When music is no longer the afterthought

Clod Ensemble - On The High Road performance
27 May 2020

For many years ‘music for theatre’ wasn’t even recognised in the Olivier or Evening Standard awards, but the tide is turning. Paul Clark sees the increasing confidence and ambition of sound and music, even in ‘well-made plays’.

Escaping the trap of tradition

an orchestra performing in a multi-storey car park
20 May 2020

The time has come for conservatoires to recognise their role within the wider sector and to embrace the challenges presented by modern times. Tom Foster offers six proposals for setting the ball rolling.

Music lobby gathers steam and support

Musicians' Union 'keep music live' sticker
14 May 2020

Proposals for a taskforce to help ‘get the music industry back on its feet’ and a petition to increase royalties for streamed music are among the latest measures aimed at putting pressure on the Government to support the music industry.

Delay Brexit or the music sector faces devastation, says report

anti-Brexit banner being held up at a demo
14 May 2020

Brexit fall-out is biting harder as musicians find it more difficult to secure European opportunities while uncertainty over the terms of a trade deal remains.

Building a musical bridge across generations

casual group of people on a stage with an elderly person in a wheelchair in the foreground
13 May 2020

Stuart Bruce reports on an intergenerational approach to strengthening community and wellbeing among people living with dementia and their carers, leading to benefits for older and younger people alike.

Organisations are paralysed, but the musicians play on

a group of woodwind musicians perofrming in a room
06 May 2020

“It is the art they want, not the buildings”. Jessica Walker says it’s time to rethink the structures that allow arts organisations’ viability to rely on the self-exploitation of musicians and creatives.

London mayor steps in to support ‘at risk’ culture and creative businesses

small, dark empty music venue with mic, drums and piano
30 Apr 2020

Grassroots music venues, artist studio workspaces, independent cinemas and LGBTQ+ venues will share a fund that aims to catch those falling through the gaps in Government coronavirus support schemes.

The ‘new normal’: will the only artists left be enthusiastic amateurs?

The National Theatre, Munich
30 Apr 2020

Our much-discussed social and mental health relies on having something to live for and cherish during and after this existential shock. So when will someone start treating artists as Essential Workers, asks Julian Reynolds.

Falling between the cracks

String section of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
08 Apr 2020

The financial fallout from the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of orchestral performances is taking a heavy toll on both orchestras and musicians. Mark Pemberton explains the issues – and what the ABO is doing about them.

'Don't wash your hands of us': Creative sector demands more support

20 Mar 2020

Arts workers, unions and membership organisations react to UK-wide closures and the “unmanageable risks” presented by the lack of an enforced directive. 

£288m concert hall will be ‘the Tate Modern for music’

11 Mar 2020

The proposed Centre for Music will operate without public subsidy after the Government decided it was too expensive. 

Composers call for end to ‘blind’ selection processes

03 Mar 2020

It’s an increasingly popular method for improving diversity in music – but sector bodies say anonymised selection is ineffective.

National Plan for Music Education: ‘A once in a decade opportunity’

02 Mar 2020

Will the Government’s new plan satisfy the sector and solve the shortcomings of music education?

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

A close up of a hand and a violin
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.

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