6 December 2011

Arts Council briefings on the music education hub tendering process.

If you are interested in attending a particular session, please contact the relevant ACE office for more information and to book your place http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/

The Arts Council are also more than happy to put on additional briefings if required.

Yorkshire Area - ACE/FMSDate: 7th DecemberTime: 11am – 3pmLocation: Queens Hotel,

LeedsNorth West Area - ACE/FMSDate: 9th DecemberTime: 11am – 3pmLocation: Midland Hotel, Manchester

Yorkshire Area - ACEDate: 12th DecTime: TBC (all day)Location: Oldroyds Mill

North East Area - ACEDate: 12th DecTime: 12.30 - 3pmLocation: ACE office, Central Square, Forth Street, Newcastle NE1 3PJ

South West Area - ACEDate: 12th DecTime: 1 – 4pm Location: Riverside Conference Centre, Exeter

North West Area - ACEDate: 13th DecTime: 1 - 4.30pmLocation: ACE, The Hive

East Area - ACEDate: 13th DecTime: 1 - 4.30pmLocation: Eden House, Cambridge

North East Area - ACEDate: 14th DecTime: 9.30am – 12noonLocation: ACE Office, Central Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PJ

South East Area - ACEDate: 15th DecTime: 11am – 2pmLocation: Brighton Dome

East Midlands Area - ACEDate: 20th DecTime: 10am - 1pm (registration at 9.30am)Location: Nottingham Trent University Conference Centre

West Midlands Area - ACEDate: 13th JanTime: AM & PM SessionsLocation: ACE Office

1 December 2011

DfE has released the National Plan for Music Education NPME

The very first National Plan for Music Education entitled 'The importance of music education' was released on Friday 25th November. Well anticpated, the plan comes after the comprehensive review conducted by Darren Henley stressed the significance of a good music education in his review earlier this year.

















17 November 2011

JAZZ EDUCATION AWARDS – NORTH & SOUTH OF THE BORDER

On 1 December, at the Royal Academy of Music, Aberdeenshire, Devon, East Renfrewshire, Lincolnshire and Southampton will be awarded Diplomas of Merit for their outstanding commitment to jazz education in 2010/11. Devon’s reward for a remarkable record of five diplomas on the trot, three of which were accorded special merit status, will be a special trophy awarded by Paritor Ltd (sponsors of the NMC/MEC music awards scheme, see below).



Ivor Widdison, Chair of the Awards Panel and his colleagues on the Panel, Andrea Vicary, Trinity Laban College of Music & Drama, Dr Catherine Tackley, Open University and Bill Martin, Yamaha Music Education Manager pay tribute to the above Music Services and to those of Bolton, East Riding, Gloucestershire, Kirklees, Manchester, Oxfordshire, Perth & Kinross, Tower Hamlets and Wigan who in opening windows to the world of music reveal also the very special joys of jazz.

For further information please contact Ivor Widdison by email: ivorwiddison@yahoo.co.uk

14 November 2011

NMC Music Education Awards 2011

NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL LOCAL AUTHORITY MUSIC EDUCATION AWARDS 2011



Sponsored by Paritor Ltd


The National Music Council (NMC) Local Authority Music Education Awards 2011 took place on Monday 7 November 2011 at London's Southbank Centre.

To read more about the awards or to view the pictures, please visit www.paritor.com





2 November 2011

Hints & Help: Sending Emails from Paritor Software

Hello all and welcome to the return of the Hints & Help blog. The plan is to reinstate this as a regular feature keeping you up to date with the latest new features and tips with all of our Software.

The blog today is on a simple but important topic: Emails. Many of you already use the system to send out emails, but very few are aware of all the different ways it can be done.

Before we get started on the different ways you can send out emails, I first want to mention how you set them up. To send emails from the system. There are two older Hints & Help blogs that will help you out on this. To find out how to set your SMTP settings click here. And if you want to know how to add your Email signature click here.


Sending Basic Emails

You can send emails to anyone by going to the Ribbon Menu and selecting Tools –> Send Email.
Then simply enter the recipient and message text as you would with any email. It is important to note that any emails you send from here will not be logged in anyone’s Correspondence, even if they have the same email you have entered.


