Bridging the academic-classroom divide

Conductor leading a school orchestra
04 May 2021

Music educators often lack the confidence and energy to engage with academic research. Encouraging them to do so may be the way to address the disconnect between the two worlds, argues Dr Steven Berryman.

Alarm at plans to cut higher education arts funding in half

07 May 2021

A consultation on plans to cut arts education funding by £17m says the subjects are not a "strategic priority" for the Government.

Crashing through the barriers to classical music

04 May 2021

Moving an orchestra into a school sparked a creative collaboration that can be replicated to benefit students elsewhere, write Anna Bennett and Adrian Bending.

Model Music Curriculum is a missed opportunity

28 Apr 2021

Jonathan Savage says the Government’s latest intervention in music education is just another clumsy attempt at curriculum reform. The best thing to do with the Model Music Curriculum, he writes, is to ignore it.

Fears raised over the effectiveness of the model music curriculum

09 Apr 2021

The much delayed document will not be enforced by Ofsted and no extra funding has been committed for teacher training.

Major shake-up for BBC arts

BBC concert orchestra on stage
01 Apr 2021

BBC cuts prompt an internal restructuring that will link classical music with arts and factual programming and remove a layer of experienced management.

‘Aftershock’ – orchestras preparing for an uncertain future

31 Mar 2021

The combined effect of Covid and Brexit will make significant dents in the financial viability of the orchestral sector, in spite of Government support so far. Mark Pemberton considers the challenges ahead. 

DCMS Minister voices support for CMA to investigate music streaming

24 Mar 2021

Inquiry offers little hope of a copyright regime change to ensure equitable remuneration for artists any time soon.

Music education must be 'front and centre' as schools return

11 Mar 2021

The Government faces calls to ensure music education is part of the catch-up curriculum after up to 10% of schools stopped teaching it in 2020.

Orchestras, opera companies and choirs add £1.6m to public health

11 Mar 2021

Up to two thirds of UK orchestras are already working in health and social care settings. With NHS support, they could be "at the heart of society’s recovery from the mental and economic scars of Covid-19".

'Mental health crisis' among musicians is worsening, charity warns

10 Mar 2021

Even with a light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, musicians' mental health is suffering due to "substantial uncertainty around how quickly the music industry can recover".

Cabotage crisis: Orchestras may be forced to tour illegally

03 Mar 2021

The Association of British Orchestras says there are three options moving forward: a new deal with the EU, financial support from the Government, or touring against the law.

From helpful to hopeful

Woman stsanding in front of neon red lights in the shap of muscial instruments
02 Mar 2021

Paolo Pezzangora shares what we can learn about the nation’s mood from their music tastes during lockdown.

£288m Centre for Music axed

19 Feb 2021

The City of London has nixed the beleaguered project in favour of a "major renewal" of the Barbican Centre instead.

UK has three months to save touring, sector warns

16 Feb 2021

DCMS hopes to start discussions with individual EU states in the coming weeks, but industry figures say time is running out to find practical and affordable solutions.

Mounting pressure for touring visas ahead of UK-EU meeting

09 Feb 2021

The sector is not giving up on EU touring visas. But ideas as to what to do next differ.

New initiative targets independent venue accessibility

08 Feb 2021

A 12-month project to make venues safer and more inclusive raises bigger questions about how disabled artists will return to performing live post-pandemic.

PRS backpedals on streaming licence for small events

04 Feb 2021

A temporary change to its controversial fees has received both a warm welcome and a cold shoulder.

Streaming licences are here to stay

DJ live streaming a performance wearing a surgical facemask
04 Feb 2021

PRS for Music’s controversial new streaming licences were inevitable, writes Phil Tucker. Those who embrace the change will also find them inconsequential.

What happens when we invest in music education

An orchestra performing in a hall
02 Feb 2021

Lucy Galliard writes that the real impact of the first school to be started and supported by a symphony orchestra will be demonstrating what’s possible.

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