Sector fights ‘impossible’ new visa rules for EU nationals

26 Feb 2020

Shocked musicians fear European countries will respond in kind to stricter visa and immigration requirements for touring artists.

‘It has truly shaped me’: Sergey Smbatyan – Job Ladder

05 Feb 2020

The founder of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra on why he wants to inspire others with the “profundity” of clasical music.

ABRSM 'kicked out of China'

30 Jan 2020

The music exam board’s inability to operate freely in one of its biggest markets may become problematic as domestic exam numbers decline.

Creators alarmed by Government’s U-turn on copyright laws

27 Jan 2020

On the eve of Brexit, musicians and authors are calling for equivalent legislation to safeguard their intellectual property rights.

Government offers hope of ‘comprehensive music strategy’

22 Jan 2020

Tax relief for venues and EU touring visas are also on the table, DCMS Minister Nigel Adams confirmed.

Classical music must face up to abuse

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06 Dec 2019

Harassment will continue until institutions are willing to take difficult decisions, says Jonathan Knott.

Review launched at Royal Academy of Music following sexual harassment complaints

05 Dec 2019

An expert on sexual misconduct in higher education says the conservatoire’s senior staff must “take the lead in challenging behaviours and attitudes among their colleagues” to transform their culture – and the culture of classical music.

Musicians call for protections to limit Brexit damage

03 Dec 2019

A new manifesto says freelance workers have “little protection from exploitation” and warns of a grim future for touring performers.

Value of UK music rises to £5.2bn despite Brexit fears

18 Nov 2019

Employment hits an all-time high and Britney Spears delivers a boost to the Yorkshire and Humber economy.

Music management ‘increasingly unsustainable’, report says

08 Nov 2019

New research suggests the expanding role of music managers and an outdated earnings model means “we run the risk of losing many of these talented professionals altogether”.

'Serious structural deficiencies' in music creation, survey finds

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01 Oct 2019

A survey of arts leaders, teachers and musicians finds composing is being sidelined, with unclear progression routes and declining confidence among aspiring young composers.

Music scheme improved deprived children’s creativity and wellbeing 

23 Sep 2019

A new report on the impact of a music making programme has highlighted positive changes in the “creativity, emotional literacy, motivation and self-efficacy” of young people, the scheme’s manager says. 

Live music in the Midlands ‘rapidly declining’

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07 Aug 2019

An undersized musician population, a lack of artist support and performance space pressures: why live music in the Midlands is falling behind the rest of the UK.

Pledge Music liquidated owing thousands

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05 Aug 2019

The Insolvency Office will investigate the crowdfunding platform’s failure, but repayment of what’s “rightfully” owed to musicians seems unlikely.

Head teachers partly to blame for drop in school arts provision, says Vaizey

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19 Jul 2019

The former Culture Minister says his party’s decision to “relentlessly” focus on STEM hurt music education – but also blames head teachers for not prioritising the arts.

Rise in London music venues

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19 Jul 2019

The reversal of a decade-long pattern of decline has been credited to changes in policy including the end of the “discriminatory” Form 696.

Government must act to protect freedom of movement

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11 Jul 2019

Many British musicians fear that Brexit will reduce their ability to travel easily and cheaply around Europe for work. Francesca Treadaway calls for action to protect their livelihoods.

My Gurus: A life of learning

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03 Jul 2019

Music at Paxton General Manager Elizabeth Macdonald looks back on the teachers and mentors who have inspired her and continue to influence her work.

Experimental instrument lab re-launched

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13 Jun 2019

A new partnership hopes to bring disabled and non-disabled musicians together to create accessible instruments and remove barriers to participation.

Children from deprived areas shut out of music qualifications

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31 May 2019

Research finds that “large geographical areas are completely without music provision at A level”.

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