Sending Emails from a Record Card

You can send an email directly to a recipient from their Record Card. All you need to do is go to the Communicate tab at the top

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and select the Email icon on the top left hand side. Anything sent from here will be logged in the Correspondence tab of that Record Card. Note that you can also send Texts, Letters, produce Mail Merges and print Labels from this tab. For more information about the Correspondence tab click here.


Emailing  a Selection from Paritor Insight

Once you have data in Paritor Insight, either from an Extract or selecting Email Selection you can filter and group the data in any number of ways; for example by School Year or Postcode, once you are happy that you have a list of people you would like to contact you can click the Email icon on the top right hand side of the menu.

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You will then be able to send an email to a list of recipients, all of whom will have the email logged in their Correspondence tabs. When you use the system to multiple recipients it sends one email to each recipient which means that they will never see the other email addresses of the other people you contacted.


Sending Emails to Pupils in a Lesson

The final option I want to tell you about is how to Email all Pupils in a Lesson. This can be done from the lesson itself. Simply open up the lesson, select the Pupil view and click Email Pupils on the top left hand side

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This will allow you to send an email to all the Pupils in that particular lesson.

I hope that you have found this week’s Hints & Help blog interesting, if you have any questions or thoughts please comment, call us on 01395 445092 or email us at support@paritor.co.uk for more information.

Thanks for reading this Hints & Help blog. Hopefully it will return next week, if you would like the Blog to stay please let us know!

1 November 2011

NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL LOCAL AUTHORITY MUSIC EDUCATION AWARDS 2011








The National Music Council (NMC) have announced that they will celebrate the National Music Council Local Authority Music Education Awards 2011 on Monday 7 November 2011 at the Southbank Centre in London. These important Awards highlight the work of local authority music departments throughout Britain and are sponsored for the first time by Paritor Limited.
















The Major Trophy has been awarded to Blackpool for outstanding work during the past year.
Andrew White, Music Adviser, Blackpool said “The prestigious NMC Major Trophy Award will have a massive positive impact upon all involved in Blackpool Music Service. This award will allows us to collectively celebrate our achievements, have pride in what we do and, increase our personal aspirations. We are proud and elated by this wonderful news”.










Diplomas of Merit have been awarded to Bolton, Devon, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Southampton, Staffordshire and Tower Hamlets and will be presented by Darren Henley the Managing Director of Classic FM. The PRS Foundation will be awarding a Diploma of Special Merit to East Lothian for their commitment to creative music making.

Jazz Services will be recognising a commitment to jazz education through their Will Michael Awards which, will be announced separately.

Robin Osterley, Chair of the Awards Panel, said: “We were delighted that this year’s award scheme elicited more applications than we have ever had before, and we are very grateful to all those Local Authorities who took the trouble to apply in the midst of a very busy schedule. At a time when music education is undergoing a comprehensive review, and when financial pressures are so great, we would do well to remember that there are so many Authorities out there doing their level best, sometimes with limited resources, to provide outstanding opportunities for young people to learn music, and most importantly, make music. We should also make special mention of our sponsors Paritor, who have been so incredibly helpful in this year’s scheme, and express our lasting gratitude to them.”

Mark Pemberton Chairman, NMC, said “The NMC Awards scheme is the most prestigious awards that Local Authorities can obtain for their music education provision. It’s excellent news that the number of submissions was so high and the winners are to be congratulated on their achievements.”

The NMC LA Music Education Awards Scheme (co-ordinated with the assistance of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Federation of Music Services) has been in existence for over 35 years. The Council is grateful to the PRS Foundation and Jazz Services for their commitment to music education through their awards for creative music-making and jazz education respectively.


Ends




For further information or to attend the Awards please contact
Harriette Goldsmith
Administrator
National Music Council
Tel 01707 662662
Email
info@nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk
Web
http://www.nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk/

Notes for Editors:
Founded in 1953 under the auspices of the International Music Council and UNESCO, the National Music Council sits at the centre of a complex network of national music organisations many with their own extensive memberships. Membership is drawn from all areas of the music business and is open to organisations with an interest in music and its development in the UK.

