One in three think classical music must drop ‘elitist’ traditions

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03 Aug 2017

Almost half of respondents to a YouGov poll said more young children must learn a classical instrument if the artform is to survive. 

A burden and an opportunity

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26 Jul 2017

New data protection regulations come into force next May, and while some may see this as a burden, Live Music Now is seizing the opportunity to renew contact with its supporters. Evan Dawson and Emily Roberts explain how they are ensuring compliance. 

24/7 mental health service for musicians a world-first

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25 Jul 2017

Help Musicians UK’s service will go live later this year and offer listening, advice, medical and welfare support to anyone working in music.

1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder

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18 Jul 2017

Musicians responding to a major new study reported severe levels of stress and depression, and extremely severe levels of anxiety.

Choirs just as worthy of funding as football, report argues

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14 Jul 2017

Across the UK, 40,000 choirs are boosting the health and wellbeing of singers, but with funding they could do much more, according to new research.

New Commission to assess musical progression of young people

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07 Jul 2017

Billed as the first of its kind in the UK, the Commission will conduct research and seek submissions about barriers into music for young people.

Inclusive instruments

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06 Jul 2017

For some children with physical disabilities, access to music making is barred by a lack of well-designed adapted musical instruments. Rachel Wolffsohn explains what a new charity is doing to change that. 

Building resilience

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06 Jul 2017

Resilient leadership is vital in music education hubs, where a culture of shared purpose is at the heart of everything they do. Sue Hoyle and Mark Robinson explain what this involves.

From small beginnings

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18 May 2017

What could two independent music practitioners achieve by starting international conversations about music-making with children with special needs? Tom Northey tells the story.

Transforming young minds

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11 May 2017

Music-making sessions for young people with mental health issues have had a recognised impact, and commissioning an independent evaluation has enabled the knowledge and experiences gained to be shared, explains Miriam Steiner.

Shaping audience behaviour

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03 May 2017

Performing in concert halls around the world makes setting ticket prices tricky. So, explains Jane Donald, the RSNO begins by asking one simple question.

My Gurus - Ottilia Ördög

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27 Apr 2017

Ottilia Ördög goes back to her roots to name the inspirations in her life.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

Tax increases threaten future of London’s live music scene

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11 Apr 2017

A 26% increase in business rates has put 21 of London’s 94 grassroots music venues at risk of closure, according to new research.

Music leaders decry Guardian’s musical ‘anti-intellectualism’

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04 Apr 2017

Conductor Simon Rattle and CEO of Sistema England Fiona Cunningham are among signatories to a letter decrying a writer’s ‘patronising’ arguments about musical notation.

Getting teenagers singing

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21 Mar 2017

60 young people in Cambridgeshire stay behind after school every week to sing, compose music and play instruments. Lin Hetherington tells the story.

Time for changes

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14 Mar 2017

The concert-going experience is the same as it was over a century ago – it’s time to make some changes. David Taylor shares five suggestions.

Female musicians empowered by dedicated funding but industry-wide sexism persists

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10 Mar 2017

Women want to be recognised for their talent, but struggle to overcome gender barriers in the music industry without targeted support, report finds.

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