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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 supports London Music Fund

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 has announced its support for the London Music Fund by donating tickets to twenty of its scholars and their parents/guardians, who will receive golden envelopes containing side stage passes to the event. 

BRIT Awards donates £250,000 to Mind, BRIT School and Music Support

The BRIT Awards with Mastercard has announced that £250,000 raised by this year’s BRITs 2018 will be donated to three charities that promote music education and mental wellbeing – Mind, the BRIT School and Music Support.

Bad Wolf’s Natasha Hale joins RWCMD board

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has announced the appointment of Bad Wolf and Wolf Studios Wales’ Chief Operating Officer, Natasha Hale, to its Board of Directors.

Free music residencies up for grabs at Sage Gateshead this Summer

Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studio programme will open the doors to its rehearsal studios from 6-26 August 2018, offering free residencies of up to one week for musicians, singers and artists of all genres to create new work, develop their practice or prepare for a performance.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire pianist wins BBC Young Musician 2018

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire piano student, Lauren Zhang, has been named winner of BBC Young Musician 2018, securing the title in the competition final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 13 May 2018.

New website launched for composition students and teachers

A new website dedicated to GCSE and A level Music composition has been launched.

New Waltham Forest Music Education Hub launched

Waltham Forest Music Education Hub (WFMEH) was officially launched on 9 May 2018 at a welcome event at Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery.

Lenny Henry, Star Wars and Spider-Man join forces in Birmingham concert

Chancellor of Birmingham City University, Sir Lenny Henry, took to the stage of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on 4 May 2018 (aka Star Wars Day) in a performance introducing young people to the world of classical music.

Risk of cultural void as funding cuts threaten the future of British orchestras

According to new research by the UK Musicians’ Union, 44% of the nation’s orchestral musicians say they do not earn enough to live on. The organisation represents… Read more

Sing Up releases new video

Sing Up has released a new video celebrating the positive connection between singing and wellbeing.

Northern Ireland writers join Journal of Music mentoring scheme

Four emerging music writers will have the opportunity to work with a leading music publication and gain practical experience within the industry thanks to The Journal of Music’s new Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme. 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland takes Top Five spot in league tables

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has taken a Top Five spot in The Complete University Guide’s 2019 league tables – the first time an arts education institution outside London has done so.

Rockschool wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

UK-based rock and pop music exam board, Rockschool, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade. Founded in West London in 1991 by music graduate and pop musician, Norton York, the company now conducts rock and pop exams in over 45 countries and has subsidiaries in China, India and Spain.

jazzahead! plays host to 20,000+ participants and visitors

The 13th edition of international jazz trade fair and showcase festival, jazzahead!, ran from 19-22 April 2018 at Messe Bremen in Germany.

Council cuts threaten to close East Sussex Music Service

The National Education Union has announced that Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services for East Sussex County Council, is proposing to close East Sussex Music Service down by 2019, resulting in the loss of music provision for thousands of children and jobs for teachers and administrative staff.

PRS Foundation partners with Creative Scotland for Momentum Music Fund

Revealed at Scotland’s forum for music businesses and artists, Wide Days 2018, PRS Foundation’s new partnership with Creative Scotland will allow Scottish artists to apply for funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing via its Momentum Music Fund.

Sir Ken Robinson to become Associate Creative Curator of the Roundhouse, London

London’s Roundhouse has announced a major new partnership with author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts, Sir Ken Robinson, who will become Associate Creative… Read more

New Principal for Royal Welsh College

Professor Helena Gaunt has been appointed Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). Currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Professor Gaunt will take up the post from Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1 September 2018.

Drake Music releases ‘We All Make Music’ guide

UK charity, Drake Music, has released a new guide which aims to help the music education sector to diversify its workforce and to support young Disabled people in becoming music leaders in the future.

National Youth Choir of Great Britain performs on first night of BBC Proms festival

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will take the stage on the first night of the BBC Proms for the first time in 2018.