Through the annual awarding of a Major Trophy and a variable number of Diplomas, the Council seeks to provide recognition for those LAs that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to music education provision in a particular year. Reports from previous years can be found at:
http://www.nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk/

Paritor
Over the course of three decades Paritor has evolved to a powerful software company, imperative in the working lives of many performing arts educators. The company’s mission is to assist with the management of education within performing arts, allowing them to run as successful and efficient businesses. To ensure that Paritor remains a leader in its field they incorporate innovative technologies, pioneering business practises as well as implementing the opinions and ideas of performing arts educators on how the software could be improved so that the products are constantly evolving.
Simon Dutton, Managing Director of Paritor says of the awards ‘Paritor are proud to sponsor the National Music Council’s Local Authority Music Education Awards. As the UK’s leading supplier of management software for music services we understand the importance of being able to provide inspirational music education for young people and also help services face the difficulties presented through a lack of resources. The NMC awards recognise the outstanding opportunities provided by music services and so we felt that it would be an ideal collaboration, a chance to give praise to, shine a light on and encourage the greatest music education.’

27 September 2011

Trombone Day at ArtsForms Music & Arts Service (Leeds)

Trombone Day – 4th October



ArtForms Music & Arts Service (Leeds) & The British Trombone Society are holding a day for young trombonists of any level, including workshops and performances from Black Dyke Band trombone section – open to any player in full-time education The day is free to attend, and players can be from anywhere in the UK – more info: http://www.artformsleeds.co.uk/clients/artforms/MODULES/NEWS/NEWSMOD_newsitem.asp?itemid=168

1 September 2011

Music GCSE/A-level results 2011

Statistics released by the BBC compare Music GCSE/A level results for both 2010 and 2011.












Music Education split in Bedfordshire



Two new music services have been launched this term in the Bedfordshire area, Bedford Borough Music Service and Central Bedford Music Service. Previously these two service were amalgamated and ran by Richard Hart, but due to budget cuts there have been a change to the way that they operate and a split between the new unities.














Richard Hart will run Bedford Borough whilst his previous deputy Chris Jones is set to take over Central Bedford.



Both service will continue to use Ensemble and Simon, our MD has been to the Bedfordshire area to visit with both the services and to assist with an easy transition.

Resource Management System




This term sees the launch of our brand new product which will add to the Live series, the Resource Management System. The RMS will allow you to access real time information about the resources you hold by using a hand held device and barcode scanner which syncs with the core Ensemble database. At the touch of a button it will be possible to check out instruments and other resources to students and teachers or even for repair. When an instrument has come to the end of it's life, you can then write offf as well as doing a usage analysis.



It is an excellent way of being able to keep track of your resources and therefore eliminate loss of instruments, which costs some services thousands each year unnecessarily. But, additionally it provides you with access to invaluable information, such as an accurate real time stock check and the ability to analyse the popularity of each group of instruments and future investment decisions.

22 July 2011

Norfolk County Music Service gain funding for TRIORCA

Norfolk County Music Service, together with partners in Germany and Serbia, have secured major European funding for TRIORCA, a new international youth orchestra of 100 talented young musicians, aged from 16 to 25, from three diverse European city-regions - Norfolk, Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany and Novi Sad in Serbia.





http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-13995558

18 July 2011

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama use Academy Software

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (pre-college) are to use Academy as their key management and administration tool.



It will allow them to bring their data together, bring communication to a new level. Here at Paritor we will be working with them closely to develop the software so that it meets their needs as a large pre-college department.



4 New Music Services in July

This month we have added 4 new customers to our ever expanding list of Ensemble users. Trafford, Rochdale, Telford & Wrekin and Bedfordshire Borough are the latest.

It is a turbulant time for Bedfordshire Borough, as they are currently following the split between themselves and Bedford Central, another customer of ours. Simon has been working closely with the Borough to help them set up a new business.

6 July 2011

First month for York Music Service

This month has seen the launch of York Music Service, a charitable organisation which will support music teachers who are either to lose work or be made redundant following cuts from York Council. The majority of the service will be delivered over the internet where parents and students will be able to apply and pay for tuition online.






