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MUSIC:ED asks: how can any civilised nation call music ‘unviable’?

'Unviability' is Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s reasoning for not extending his Covid-19 support schemes to thousands of UK businesses. It has caused panic through many industries that we take for granted as part of British life, with the government implying that musicians should retrain for ‘better jobs’
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Soundtrap’s free education licenses keep New York teachers and students connected

Digital audio company Soundtrap has made the most of lockdown by learning from customers how they use Soundtrap’s systems to improve teaching online
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ORA Singers second composers’ competition is open

The award-winning vocal ensemble, ORA Singers, has launched its second annual Composer Competition to educate and mentor young choral composers
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Music Mark appoints Samantha Spence to implement diversity strategy

The music education membership organisation Music Mark has employed a consultant, Samantha Spence, to help its members address issues of diversity, inclusion and representation
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Six-week online blues and rhythm guitar course opens

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London begins a six-week course in blues and rhythm guitar on the 27 October with two further courses leading up to the end of the year
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Manchester’s Stoller Hall and Chetham’s Library receive Covid relief

Two Culture Recovery Fund grants totalling £216,000 have been given to The Stoller Hall and Chetham’s Library at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester
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Audience votes open for the Commonwealth Composition Challenge

The organisers of an international composition project are inviting online audiences to vote for shortlisted finalists
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Irish Government pledges a record-breaking increase in arts funding in 2021

Irish orchestras, the live music industry, school music departments and colleges will receive a significant boost from a 63% increase in government arts funding in the 2021 budget
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Musician Isa Bell calls for help to launch music education in Benin

Singer-songwriter and charity founder Isa Bell sees music education as key to helping the next generation of children in her homeland
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Music educators invited to share ideas at Music Mark conference 2020

The charitable association for music education, Music Mark, hosts its 2020 Play On conference on 20 November
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Commonwealth citizens invited to lift spirits during pandemic through music

The Uniting the Commonwealth through music during COVID-19 project is a never-before-attempted musical feat to combine the voices of 54 musicians from the 54 member countries in one powerful virtual performance
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The Irene Taylor Trust 25th anniversary Music in Prisons webinars

The award-winning Irene Taylor Trust charity is to host a series of webinars on the rehabilitative powers of music to celebrate its 25th anniversary in November 2020
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UK government axes music teaching bursaries as it halves election promises

Music is among many subjects to lose government support for teacher training in swingeing cuts announced in early October
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