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Drake Music releases ‘We All Make Music’ guide

UK charity, Drake Music, has released a new guide which aims to help the music education sector to diversify its workforce and to support young Disabled people in becoming music leaders in the future.

NYMAZ appoints new Director

Youth music charity, NYMAZ, has announced the appointment of Sarah McWatt as its new Director.

Armonico Consort’s Choir Creation programme celebrates 10 years with Royal Albert Hall gala

School pupils from across the UK raised the roof of London’s Royal Albert Hall last month, thanks to choir and instrumental ensemble, Armonico Consort.

Surrey arts project to break cultural barriers through music

Surrey Music Hub has launched a new project bringing together professionals and community groups who work with or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through the arts and music.

Mayor of London awards £24m for local regeneration including investment in cultural projects

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has awarded £24 million of funding to projects from across the capital that will enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.

Fabian Society launches ‘Children’s Access to the Arts’ project

In partnership with the Musicians’ Union (MU) and Children and the Arts, the Fabian Society has launched a new project aiming to provide definitive evidence of the impact that school cuts have had on Primary-age children’s access to the arts.

Arts Council England confirms funding of £38.6 million for Youth Music

Arts Council England has announced that it will invest £38.6 million of National Lottery funding  in Youth Music – the national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances – between 2018 and 2022.

Merseyside children to celebrate world record hero with Echo Arena Liverpool concert

Sefton & Knowsley Youth (SKY) Music Hub is hosting a special event on 16 March 2018 to celebrate Sir Henry Segrave’s world land-speed record.

Primary schoolchildren to premiere second batch of Snappy Operas

Mahogany Opera Group has announced that premieres of the remaining five operas in its two-year Snappy Operas project will take place in March 2018.

‘Culture is Digital’ report to unleash creative potential of technology for cultural organisations

Museums, galleries, theatres and heritage organisations are to be given access to technology and digital skills training to help them reach new and diverse audiences.

Waltham Forest and Brent crowned first-ever London Boroughs of Culture

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the winners of the London Borough of Culture competition on 27 February 2018, following a six-month bidding process which saw 22 boroughs submit proposals.

Artists including Craig David offer support for Give A Gig Week 2018

Craig David, Pixie Lott, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Dream Wife and Femme have pledged their support for Youth Music‘s flagship fundraising initiative, Give a Gig Week, which runs from 16-25 March 2018. Last year’s initiative saw… Read more

Live Music Now announces project studying benefits of music in care homes

Live Music Now (LMN) has announced details of an ambitious project studying the effects of music on older people, especially those living with dementias, and staff in five care homes across the UK.

Grand Union Orchestra – nurturing the Second Generation

Co-founder and Director of the Grand Union Orchestra, Tony Haynes, argues that – in the fast-changing demographic of Britain today – migrant and migrant-descended musicians can and should… Read more

DCMS seeks submissions for inquiry into social impact of participation in culture and sport

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to investigate ways in which taking part in the arts, cultural activities and sport can have a positive impact on health, community and education and is inviting the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise to submit evidence by 22 February 2018.

Girls Rock London: Challenging the under-representation of women in music head on

In 2017, a unique music project for girls and women, Girls Rock London (GRL), received investment, mentoring and support from Sound Connections’ Innovate programme. The funding enabled GRL to centre the voices of young women in the design and facilitation of its work and to act as mentors during its Summer camps, Camp Co-ordinator, Geraldine Smith, explains.

Did you know your music could light a fire? About ‘Ignatius Inspires’

In November 2017, composer and musician, Juwon Ogungbe, worked in collaboration with artists and young people from across Haringey to present two performances celebrating the life and work of Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), an abolitionist icon and the first Black composer ever to have his music published in Britain. Here, he reflects on the process.

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

Tri-Music Together – one hub’s foray into Early Years music provision

With music education hub funding restricted to five- to 18-year-olds, what happens in the Early Years? EY music specialist and Tri-Music Together EYFS Strategic Lead, Nicola Burke,… Read more

Three choirs to perform in arts and health collaboration at Victoria and Albert Museum

Three choirs will come together in a collaboration between artists, medical professionals and patients at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Saturday 14 October 2017. The London Stroke… Read more