This term they have been down to visit us in Devon where we were able to offer them guidance and assistance on the management and administration side of the business and help get them set up. Derek Warley pointed out that this initiative was to keep costs to a minimum and encourage pupils to use modern technology.










Alison Goffin, co-Director of the Service, said "It's an unsettling time for everyone at the moment, as we dismantle the council's music service after what must be 40 or 50 years of teaching, and say goodbye to some of our staff who are off to new careers. At the same time, setting up a new company is an exciting - and daunting - project, and we're really grateful for all the help and support we've had from Paritor, FMS colleagues and friends in the music industry. We know it's not all going to be plain sailing, but we think we've got enough experience to cope with the challenges that are no double awaiting us!"

29 June 2011

'Selling your music service'

Marc Jaffrey, Think Again Media will be running a one day course for Heads of Music Services, senior leaders or anyone in the service regularly going to schools who is builidng relationships that will influence sales decisions.


There are two dates available:





  • 29th Sept, Birmingham


  • 30th Sept, London

For more information please visit www.thinkagainmedia.co.uk



NMC Awards Reminder

The deadline for entries to the National Music Council Local Authority Music Education Awards scheme is Friday 12th August. The scheme recognises those authorities that are able to demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision in a particular year. For more information please visit www.paritor.com/ NMCAWARDS





Easy transition

Our customer relations survey revealed that more could be done to support services with the transition of data into the new Ensemble system. In response we have developed many new ways to assist.







This month we have released an easy and stressfree system of importing the data into Ensemble as well as a very comprehensive help and reference guide which is available in an interactive and easily searchable format at hand 24 hours a day.

'Make Yourself Heard' Competition

This year Paritor is proud to be supporting Music as Therapy International, a small charity which takes some of the benefits of music therapy to vulnerable children and adults around the world. Our main fundraising event is a nationwide competitioin for performing arts organisations. Each organisation will be invited to submit a 60 second ad promoting their business and showcasing their work. These films will then go to public vote and the winner will receive a golden package of prizes as well as featuring on the homepage of the site. After the voting has ended the site will turn into a searchable directory. If you are interested in applying please email charity@paritor.co.uk.


22 June 2011

What does the Ebacc mean for music?

There is a danger that keeping the English Baccalaureate as it now stands could make it 'impossible' for those studying GCSEs to have the option of music. This news comes following a report from a leading body, the Incoporated Society of Musicians.






Deborah Annetts, CE of ISM: 'Without music GCSE being given the weighting it deserves, our cultural and creative economy will be put at risk, and young people who want to be involved in the music sector will have their efforts hampered'


The ISM noted that teachers have already reported a drop in students taking GCSE music. For more information please visit: www.ism.org.


M & iCon 11 deemed great success by delegates

The17th May marked our first ever Management and Innovation Conference, and performing arts educators from all over the UK including Northern Ireland met at the Royal Opera House. The conference was a huge success and covered many important topics from operational innovation to what is needed to secure a successful music education hub.




To find out more about the day, the presentations or the presenters themselves please visit www.paritor.com.



Music Educators' Orchestra launched in Dublin


Designed to sustain music educators both musically and creatively. Members will play a range of works including imaginative "open score" pieces to classical "minatures" to new arrangements, allowing all members to gain creative ideas and exercises to use themselves.



www.irishmusiceducation.ie/?p=400







National Music Council Local Authority Music Education Awards 2011

This month applications forms and letters have gone out for the awards, which are sponsored by Paritor.


If you have not yet recieved an application form you can download one from www.paritor.com.





9 June 2011

Dick Hallam's response to: What's happening about Henley's recommendations?

Posted on the Teaching Music forum, for more great discussion about music education please visit: www.teachingmusic.org.uk.



What's happening about Henley's recommendations?





Is it me, or have things gone rather quiet since Darren Henley filed his report with the DfE and they released their response? Does anyone, anywhere, know what is happening in response to any of this recommendations? In particular, what about this National Plan for Music Education? If there was one initiative that you thought might happen out of all this, then this was it. Anyone got any news on this, the steering group constitution, etc?





