If I were 22: Sandy Nuttgens

Sandy Nuttgens
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.

Campaign to boost grassroots music in London

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20 Oct 2015

Plans to support London’s smaller music venues aim to reverse the declining number of performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists and bands. 

How to… programme a festival

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16 Oct 2015

Programming a music festival with over 300 events can’t be easy, but Donald Shaw knows exactly how it’s done. He gives us the low-down and shares his top tips for making it as a programmer.

Creating harmony

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13 Oct 2015

Struggling with a growing library of video files, London Symphony Orchestra urgently needed a new system. Chris Rogers explains why a web-based solution was ideal.

In Harmony programme remains popular but research is inconclusive

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09 Oct 2015

The second year report on the In Harmony initiative finds positive engagement but a lack of conclusive data about the success of the programme.

Extravagant acts

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07 Oct 2015

Daycare centres may not be grand venues, but that doesn’t mean art events staged in them should not be ambitious, says Paul Clark.

No final destination

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23 Sep 2015

What’s the secret of the success of Brent’s music service? A belief that music education is never over, writes Clair Tomalin.

How to… build a brand

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21 Sep 2015

How do you get from first gig to internationally recognised festival? Amy Pearce of EFG London Jazz Festival shares her tips.

Future of music tuition could be online

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18 Sep 2015

A pilot project in rural North Yorkshire believes it’s landed on an effective and affordable model for delivering music tuition to children in isolated areas. 

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