'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”.

Grassroots venues face discrimination on business rates, says UK Music

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24 May 2019

The industry body says 124 venues would save more than £4,000 each a year if they were offered the same discounts as pubs and bars.

Join the club

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23 May 2019

Adam Szabo shares seven principles that have helped Manchester Collective attract younger audiences to its classical concerts.

ACE pledges £1.5m to grassroots music venues

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10 May 2019

Previously criticised as “too posh for pop”, Arts Council England has voiced support for genres including rock and hip-hop.

My gurus - Nick Anderson

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17 Apr 2019

Nick Anderson, Programme Producer at The Sick of the Fringe, looks back on the people who have inspired and shaped his career.

Venue secures legal protection against noise complaints

12 Apr 2019

A planning condition will prevent any future residents in a housing development adjacent to The Stables in Milton Keynes from submitting private nuisance complaints about the noise.

Finding a voice

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11 Apr 2019

As composition becomes increasingly sidelined in school music, Natalie Watson discusses a mentoring scheme providing professional support to promising students.

Inspiring tomorrow's classical composers

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04 Apr 2019

Contemporary classical music aligns naturally with children's playful approach to sound, says Nancy Evans.

Music teachers on course to gain workers’ rights

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22 Mar 2019

Music teachers should be treated as ‘workers’ and provided with holiday pay, national minimum wage and whistle-blower protections, according to a new tribunal ruling.

MPs urge music industry to invest in grassroots talent

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21 Mar 2019

A parliamentary inquiry has also taken the unusual step of warning the public not to purchase tickets from re-seller Viagogo, which it says has caused distress to “too many music fans”.

ACE plans to match crowdfunding for Music Education Hubs

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08 Mar 2019

The move follows a 2017 pilot project that found arts and heritage crowdfunding donations increased by 17% when the project was match-funded.

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