A. You are right. Things have gone quiet. However, as far as I am aware the Government is on track for delivering in line with its commitments in response to Henley:

There was a promise to deliver more information about partnership working 'within 6 months' and I believe that will be kept to. If colleagues are interested in partnership working, I have just had a research article published entitled 'Effective Partnership Working in Music Education' in the International Journal of Music Education (May 2011).

All other comments regarding action by the Government were 'over the coming months'. So again there is every indication that this is happening behind the scenes. Colleagues involved in In Harmony, for example, are about to be interviewed with regard to funding for September and beyond in line with the Henley Recommendation.

The latest I heard is that something will be consulted upon this side of the summer break, and that a final plan will be produced 'late summer' in time to enable funding for 2012 and beyond to be sorted out.

I am sure we will all hear the moment anything is available, in the meantime, I believe the same colleagues who are working on the National Plan for Music Education have been busy with the culture review, with one exception - i.e. me! I have been busy visiting LAs around the country challenging and supporting them in meeting the requirements of the Music Education Grant, which is the route through which former Standards Fund ctivity is being funded in 2011/2012, and then reporting back to the DfE on a monthly basis.

I am sure there is nothing to worry about.

Dick Hallam

8 June 2011

Paritor 2011, The year so far.....

Paritor Ltd is an independent software house based in the Southwest. We specialise in developing software designed to handle the management and administration of music and performing arts related businesses. Over the course of three decades, Paritor has evolved and is now imperative in the working lives of many performing arts educators. Today, Paritor is the UK leader in management and administration software for educators in the performing arts sector. We provide software for individual teachers and local authority performing arts services as well as for studios, schools and academies.






Our software is based in the back office of the music and performing arts education world, an area that is often overlooked and perhaps at times, undervalued. It is this area that is often pivotal to cost savings with the necessity of having an efficient management structure in place.


This year has been crucial for Paritor, the current economic climate has meant that more and more establishments are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve the level of service that they deliver. Demand for our software has increased far beyond levels previously experienced. Further, many of these businesses are now changing shape and it has been a fantastic time to launch our new product, Academy. Academy has been developed at the hands of music, dance and drama schools, and is designed specifically for all performing arts establishments not funded by local authorities.


The future is continuing to look very bright for Paritor, excitement is brewing amongst our customers and prospects with the development of Live. Live will allow parents and teachers to interact with the database through smart phone apps and online portals. A couple of the features include online parent applications and an app for teachers to do their registers. Parents, teachers and pupils will also be able to communicate through the use of technology to keep updated with how the child is progressing and any issues that might arise.


The aim of Live is to effectively make the job of the administration much easier, eliminate double entry and increase communication.


We see it our role like many others in the music education sector, to continuously raise awareness of the importance of music education. This year we are sponsoring the National Music Council Local Authority Music Awards, and a vital element of this will be to make them even more high profile and help to showcase the achievements outside the sector, something which is critical to the fight for future funding.


Additionally this year we are sponsoring Music as Therapy International as our Charity of the Year 2011. The main part of this will be a competition ‘Make Yourself Heard’. This will be a nationwide competition to help all music educators shout about the fantastic work they are doing.

2 June 2011

We need your help!




This year Paritor is proud to be supporting Music as Therapy International, a small charity which takes some of the benefits of music therapy to vulnerable children and adults around the world. Our main fundraising event is a nationwide competition for performing arts schools and it is with this than I am appealing for your help.




In Sept we will be inviting students from every performing arts school, academy, service and teacher to create a 60 second advertisement promoting their business and showcasing their work. All entries will be uploaded to the web and judged by public vote – it’s these votes that will raise the money Music as Therapy International so badly need. Ultimately the website will become a searchable directory of performing arts schools. Whilst this will be a great incentive for schools to take part, we are currently seeking prizes for the most popular entry, in order to encourage as much voting as possible – to raise as much money as possible.




We are putting together a Golden Package of prizes for the winning school and students. This is where you come in! Could you donate a prize?




