Job Ladder

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22 Oct 2014

Phil Castang takes us through the steps of his career in the music world, which landed him at the helm of Bristol Plays Music.

Good parenting from prison

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20 Oct 2014

Nicky Goulder tells how a project combining literacy, music and illustration has brought offenders closer to their young children.

New demographic directions

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06 Oct 2014

How can the arts respond to the UK’s changing demographic? Tony Haynes calls for greater recognition for the work created for our local, diversely rich communities.

Music education is thriving among the better off

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17 Sep 2014

The cost of tuition is still a major barrier to children from lower socio-economic groups learning to play an instrument, report concludes.

Syllabus changes will “have a detrimental effect on musicianship”

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11 Sep 2014

Proposals for a narrower curriculum with less emphasis on performing and composing will pose a threat to creativity in music, say music professionals.

Small children rocking out!

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08 Sep 2014

When Terry O’Donovan presented his latest musical show as a work in progress to five year olds they looked bored. Now it’s a manic and absurd experience for all, just as he wanted it to be.

Job Ladder

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04 Sep 2014

As he prepares to leave Sage Gateshead after 15 years at the helm, Anthony Sargent reflects on his career and the people he’s worked with.

Mental health problems rife among professional musicians

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29 Aug 2014

A new report coincides with a Channel 4 documentary, shining a spotlight on the challenges faced by musicians.

Concerns over fees for composers

19 Aug 2014

Commissions fail to provide a living for most composers, who earn on average less than £4k a year for this work.

£18m boost for music education

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22 Jul 2014

Government announces extra funds and ends fears that local authorities will be asked to terminate music services.

My Gurus

02 Jul 2014

Bec Fearon, Head of Engagement at the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, reveals the people who have inspired her most throughout her career. 

Leading the singing

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16 Jun 2014

The Sing with Us network of choirs brings together cancer patients and their families from across Wales. Rosie Dow describes her role as manager of the choir leaders.

Shouting in the street

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05 Jun 2014

A huge vocal work is premiered this weekend in Birmingham, followed by performances in Berlin and London. Stephen Newbould describes how it has come together.

Active sponsorship

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02 Jun 2014

Northern Trust’s employees are actively involved in a community partnership with the RPO, says Naomi Venn.

Book review: 'Reaching Out: Music education with 'hard to reach' children and young people'

08 May 2014

The authors write “with passion and authority”, making this book relevant to a wider readership than the title suggests, finds Julia Ient.

A dream fund

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08 May 2014

Mark Hewitt couldn’t believe his luck when he received funding from the Artists’ International Development Fund to collaborate with a foreign musician of his choice.

Music Education Hubs strive for financial sustainability

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07 May 2014

Hubs are engaging with the majority of schools in their areas, but more needs to be done to reach children from all backgrounds, report finds.

Pressure mounts on councils to cut music education funding

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17 Apr 2014

The Department for Education is warning that there should be no money in local authority education budgets for extra-curricular music and arts. 


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