Associations

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Association of British Orchestras

+44 (0)20 7557 6770

32 Rose Street, London, UK

The ABO has been involved in music education for over 25 years, managing centrally coordinated education projects, participating in research, Government consultations on the National Curriculum, reviews and professional development. As an Association it champions its member orchestras’ and opera companies’ education and community work, highlighting the work through publications, briefings, and conferences.

Youth Ensembles

In 2010 the ABO was asked to take on responsibility for youth ensembles by the former National Association of Youth Orchestras. Following a survey of youth ensemble members, we have developed the following key objectives for our youth ensemble membership:

  • To connect the youth ensemble membership with each other and with the professional sector, keeping them well informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and sustainability.
  • To champion youth ensembles, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public, through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy and advocate the value of support for youth ensembles through local music education bodies and private investment.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge of those who work for or volunteer their tie to support their local youth ensemble.

In past years, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) has developed a role as coordinator of various national projects, including major initiatives involving the participation of a large number of member orchestras. As a champion of the education and community work of the UK's orchestras, one of the ABO's key objectives has been the support and development of this core area of work.  A series of nationally coordinated education projects over the past years resulted in a well-established Orchestras in Education programme, which existed to promote the education work of member orchestras and to develop the relationship between schools, teachers and orchestral players.

The ABO has also mounted a number of research initiatives, with a series of important industry reports being produced, such as regular statistical surveys of the UK's orchestras, and highly influential reports on environmental sustainability and noise damage to musicians.

London

The ABO is the national body representing the collective interest of professional orchestra, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. 

Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector, and we exist to provide advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.  The key Strategic Objectives of the ABO cover three areas of activity:  Connecting, Championing and Developing.

Using the framework of the mission statement, our key aspirations for 2016-2019 will be to deliver on these key objectives through:

  • Connecting members to other members and the wider industry through networking opportunities, keeping our members well-informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and financial sustainability.
  • Championing British orchestras and the wider membership, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy from the European Union, UK government, local government and devolved administrations , and advocate the value of public and private investment in the orchestral sector.
  • Developing the skills and knowledge of our members’ staff, including providing and signposting to high-quality professional development opportunities for all tiers of management and musicians and nurturing emerging leaders.
MUSIC-ED

RadhaRaman Society

+44 (0)771 866 2890

United Kingdom

RadhaRaman Society mainly organises a yearly festival of Bengali folk music and dance called RadhaRaman Folk Festival in the North of England (Leeds) since 2011 and Baul and Vaishnav Music Festival in London since 2013.

This is purely a community art organisation that promotes the grandeur of Bengali colourful folk music and dance as serious art forms for young Bengali diaspora around the world as well as the audience from diverse cultural background in the West through collaboration with other forms of folk music and dances e.g. jazz, Irish dance, etc.

HKYAF Community

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF)

+852 2877 2625

Unit C, 8/F Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF) is a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for all young people aged 5 to 25.

Established in 1993 by Lindsey McAlister OBE, JP, YAF organises inclusive and inspirational projects that reach out to youngsters of all cultures, backgrounds, languages and abilities, and actively creates opportunities for those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged.

What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand. – Confucius

YAF believes that quality art experiences can enrich the learning process by offering new ways of channelling energy and looking at the world. Amongst the multitude of crucial benefits that arts opportunities create are increased creativity, self-expression and self-esteem, plus problem solving, communication, leadership and teambuilding skills.

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The British Voice Association

+44 (0)300 123 2773

330 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE, UK

The British Voice Association (BVA) is the ‘voice for voice’ in the UK, an association of multi-disciplinary professionals who work to promote the field of voice in its broadest sense.

Our remit is the encouragement of a healthy voice, vocal skills and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine and education.

 

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Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA)

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States

Founded in 1983, the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) is an international organization of 270 professional performing arts organizations, represented by more than 450 performance librarians from symphony orchestras, opera and ballet companies, music academies, professional bands and ensembles in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia.

MOLA’s mission is to facilitate communication between professional performance librarians, educate and assist them in providing service to their organizations; provide support and resources to the performing arts, and work with publishers to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials for the professional musician.

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The Light Music Society and Library of Light Orchestral Music

+44 1200 427066

Lancaster Farm, Longridge, Preston, United Kingdom

The Light Music Society exists to promote and champion Light Music throughout the world.

It also provides the necessary administration for the Library of Light Orchestral Music. The Library holds thousands of sets of music, many of which are unique to the Library’s collection.

MUSIC-ED

British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)

+44 (0)20 7636 2929

2 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London, United Kingdom

London

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers.

BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

So that we may continue to do this, it is important that we can count the best songwriting and composing talent amongst our members.

We are the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting to media and contemporary classical to jazz.

