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.

Music in schools an ‘ever more urgent necessity’

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08 Mar 2019

A major new report makes recommendations for policymakers in the UK and globally on how to improve the quality of the music education provided to young people.

Music education ‘needs to be democratised’, says report

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01 Feb 2019

Formal education is missing an opportunity to support young people's development by failing to recognise the forms of music those receiving free school meals often engage with.

Making Hull’s impact last

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24 Jan 2019

Hull’s year as UK City of Culture may be over, but a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Hull will continue to harness the benefits of culture for local people, says James Williams.

Government aims to increase music take-up with new model curriculum

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17 Jan 2019

Schools Minister Nick Gibb says that the key to increasing the number of music GCSE entries is to improve the quality of lessons for pupils under fourteen years old.

Why should noise end a musical career?

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17 Jan 2019

Noise-induced hearing loss can be career-ending for professional musicians, as demonstrated in a recent case at the Royal Opera House, writes Tim Turney.

My Gurus - Judith Webster

17 Jan 2019

A reflection on the inspirational rule-breakers, unexpected challenges and creative teachers that have shaped the career of Judith Webster, CEO of Music for Youth.

In celebration of a continent

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10 Jan 2019

Kwame Bakoji-Hume explains how sharing knowledge of African culture through school workshops can shine a light on important contemporary issues.

My Gurus - Gavin Sutherland

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10 Jan 2019

Composer Gavin Sutherland, Principal Conductor of English National Ballet, pays homage the five people who have guided his professional and artistic growth.

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