National organisations

Drake Music

+44 20 7739 5444

60 – 61 Old Nichol Street, London, United Kingdom

Our four key programme strands:

Learning & Participation – We deliver outreach and education initiatives in a wide range of settings, offering a wide range of high quality, lifelong-learning opportunities.

Training & Consultancy – We offer training and consultancy to music hubs, schools, arts organisations and more to share our expertise in SEND music delivery.

Research & Development – We bridge the gap between musicians and hackers, developers and technology makers to pioneer new accessible music technology.

Artistic Development – We support professional disabled musicians to develop their artistic practice so that they can play a major part in the cultural landscape.

Our Learning & Participation programme creates opportunities for disabled people to learn and develop as musicians – from primary school through to adulthood.

Our skilled team has an excellent track record of developing and delivering outreach, training and education initiatives for disabled musicians of all ages and abilities.

We research and develop new accessible musical instruments and technologies to create more ways with, by and for disabled people to make music.

Our artistic development programme supports disabled musicians to progress their work and we offer training and consultancy for teachers, music hubs and other organisations.

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Our vision

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Our vision is an open, inclusive and accessible musical culture — a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Who we are

Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK, with bases in Bristol, Manchester and London. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music.

We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible for over 20 years. In that time, we have developed a wealth of innovative and imaginative approaches to teaching, learning and making music.

We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.

What we do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone can fulfill their creative and musical potential, given the right opportunities.

We work where music, disability and technology meet to:

  •  create opportunities and instruments that make music fully accessible
  •  increase participation in music-making at all levels
  •  build an integrated musical culture where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals

Music Generation

+353 1 475 8454

NCH Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education, comprising vocal and instrumental tuition – encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles – delivered by skilled professional musicians.  

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.


Header photo: Music Generation Westport Children’s Choir in rehearsals for A Nation’s Voice © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Arts Council

Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.

 

Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

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National Education Union (NEU)

+44 (0)345 811 8111

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

London

The National Education Union stands up for the future of education by bringing together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

Combining the expertise and experience of both the ATL and NUT sections, the National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union.

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National Youth Folk Ensemble

+44 (0)20 7485 2206

2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY, UK

London

The National Youth Folk Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists. 

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Conservatoires UK

United Kingdom

At CUK, we are an influential voice speaking to government, policy makers and opinion formers, nationally and globally.

More generally, we advocate for the many benefits the sector engenders in society and the creative and cultural economies.

Our role is threefold: to develop best practice for training and education, to promote the sector’s excellence, and to negotiate with government and policy makers. Currently, our membership comprises eleven conservatoires, including all of the UK’s music conservatoires.

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National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

+1 760 438 8001

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), established in 1901, is the not-for-profit association that strengthens the $17-billion global music, sound and event technology products industry.

Our association and our trade shows serve as the crossroads for professionals wanting to seek out the newest innovations in music, recording technology, sound, stage and lighting products. Membership also includes access to the latest industry news and education, opportunities for music advocacy and cost-saving programs that will help your business thrive. All of these activities and programs are designed to promote music-making for people of all ages and to help create a more musical world.

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SAMYO (National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music)

+44 (0151) 291-3949

17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Samyo is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, and the only one of its kind in the world.

It combines  North and South Indian music traditions with  global influences, and is pioneering a new form of Indian music, while showcasing the next generation of talented young artists.

Samyo is open to musicians between the ages of 12 and 18, Samyo Too to musicians between the ages of 18 and 25, and Sabrang to vocalists between the ages of 14 and 25.

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

+44 20 7494 1733

5 Vigo Street, London, United Kingdom

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. 

NYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually – nationally and internationally. Alongside these performances, NYJO delivers inspirational education work wherever it goes. NYJO also operates a weekly Academy, which offers London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.

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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

+44(0) 20 7759 1880

Somerset House, Strand, London, United Kingdom

NYO believes in inspiring its teenage members with a sense of personal responsibility for giving world-class performances.

That starts with giving them fantastic role models. Together we’re building the future of orchestral music.

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

Music Education Council

+44 (0)20 3514 5338

27 Osborne Road, Dagenham, Essex RM9 5BB, United Kingdom

The Music Education Council – the umbrella body for all organisations connected with music education in the UK – exists to provide a forum for debate and effect change through advocacy, representation and action.

The Music Education Council draws its membership from across the entire music education and music industry sectors. Through its corporate members MEC represents tens of thousands of music educators across the UK. This gives it a uniquely big picture of music education and is why MEC is the umbrella body for all UK organisations connected with music education.

It exists to bring together and provide a forum for members to debate issues affecting music education and to make representation and promote appropriate action at local, national and international level.

Their aims:

  • to act as the UK’s umbrella body for all organisations an individuals involved with music education
  • to promote and support all aspects of music education
  • to raise public awareness of the nature, purpose and benefits of music education
  • to work actively with central and local government to establish effective structures and to provide adequate funding for all areas of music education
  • to encourage the highest possible quality and standards in music education.

