£1m kick-starts National Endowment for Music in Wales

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17 Feb 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

Emotional responses to music

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16 Feb 2017

Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.

The power of the lullaby

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14 Feb 2017

A fascination with lullabies has led Supriya Nagarajan to produce inter-cultural performances and education projects around the world. She tells the story. 

A winning formula

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09 Feb 2017

The Orchestra of the Swan has found a formula for boldly commissioning new works that pleases both composers and audiences. David Curtis explains his approach.

ABO: “Orchestras cannot continue doing more for less”

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27 Jan 2017

Successful audience development strategies have not led to an increase in earned income, and public funding must be restored, a new report has concluded.

Calm consideration

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26 Jan 2017

As the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall becomes more divisive, Jodi Myers says it’s time for some careful thought.

If I were 22: Sandro Mussida

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24 Jan 2017

An unexpected treasure is what your soul desires, composer and musician Sandro Mussida tells people starting a career in the arts.

Wales must ring-fence music education funding, committee told

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18 Jan 2017

A government committee has been warned that a crisis is facing music in Wales and new ideas are essential.

City of London revives plans for world-class concert hall

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13 Jan 2017

£2.5m has been pledged to enable the feasibility study for the £278m venue to be concluded after the Government pulled out. 

Job ladder – Michelle Abbey

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05 Jan 2017

Chelsea Theatre’s Community Development Manager Michelle Abbey discusses her career engaging audiences and promoting diversity.  

Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative develops life and learning skills

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25 Nov 2016

News of the scheme’s holistic benefits follows the announcement of £660k funding to music charities across the country.

No link between In Harmony participation and attainment

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24 Nov 2016

Boys and children with special educational needs remain under-represented in the music education programme’s extra-curricular provision, according to a new report.

A mental makeover for classical music

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24 Nov 2016

Tired of seeing classical music magazines filled with middle-aged white faces, James Fleury proposes four ‘mental makeovers’ that could help increase diversity in the sector. 

‘Invaluable’ music service saved by not-for-profit community organisation

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15 Nov 2016

The intervention by soundLINCS will enable the Lincolnshire-based MUSIC:LINK to continue operating into its 30th year.

Two out of three music industry workers suffer from depression, survey suggests

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03 Nov 2016

Anti-social hours, lack of pay and exhaustion lead to a ‘profound difficulty’ in sustaining a living in the industry.

Music Education Hubs extend reach despite funding cuts

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28 Oct 2016

The hubs survived increasing local authority cuts but the failure to engage boys and young people with special educational needs persists, a new report finds.

New direction for Help Musicians UK

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07 Oct 2016

Organisations that “challenge the status quo” will be eligible for funding through Help Musicians UK’s new open access grants programme.

If I were 22: Chad Lawson

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03 Oct 2016

Chad Lawson’s music has been used on The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries. His advice for 22 year-olds? Never stop learning. Or baking cookies.

Classical music becoming middle class, committee hears

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09 Sep 2016

A meeting of the Countries of Culture inquiry this week heard about the challenges facing regional arts organisations following local authority cuts.

My Gurus – Kathryn Deane

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01 Sep 2016

As she prepares to retire, Sound Sense’s Kathryn Deane reflects on those that have – often unknowingly – inspired her work. 

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