Shake It Up! competition announces judges and extends entry deadline

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Shake It Up!, the music competition for UK schools organised by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), has announced its 2019 judging panel and has extended the application deadline to 14 May.

The competition invites music teachers to submit a new arrangement of music for the chance to win £700 worth of music resources, with the prize-giving ceremony taking place at London City Hall on 2 July.

Any music teacher engaged in music education at a licensed school can enter, including peripatetic teachers and those based at a local Music Hub or Service. Find out more about the competition and how to apply.

Collectively, the panel brings a variety of experience from across the music industry to the judging process:

  • John Rea, BAFTA award-winning composer for film and television, who has also worked with leading pop artists
  • Chrissy Kinsella, CEO of the London Music Fund and a mentor for Arts Emergency
  • Alex Wilson, jazz musician, recording artist and music educator
  • Cameron Bray Editor of Music Teacher magazine
  • Ben Selby, Director of Music Publishing at Oxford University Press
  • Viki Smith, General Manager of Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL)

The panel will be joined by Sarah Brear, CLA’s Development Manager for Education and formerly Copyright Manager at ABSRM.

Lord Black of Brentwood will be the keynote speaker at the prize-giving ceremony. As Chairman of the Royal College of Music, Lord Black has been vocal in his warnings about the changing place of music in the school curriculum. At the end of 2018, his actions prompted a debate on Music Education in the House of Lords.

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