Soundabout’s Approach to Inclusion and Diversity

We are committed to equality, valuing diversity within our workforce, and to creating a musical community without barriers, informed by the social model of disability.

Everyone should be free to participate regardless of gender, race, ability, religion, sexuality or age. We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, political beliefs, socio-economic status – or any other grounds.

Our goal is to ensure that these commitments, reinforced by our values, are embedded in our day-today working practices with participants, families, colleagues, practitioners, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders.

Soundabout’s mission is to create a musical community without barriers. To do this, we must put inclusion at the heart of our practice at all levels. We recognise that many barriers exist in our society preventing people from reaching their potential. We are working hard to develop Soundabout so that we can contribute to creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces, and delivery programmes that really meet the needs of our community and wider society.

We recognise that as an organisation in the past we haven’t put enough attention to inclusion in its wider context. We are now committed to developing intentional practice to address inequality across - not just characteristics protected by law such as race and gender, but also areas such as class, education and language.

Soundabout has a working Action Plan to ensure we remain accountable to this commitment, and we have a monthly voluntary working group that contributes their talents to help us meet our aims.

We will demonstrate our commitment by:

Our Key Areas of Focus

2021

We have been focused on two key areas of our business: recruitment practices and our Governance structures.

2022

Our priorities will be pathways to creating a diverse music practitioner workforce and ensuring the voice of our community is reflected across all planning and delivery