In return for your support, your company will be featured prominently on the front page of the competition website. We will also include a biography in the Partners’ Section of the site, with links to your website. There will also be the option for you to be part of the emails, mailshots and the social media campaign if you wish. And of course you’ll get that warm glow!




I would be extremely grateful for any support you are able to give to this exciting competition. With your help, this competition will attract great interest among the students and staff invited to participate and, most importantly, help Music as Therapy International take their impressive work to children and adults in Romania, Rwanda, Georgia and Peru through the projects they have planned this year.




I look forward to hearing from you and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. If you would like more information on Music as Therapy International please visit their website: www.musicastherapy.org. I hope you’ll be as impressed by their work as we are here at Paritor.

Exeter Academy Roadshow Information Confirmation



26 May 2011

Local Authority Music Education Awards:Scotland




Email: info@nationalmusiccouncil.co.uk



Registered Charity: 249178




May 2011




The Chief Education Officers (or equivalent) of Education Authorities in Scotland



cc Head of Music Service.




Dear Colleague



National Music Council Local Authority Music Education Awards 2011




The National Music Council (NMC) Local Authority Music Education Awards scheme recognises those authorities that are able to demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision in a particular year. The Music Education Council continues to be formally associated with the scheme. And once again, Jazz Services as well as the PRS for Music Foundation will be looking to award Diplomas/Certificates of their own.




Please note that the Awards used to be known as the Local Education Authority Music Awards – we have slightly changed the name this year in order to conform to DCSF nomenclature.




As in previous years, the 2011 Awards (relating to the 2010/11 financial year) are being organised with the support of and assistance from the Federation of Music Services and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. We understand that the Education and Lifelong Learning Department in Scotland continues to be supportive of the scheme.


The combined support of all the various partners enables the NMC to improve the possibilities for publicising and celebrating the achievements of the winning authorities and highlighting good practice through:




· a ceremony to which the following will be invited: representatives of the winning authorities; a representative of every submitting authority; key opinion formers linked to the music industry and music education (including all Council members); and representatives of the media



· broadening the dissemination of the report detailing the activities of those authorities recognised during the year (using electronic means)



In 2011, as in previous years, the Awards will take the form of a major trophy and diplomas of merit. The major trophy will be awarded to the authority that demonstrates the most substantial overall commitment to music during the year in question, given the resources at its disposal, and the questionnaire has been drawn up in such a way as to enable recognition by diploma to be accorded also to those authorities whose policies and practices are worthy of special acknowledgement.




For the avoidance of doubt, we can confirm that in our deliberations we take full account of the resources available to and the size of the LAs/Music Services making submissions.




Local Authorities are now invited to make submissions for the 2011 Awards using the questionnaire attached to this email. The questionnaire has been substantially revised and simplified this year: in many cases the information requested will be available in other documentation, and we have tried to ensure that the process is as easy as possible whilst remaining consistent with our need to treat all authorities fairly and obtain the requisite information.




A copy of the report in respect of the previous year’s Awards can be accessed via the MusicEd website, www.musiced.org.uk under the Magazine section.




I confirm that, as always, a submission in the name of a semi-autonomous unit within an authority – be it called a music service, agency, trust or foundation for music – will be most welcome. In all cases, submissions must be made using the questionnaire, and please note that we are no longer able to accept printed copies. The completed questionnaires must be emailed by 6pm on Friday 12 August 2011 to:




info@nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk




Any questions or queries should please be directed to the same email address.




We look forward to hearing from you.



Yours sincerely







Robin Osterley




Chair of the Music Awards Panel

Local Authority Music Education Awards: England












Email: info@nationalmusiccouncil.co.uk


Registered Charity: 249178


May 2011





The Director of Children’s, Young People’s and Families’ Services in England & Wales



(Education Authorities in Scotland have received a separate letter)


cc Head of Music Service






Dear Colleague




The National Music Council Local Authority Music Education Awards 2011




The National Music Council (NMC) Local Authority Music Education Awards scheme recognises those authorities that are able to demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision in a particular year. The Music Education Council continues to be formally associated with the scheme. And once again, Jazz Services as well as the PRS for Music Foundation will be looking to award Diplomas/Certificates of their own.



