UK charity Youth Music has published a new report, Reshape Music, which explores the challenges facing disabled musicians ‘in education and beyond’. It’s the result of interviews with hundreds of musicians, music educators and retailers.
“Disabled people make up over a fifth of the population and yet they are hugely under-represented in the music industry and in music education,” is the key problem tackled by the report, with Youth Music keen for its findings to inform policy in the UK to change that.
The challenges outlined range from finding and buying the right instrument, to accessing music lessons and getting opportunities to perform.
It also offers a set of recommendations to improve access and choice for disabled musicians, as well as ensuring they are better represented and supported by the music industry. You can read the full report here.