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FutureDJs crowdfunding campaign hopes to reverse decline in music uptake

FutureDJs is crowdfunding to take its programme into more schools and to create a foundation that will enable children in poorer areas to access its sessions. The DJing and electronic music production provider hopes to reverse the decline in music education and increase the number of students who go on to take music at GSCE and A Level.

British Flute Society’s international festival returns to London

Leading UK membership organisation for flautists and flute teachers, the British Flute Society, will present its second Summer flute festival, Future Flute Fest, in St John’s Smith Square, London, from 17-19 August 2018.

‘Italian Piano Experience’ comes to Beijing

A new event, ‘Italian Piano Experience’, comes to China next month as part of the ‘Meet in Beijing’ festival.

Steinway opens new Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai

Steinway & Sons has announced the opening of a new Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China. This new facility, located at the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone,… Read more

Music Sales sells printed music and retail divisions to Hal Leonard

Global independent music publisher The Music Sales Group announced the sale of its physical and online printed music and Musicroom-branded retail businesses to Milwaukee-based worldwide music print… Read more

Soundtrap wins 2018 EdTech Award

Soundtrap, the Swedish education technology startup, is the winner of the ‘arts, music, or creative solution’ category in the 2018 EdTech Awards. Soundtrap Studio was launched in… Read more

Elvis Costello and Angélique Kidjo join Festival of Voice line-up

Cardiff’s biennial Festival of Voice has revealed details of a second wave of artists and ensembles from across the spectrum of the arts, music, theatre and performance.

Leeds International Piano Competition launches annual festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition will present the first of what is to be an annual Leeds Piano Festival in May 2018.

Royal College of Music to launch partnership with medici.tv

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced a new partnership with medici.tv to livestream and make available on demand selected masterclasses and concerts at the conservatoire’s… Read more

Jack Ma speaking on education at the World Economic Forum: teach sport, music, art

Amati to auction 400 new stringed instruments

Specialist online auctioneers, Amati Instruments, has announced that it is offering, by auction, a collection of predominately new instruments from a closed-down shop in the Netherlands.

ESTA announces Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching deadline

The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) has announced that the deadline for its 2018 Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching is Friday 2 March 2018

French government to establish choirs in all schools and colleges

France’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture have jointly announced a plan to establish choirs in all schools and colleges over the next two years.

Acclaimed Irish music scholar joins 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards line-up

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced that Pádraigín Ní Uallachaín has been awarded the Comaoin Traditional Music Award at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

Young South Africans to open Birmingham international viola competition

Three teenagers from a deprived township in South Africa are travelling to Birmingham this week to open the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival. Kwanda Buthelezi… Read more

Spotify buys Soundtrap

Soundtrap, the three-year-old Stockholm-based startup which has developed an online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, announced its acquisition by streaming giant, Spotify, on 17 November 2017.  … Read more

Pharrell Williams joins ROLI as Chief Creative Officer

ROLI – a UK startup which has created a series of next-generation musical instruments – has announced that Pharrell Williams is joining its team as Chief Creative… Read more

Music Generation Carlow ensemble to join headline performance in Sitges, Barcelona

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, has announced that thirteen young musicians from Music Generation Carlow will perform alongside celebrated Irish dance duo, Velocity, in Sitges,… Read more

Tring Park Principal to visit Singapore and Hong Kong performing arts schools

Principal of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Stefan Anderson, will host a series of workshops and auditions in Singapore and Hong Kong this month. Stefan’s… Read more