Welcome new people: building diversity and inclusion (online event)

Little figures of generic people in different colours (red, yellow, green, blue, purple)


United Kingdom
Monday, 13 May 2024 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ticket price: 
About the event: 

If you’d like your group and your audience to be more diverse and inclusive, thinking about how you recruit and welcome people is crucial. And if you want to increase your membership and your audiences, recruiting and welcoming new people in a way that is inclusive means you’ve more chance of success. Whatever your driver, there are actions you can take that will remove the barriers to joining your activity and provide access to more people. 

Creating an activity or event that is accessible, welcoming and inclusive of everyone starts with one big question: what are the barriers that would exclude someone from coming … and staying? People who experience barriers to making and enjoying music are more likely to be disabled, from an ethnic minority, have a mental or physical health condition or be in challenging socio-economic circumstances. How do you create an invitation so everyone feels able and welcome to come and take part in the events and activities you organise? And how do you make sure that when they arrive, they are fully included and want to come back?

In this session, we’ll talk through a person-centred approach to removing barriers to participation for new audiences, participants or members. We’ll focus on marketing, recruitment and point of entry and some simple actions your group can take to creating an accessible, inclusive and welcoming environment. In breakout rooms, you’ll have the chance to talk about your own group environment and discuss some realistic solutions that will work for you.

We'll talk about:

  • Spotting barriers to inclusion in your activity
  • Marketing an opportunity in an inclusive way
  • How to ask about barriers and work collaboratively to remove
  • Welcoming first time attenders
  • Including a newcomer so they want to return 

There will be an opportunity to ask questions via the chat function during the event.
There will be a short break during the event.

Who this event is for:

This session will be useful for anyone in your group who organises and/or markets performances, workshops, socials, rehearsals and any other activity your group delivers. The session is aimed at all member groups, not just those with a specific inclusion remit.

This event is part of our Access and Inclusion programme, and is more focussed on recruitment and welcoming than our previous events 'Creating accessible and inclusive activity' and ‘Tackling barriers to access and inclusion'.  

Cost: FREE for members and non-members

We will be using Zoom to host the meeting, and will email you the link to the join the event, two days and again two hours before the event is due to start.

Places are limited, so reserve yours now.

Please read the event information below before reserving your place.

Reserve your tickets now

Registration for this event closes at 2.00pm on Monday 13 May 2024.

Event information: 

  • This event includes a Powerpoint presentation (slides will be sent out in advance)
  • This event includes participant-led discussion
  • Questions will be taken via the chat function at this event
  • Breakout rooms will be used at this event
  • Automated closed captions (subtitles) will be available at this event. If you require live captioning, please contact us to request this


Expected event schedule:

  • 4.00pm: welcome and how we will use the Zoom features
  • 4.05pm: updates from Making Music
  • 4.15pm: event topic
  • 5.00pm approx: short break
  • 5.10pm: event continues
  • 6.00pm: finish

Timings may vary on the day.

Recording information:
We may decide to record this event, either for publishing on our website, or so that we can review it internally.

  • We will announce at the beginning of the event if a recording is being made and what it will be used for
  • We will usually record in speaker view, meaning only people who speak will be recorded
  • If you speak, your image and voice will be captured in the recording
  • Attendee names as displayed in a Zoom meeting will not be captured in the recording
  • If you do not want your image to be captured, you may turn off your camera during the event. However, please be aware that if you do, your name will be displayed in place of your image, unless you have uploaded an image to your profile in Zoom
  • Breakout rooms will not normally be recorded
  • Your comments in the chat box will not form part of the recording

By booking a place and attending this event, you consent to being recorded in this way.

Inclusivity statement:
We aim to make our events as accessible as possible. If you have any particular accessibility requirements or if there is anything else we can do to help make the event a better experience for you, please let us know.

Cancellation policy:

Making Music reserves the right to cancel an event due to low attendance numbers, adverse weather conditions or other circumstances which make it no longer possible to run the event. If you have booked a place and Making Music cancels the event, we will offer you a full refund where applicable.