We are entirely self-funding and rely on the continuing support of our members to carry on our work.

MUSIC-ED

European Guitar Builders Association (EGB)

+43 1 8903915

Wirtschaftsweg 5, Märkische Höhe, Germany

The EGB is an alliance formed by professional independent European luthiers.

We are dedicated to supporting each other by sharing knowledge, resources and experience in order to preserve and innovate the art and craft of guitar-building in Europe as a vital part of our musical culture.

The European Guitar Builders Association (EGB) was founded with the goal of organising independent luthiers as well as people related to the field of guitar-building across Europe.

The tradition of lutherie is a rich legacy. Methods tempered and knowledge accumulated over centuries. We want to preserve this but also carry it forward and expand it through innovation and the exchange of ideas and culture. We want to foster a sense of community among practitioners of our craft. Most builders are faced with similar problems and challenges. There is enormous potential in joining and helping each other, sharing experiences, cooperating and advancing the craft in a spirit of amity.

European String Teachers Association UK (ESTA UK)

35 Calthorpe Road, Birmingham B15 1TS, United Kingdom

West Midlands

ESTA UK is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK and to improving the quality of string teaching at every level, from toddler to conservatoire.
They provide support and professional development through their website; their magazine, Arco; and by organising events across the country throughout the year.
They offer generous financial benefits to members, including free insurance and legal cover, funding to put on local events and discounts to ESTA-organised seminars.
ESTA UK believes that music can change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that music teachers are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers.
  • Free insurance and legal cover including Public Liability, Employers Liability Insurance with a 24-hour legal helpline and 24-hour tax helpline
  • Free customisable listing in our online public directory
  • Discounts on events organised by ESTA
  • Quarterly magazine Arco and biannual youth magazine JESTA, with unlimited copies of JESTA for your students
  • Reference videos and books on loan
  • Repertoire database for finding and suggesting repertoire suitable for students at all levels and searchable by musical and instrumental technique
  • Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund for assistance with short courses relating to teaching string instruments
  • Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for help in introducing young players to chamber music.
ESTA UK is a member of ESTA. ESTA UK is ESTA String Teachers Association Ltd, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity
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Music Mark

+44 (0)20 7939 6049

3rd Floor, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL

London

Music Mark is a membership organisation for Music Services and/or Lead Organisations of a Music Education Hub, their teaching and support teams, their partners and their schools.

We aim to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.

We call upon key decision makers in central and local government and all who hold a stake in the strategic planning and operational delivery of music education to support us in continuing to raise that status and value of music in a broad and balanced education through:

  • continuing and enhanced ring-fenced government funding for music education to ensure that the National Plan for Music Education can be fully implemented and achieved by 2020 alongside ensuring the place of music education beyond 2020
  • continuing and enhanced support from local authorities and other bodies to exercise their civic responsibilities and own local decision making to complement the national framework for music education
  • an unswerving commitment to supporting the professional development of the workforce, especially in the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the quality of access and provision in music education, in schools, music services and music education hubs
  • the strongest possible focus on the impacts and outcomes for children and young people, musically, personally, socially and educationally; dedication to best progress and highest achievement for all
  • clear and unequivocal support for articulating and enabling the rich and positive impacts that a high quality music education has on schools and their communities
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Sound Sense

United Kingdom

We are a membership organisation that provides support to organisations and individuals who help people make music in their communities – through leading music workshops and teaching – by providing these services:

  • Supporting their professional development and providing opportunities to network
  • Giving information and advice and helping people make contacts
  • Raising awareness of issues in community music
  • Running a membership scheme.

CAGAC (Cymdeithas Addysg Cerdd Awrdurdodau Cymru)

Wales, United Kingdom

Wales

The heart of music education in Wales, CAGAC (Cymdeithas Addysg Cerdd Awrdurdodau Cymru / Welsh Authorities’ Music Education Association) is a sub-group of the Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW), organised through the ADEW Improvement Coordination Group.

We aim to promote local authority music education in Wales – ensuring that all children and young people have the access and opportunity to learn, play and sing.

Our objectives:

  • To support music services in meeting schools needs in respect of range, and quality of service, including supporting generalist class teachers and non-music practitioners to deliver the requirement of the national curriculum
  • To challenge music services to meet learners needs for high quality, affordable group/individual tuition, delivered by trained staff and  with opportunities for progression and access to support to higher level learning
  • To have partnership working at the heart of operations by facilitating effective networking with other bodies; and sharing of good practice across all LA Welsh music services
  • To represent and reflect the views of ADEW in relation to music education in Wales, providing a pro-active and responsive national association on behalf of ADEW
  • To reflect and respond to Welsh Government policy and strategy for Music education and Music Service provision in Wales