National singing organisation, Sing Up, has been named as winner of the Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award at the 2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, presented on 22 February 2018 by Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel.
The judging criteria for the Editor’s Award are excellence in design and implementation, a strong sense of either social justice or artistic excellence and ambition, innovation and/or exceptional personal determination.
Alex Stevens, Editor of Music Teacher Magazine, said:
‘The winner of this award was chosen for its undeniable and transformative impact on music in schools. Initially an example of the huge impact that a national music education programme with genuine government support can have, ten years on, [Sing Up] has proved its commercial resilience, expanded and still provides teachers with the resources they need to put singing at the heart of their schools.
‘The Award recognises the hard work and dedication not only of Sing Up employees past and present but of the wider community of organisations, vocal leaders, teachers and other individuals who have contributed to the cause of making singing happen in schools over the past ten years.’
Sing Up began as a government-funded programme to reinstate singing in Primary schools in England in 2007. The programme reached 98% of Primary schools by 2012. Since 2012, Sing Up has sustained itself entirely through earned income from schools’ membership subscriptions.
Header photo: The Sing Up team at the 2018 London Music & Drama Education Expo