Drake Music Panel Discussion at Music Mark 2017


Our Think2020 team are hosting a panel discussion at Music Mark 2017 to discuss how far the music education sector has come in terms of inclusion and what is still to be achieved.

Co-host of the panel, our Education Manager Jonathan Westrup says:

“I’m enormously encouraged by recent developments in the Music Education sector towards a musically inclusive country. I believe we have the talents and the collective determination to make that a reality sooner rather than later now.”

Panel member Sarah Fisher commented via twitter on the research we released this week about the representation of disabled people in the music education workforce:

“Important research done by @weallmakemusic I’m excited to share and discuss my views of being disabled and working professionally in the music industry @musicmarkuk conference this weekend!”

We spoke to panel member Peter Bolton, Chief Executive of Kent Music about what he sees as the challenges for inclusivity:

“The challenge for me is to embed inclusive practice throughout a large music education hub and I think the challenge for our sector is to understand what we mean by inclusive practice and develop meaningful strategies that enable young people from a wider range of backgrounds to benefit from a music education.”

Join in the panel on Saturday using the hashtag #DMPanel if you’re not able to join us live at the conference.


  • Saturday 25th Nov9.45am – Drake Music’s Keynote Speech delivered by John Kelly
  • Saturday 25th Nov10.30-11.30 – Drake Music Panel Discussion

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