Please note that the Awards used to be known as the Local Education Authority Music Awards – we have slightly changed the name this year in order to conform to DCSF nomenclature.


As in previous years, the 2011 Awards (relating to the 2010/11 financial year) are being organised with the support of and assistance from the Federation of Music Services and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.


The combined support of all the various partners enables the NMC to improve the possibilities for publicising and celebrating the achievements of the winning authorities and highlighting good practice through:




· a ceremony to which the following will be invited: representatives of the winning authorities; a representative of every submitting authority; key opinion formers linked to the music industry and music education (including all Council members); and representatives of the media




· broadening the dissemination of the report detailing the activities of those authorities recognised during the year (using electronic means)



In 2011, as in previous years, the Awards will take the form of a major trophy and diplomas of merit. The major trophy will be awarded to the authority that demonstrates the most substantial overall commitment to music during the year in question, given the resources at its disposal, and the questionnaire has been drawn up in such a way as to enable recognition by diploma to be accorded also to those authorities whose policies and practices are worthy of special acknowledgement.




For the avoidance of doubt, we can confirm that in our deliberations we take full account of the resources available to and the size of the LAs/Music Services making submissions.



Local Authorities are now invited to make submissions for the 2011 Awards using the questionnaire attached to this email. The questionnaire has been substantially revised and simplified this year: in many cases the information requested will be available in other documentation, and we have tried to ensure that the process is as easy as possible whilst remaining consistent with our need to treat all authorities fairly and obtain the requisite information.




A copy of the report in respect of the previous year’s Awards can be accessed via the MusicEd website, www.musiced.org.uk under the Magazine section.



I confirm that, as always, a submission in the name of a semi-autonomous unit within an authority – be it called a music service, agency, trust or foundation for music – will be most welcome. In all cases, submissions must be made using the questionnaire, and please note that we are no longer able to accept printed copies. The completed questionnaires must be emailed by 6pm on Friday 12 August 2011 to:



info@nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk



Any questions or queries should please be directed to the same email address.



We look forward to hearing from you.




Yours sincerely







Robin Osterley



Chair of the Music Awards Panel






25 May 2011

Manchester Academy Roadshow Information Confirmation




18th May update on Music: English Baccalaureate

Parliament quoted by Hansard, 18th May Written Answers

Music: English Baccalaureate

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the decision to exclude music from the English Baccalaureate in light of the conclusions and recommendations of the independent Henley Review of music education in England. [55604]


Mr Gibb: The English Baccalaureate is not intended as a list of the only valuable or rigorous subjects.


We recognise the importance of music which is why we commissioned Darren Henley's review of music education. We will respond to his recommendations with a new national plan for music education in the summer.


To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the decision to exclude music from the English Baccalaureate in light of the conclusions and recommendations of the independent Henley Review of music education in England. [55604]


Mr Gibb: The English Baccalaureate is not intended as a list of the only valuable or rigorous subjects.


We recognise the importance of music which is why we commissioned Darren Henley's review of music education. We will respond to his recommendations with a new national plan for music education in the summer.


For more information please visit :


House of Commons Written Answers 18 May 2011 - Parliament.uk
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/a0069811

23 May 2011

Play - Learn - Live 2011


Musical Futures, Roland UK, Rockschool and Walsall College are collaborating to bring you this exciting CPD event designed for classroom music teachers and music practitioners


Saturday 2 July, 9am–5pm


Walsall College, Littleton Street West, WS2 8ES


To find out more please vist www.playlearnlive.eventbrite.com



19 May 2011

Paritor sponsor the National Music Council's Local Authority Music Awards 2011

This year marks the first year that Paritor are to sponsor the Local Authority Music Award's hosted by the National Music Council. It is the Council grand event, and this year it is set to be even bigger. With the future of funding uncertain for many music services, it imperative that they show their achievements in a bid to compete for the limited funds available.





Calender of Activity:




  • May 2011: Call for entries


  • September 2011: Judging by the Awards Panel


  • November 2011: Awards Ceremony

(Provisional dates)



The award categories:



Major Awards: Prestigious prize of the major trophy which is awarded for the high-quality music provison to young people in schools. Awarded to a maximum of two, last year it was East Ayrshire and Devon.


