidised cost.

For further details about this area of work please contact Simon Steptoe, Musical Inclusion Programme and Partnership Manager on: or through the main office on or 01604 637117.


Organisations supporting the programme for 2016/17 academic year:

NMPAT receives support from:
NMPAT is a company Limited by Guarantee (Company No. 7738151) and a registered charity (Charity No. 1145643)