The reins back in my hands

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10 Mar 2016

Struck down with depression, international singer and songwriter Rhoda Dakar reveals how volunteering on a music project helped her to take back control.

If I were 22: Errollyn Wallen

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10 Mar 2016

Run away with the circus, and if there is no doorway, make the door – advice from the composer and first black woman to have a piece performed at The BBC Proms, Errollyn Wallen.

Festivals and venues fail disabled music fans, says report

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04 Mar 2016

A continuing lack of detailed online access information is stopping deaf and disabled music fans from buying tickets.

If I were 22: Jimmy Jewell

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23 Feb 2016

The composer and producer Jimmy Jewell, who has performed on stages all around the world, offers a clear message to 22 year olds: only you can grab hold of your own future.

A model for music education

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23 Feb 2016

The challenge to nurture and support cultural and music education outside London is on. Ian Thomas assesses a model that brings together several music services across four local authorities.

My research: Instruments for deaf musicians

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15 Feb 2016

Virtual violins and computer-based guitars need more than just the right sounds if they’re to work for deaf musicians. Richard Burn describes his research into accessible virtual instruments.

Music and performing arts growth stalling

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29 Jan 2016

Creative industries growth continues to outstrip other sectors, but music, performing and visual arts are faring less well than in previous years.

If I were 22: Sandy Nuttgens

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27 Jan 2016

Want to make it as a composer? Stop asking ‘why me’ and start asking ‘why not me’, advises Sandy Nuttgens.

Relief for orchestras

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20 Jan 2016

Orchestra Tax Relief is imminent. Sean Egan explains how it will work and urges those eligible to start planning now.

Resources to help develop audiences for new music

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15 Jan 2016

A new website is sharing the experiences of an EU-wide project to make contemporary music accessible to wider audiences. 

Surge in streaming pushes music consumption up 4%

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08 Jan 2016

Sales of CDs and vinyl may not be suffering as much as some predicted as the popularity of online streaming continues to rise, new figures suggest.

If I were 22: Alya Marquardt

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22 Dec 2015

Label boss Alya Marquardt reveals why she would persist with challenging music and learn to be happy in her own skin if she were at the start of her career once again.

Government supports plan for ‘world-class’ concert hall

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18 Dec 2015

A new ‘Centre for Music’ on the current Museum of London site hopes to be the Tate Modern of music.

Success home and away

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10 Dec 2015

David Curtis reveals how the Orchestra of the Swan has secured funding from trusts based as far afield as New York.

Job Ladder – Jane Beese

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16 Nov 2015

Jane Beese has the enviable job of Head of Music at the Roundhouse. She tells us how she got it. 

RCM to create historic musical instruments database

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13 Nov 2015

Around 40,000 historic instruments, including the world’s only octave contrabass serpent, are to be made publicly available via the Royal College of Music’s new online database.

Learning from the artists

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04 Nov 2015

Tired of the same old conversations about audience development, Victoria Johnson has decided to shake things up.

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