Dipolma of Merit: Awarded for high commitment to music making and providing outstanding opportunities for young people to learn music, and most importantly, make music.


PRS Foundation Award: A Diploma of Special Merit for commitment to creative music making, last year awarded to Glasgow.


Jazz Services Award: On the Jazz side, Jazz Services recognise a commitment to jazz education through their Will Michael Awards.


Paul Wood, East Ayrshire (2010 winners of the major trophy):


'It's always an honour to take part in the NMC awards as it gives the authority a chance to reflect upon the work that has been done. To be jointly awarded the Major Trophy is a real privilege'


Background


The awards have been in existence for nearly 20 years and last year attracted 15 entries. It is an exciting opportunity for music services to celebrate achievements from pupils and staff. This year they will be even more significant, in a time when the future of funding is uncertain it is crucial to be able to showcase the importance of music education. As part of the sponsorship we will be working with the National Music Council to increase the profile of the awards and hopefully assist in raisng the profile of music education.


Mark Pemberton, Chair of the National Music Council


“We are delighted that Paritor have agreed to sponsor the NMC’s local authority music education awards. These awards provide recognition for those Local Education Authorities across the country that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to music provision in a particular year. Paritor’s sponsorship of the awards will add prestige and value for the winners and help boost the profile of the awards at a time when music provision at local authority level faces the challenges of public spending cuts”.








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Hitting a high note at the Performing Arts: Management and Innovation Conference 2011

Performing Arts Educators from around the UK including Northern Ireland met at the Royal Opera House on 17th May 2011 for the very first Performing Arts Education: Management and Innovation Conference. The theme of which surrounded the music education hub, a key proposal by the Henley Review.




The conference brought together prominent leaders in the field of management and music education to discuss the current climate and what is needed for the future. With the future of funding uncertain, music education is under even more strain not only to perform at the very best level but also to be able to show and provide evidence.


The performing arts education sector is currently going through a turbulent time and it was felt that this conference has come at just the right time. With important decisions to be made, the conference was designed to advice and help build a positive picture for the future.







Paritor’s Managing Director Simon Dutton hosted the conference and was delighted to welcome all guest speakers. Ian Clethero from Zone New Media/Music Education UK spoke to us about the online hub that he had developed in partnership with Hertfordshire Music Service. Ben Ballard, freelance organisational development and fundraising consultant spoke about stresses and strains of developing a partnership, what is needed to make a good hub and for it ultimately to be successful.. Neil Farnworth came from a business background, Enrich Training and Consultancy, and spoke about the best business practices and the potential of privatisation. Whilst the key presentations came from Simon Dutton, about the necessity of being able to keep the teachers in contact with the parents and children as well as the ability for teachers to provide real-time information.


Overall, the conference was a huge success and covered many important topics regarding innovation of the way that music services operate and their needs for all elements of the music education hub.


The calibre of presenters at the conference was remarkable and many new ideas were mentioned regarding the management behind music education. Read below to find out more information about the presenters and their talks.



Pictures to follow .....

10 May 2011

Manchester Academy Roadshow from Paritor

‘The leading supplier in management and administration software for performing arts educators’

Combining innovation, inspiration and technology, the Academy Roadshow 2011 brings you an unforgettable showcase of the latest management solution for performing arts educators from the UK’s leading supplier.




What’s on at the event:


If you are involved in the management and administration of a performing arts academy then you will benefit from a visit to the roadshow. The session will provide managers with an overview of the Academy software solution and you will be able put your questions to the experts, update your product knowledge and gain practical advice. Complementary refreshments and a delegate bag will be provided.




Manchester MacDonald Hotel - 17th & 18th June 2011



We would like to invite you to the Manchester launch of Academy. The two events will be hosted on:



· Friday 17th June, 2pm—4pm



· Saturday 18th June, 10am—12pm




To book a free place:


Places are limited and will be secured on a first come first served basis. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Either email: roadshow@paritor.co.uk or call one of the team on 01395 445092.