English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

+44 (0)20 7485 2206

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, United Kingdom

EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. They are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

They preserve these arts as well in their award-winning library, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), named after former EFDSS President, composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

From big bands to solo singers, morris dancers to contemporary choreographers, schools to mass participation, intimate folk clubs to major concert halls – their work reaches far and wide.

Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME)

+44 (0)15 9278 4256

PO Box 26858 Kirkcaldy KY2 9BP, United Kingdom

Scotland

The Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME) is the professional association which represents all those involved in music education.

This includes nursery and primary class teachers and specialists, secondary class teachers, instrumental tutors, AS teachers and those within education authorities with responsibility for music. The experience and expertise of their members has contributed to music education in a wide variety of fields.

There are strong links with the provision of music education at further and higher levels and also links with community education and education in prisons.

SAME helps its members to deliver high-quality music education by:

  • Enabling contact with colleagues through conferences and mailshots
  • Contributing to the creation of a strong unified voice for music education nationally
  • Promoting the professional development of its members
  • Sharing good practice in music education
  • Regular distribution of a magazine
  • Sending regular email messages and news of current developments
  • Providing an on-line discussion forum and resource exchange
  • Consulting on issues of importance to education, to teachers and to music
  • Collaborating with other appropriate organisations

SAME membership is freely available to all involved in music education in Scotland. An elected committee, drawn from across the country and representing a variety of sectors and stakeholders, is responsible for the running of the Association.

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Music Publishers Association

+44 (0)20 3741 3800

8th Floor, Two Pancras Square London, United Kingdom

London

The Music Publishers Association exists to:

  • safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them
  • represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public
  • provide publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses
  • promote an understanding of the value of music and the importance of copyright
  • and provide information and guidance to members of the public.

UK Music

+44 (0)20 3713 8444

4th Floor 49 Whitehall London SW1A 2BX

London

UK Music is an industry-funded body established in October 2008 to represent the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry.

Through collective representation UK Music promotes the interests of record labels and music publishers (major and independent), songwriters, composers, lyricists, musicians, managers, producers, promoters, venues and collection societies.

Through member engagement we ensure a collective voice across the sector is identified.

Through lobbying we ensure that voice of the British music industry is heard:

  • UK Music exists to guide policy makers towards decision-making in the best interests of our sector and the best collective interests of our membership, now and for the future
  • UK Music represents and promotes the interests of every part of the British music industry
  • UK Music publishes research on the economic value of the music industry (Measuring Music) and the value of music tourism _ domestic and overseas (Wish You Were Here) to the UK economy
  • UK Music works to ensure that the copyright which underpins music is recognised and valued at all levels of Government, throughout the wider economy and by consumers
  • UK Music runs the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music
  • UK Music set up a Skills Academy and administers a music apprenticeship scheme
  • UK Music represents its members through lobbying, education and research work

Creative Scotland

+44 (0)33 0333 2000

Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG

Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, Sing Up has created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world. Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a music education hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school, with Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

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Musicians’ Union (MU)

+44 (0)20 7582 5566

62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ, United Kingdom

London

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is a globally respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

The Musicians’ Union has specialist full-time officials available to immediately tackle the issues raised by musicians working in the live arena and recording studio or when writing and composing. Such issues can range from copyright protection to valuable contractual advice or from the recovery of unpaid fees to crucial work in health and safety.

MU members, regardless of their genre of music, are part of one of the leading music industry bodies in Europe and the Union’s democratic structures offer every opportunity for musicians to influence MU policy.

Add to this the many services that the Union provides and you have an organisation that can assist its members throughout their professional careers and beyond.

British Kodály Academy

+44 (0)24 7641 1269

London, United Kingdom

London

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály.

Kodály training develops musicianship through singing. The student engages in the most direct of musical responses without the technical demands of an instrument. This practical approach combined with a clear progression from the simple to the complex facilitates the development of excellent musicianship skills such as sight singing and keen pitch discrimination as well as high levels of musical literacy. Kodály training is suitable for all ages and stages and can be applied to all kinds of music from classical to world music and jazz.

The BKA runs courses for all adults. There are residential courses, day courses and fully accredited certification courses. We welcome specialist and non-specialist music teachers in all settings, whether working with children or adults, including Early Years, instrumental teachers and choir directors. We also welcome anyone wanting to develop their own singing, musicianship and, where applicable, conducting skills. All courses offer an opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of books and resources to support learning and teaching at all stages.

The BKA is a not-for-profit organisation which relies mainly on the subscriptions of its members. Run by a dedicated team of trustees and officers, the BKA is proud of its distinguished patrons and its affiliation to the International Kodály Society (IKS) and welcomes links with other like-minded people and organisations sympathetic to its aims.

Membership is open to all.