EDIB Network Launch Event

15 January 2022


10am -1pm

As you will be aware, since the publication of our Diversity Report we have been working to support the call for much needed change within our profession. Events such as the panel discussion at the Michael Swallow Memorial Lecture at the conference and the Racial Awareness event held earlier this year as well as numerous individual conversations we have had with members have given us opportunities to listen and learn as we start the beginning of this long term process.

Moving forward, we are looking into ways that can best facilitate and provide safe spaces for the continuation of these important conversations. Importantly, we are aware of a current lack of opportunities for members to be able to raise, contribute and be heard. We are therefore pleased to announce that on 15th January 2022 we will be launching an EDIB network.

This network will be open to all members. The aim of the network is to provide opportunities for all to meet, listen and be heard in a supportive platform where any EDIB issues can be discussed. It will also provide a more direct opportunity for you to be able to highlight issues that matter to you directly with us and ensures that your input shapes the work that we do to start to understand and address all EDIB issues that exist within the profession.

As part of our launch we will be hosting an online event which will include a follow up conversation from members of the panel from the Racial Awareness event. It will also include a presentation featuring the preliminary results from a recent diversity survey sent to all Music Therapy trainees and programme leaders. The project is ongoing, it is the researchers' hope that the preliminary results may open up a discussion on the level of cultural awareness and diversity within training courses. In addition to this, there will be the opportunity for small group discussions for all to contribute ideas for EDIB related CPD events that would be of benefit to you, the membership.

We appreciate that EDIB work covers a range of complex issues and would like to reiterate that this group is to be an open and safe space for everyone. As we progress we will develop more specific working groups and networks to work on the range of diversity issues we need to improve upon. We will be sending out further details about the launch in due course, but please pencil the date in your diaries.

Many thanks,