21 April 2011

Course deemed a visual success!



This first course has been deemed a success by attendees. The course covered data manipulation and helped services develop fully customised letters and reports. John Grant, Argyll & Bute Music Service:


'I found Paritor's Data Visualisation Course to be extremely useful on several levels. Firstly, it gave the opportunity to explore the potential for monitoring the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of our operation which had not been fully appreciated before. Secondly, how data can be manipulated to create powerful marketing and publicity tools. And last but not least, the course provided an excellent networking opportunity with collegues who rarely have the time or opportunity to meet and chat. I look forward to the next course.'





For more information email course@paritor.co.uk or call us 01395 445092

International Music Council to host 4th IMC World Forum on Music 26 Sept - 2 October 2011, Estonia.

The European Music Council will co-operate with the International Music Council to host IMC World Music Forum for the first time in Europe. The World Forum of Music will offer a wide-ranging programme bringing together people from different cultures, religious beliefs, age and gender to discuss the future of music education.









The IMC stands for promotion of diverse music, the forum offers a platform for the great diversity of music life on all continents. For more information please visit http://www.emc-imc.org/

Will Ofsted reform into the correct body for music education?

In recent news, the Education Select Committee has called for Ofsted to be broken down into more specific areas. Earlier this year the Henley Review called for Ofsted to play a greater role in the provision of music education.







The general consensus amongst music educators was an agreement that there needs to be a stronger role of inspection, but there was considerable debate over whether Ofsted were the correct body. Criticisms were focused on the broad nature of Ofsted (specifically since the 2007 reform) and the fact that they are not capable of coping with the diverse and specified nature of music education. This reform may help to build a bridge between the two arguments. This latest report states that Ofsted have 'lost elements of specialism' and this needs to change.

BBC to attend M & iCon 2011

There will be representation from BBC proms and symphony orchestra at the M &iCon 2011 held in May. They will join a fantastic line up of delegates which includes National Youth Orchestra, Think Media, Incoporated Society of Musicians and Sing Up.





The conference will be attended by a real mix of music educators, all of whom understand the importance of developing new ideas and technology in order to futureproof. For more information about the conference please visit http://www.paritor.com/ or email conference@paritor.co.uk.


13 April 2011

Leading the way to a thriving music hub ....

One day left of the early bird rate for our management and innovation conference 2011.

This is a national conference and will focus on the relationship between new business practices and a future vision of music education management.

It will take place over one day and bring together prominent leaders in both the field of music education and business in order to provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving area.


The role of music services is changing with funding uncertain and the added opportunity of becoming the core of the music hub it is time to be equipped for the future. The aim of the conference is to present music services with the modern and innovative practices as well as a structure for management assisting them in their quest to future proof!



12 April 2011

Management and Innovation Conference 2011 - two days left for early bird rate!

The early bird rate for our conference will finish on 14th April 2011.

This is a national conference and will focus on the relationship between new business practices and a future vision of music education management.

It will take place over one day and bring together prominent leaders in both the field of music education and business in order to provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving area.


The role of music services is changing with funding uncertain and the added opportunity of becoming the core of the music hub it is time to be equipped for the future. The aim of the conference is to present music services with the modern and innovative practices as well as a structure for management assisting them in their quest to future proof!


For more information place visit http://www.paritor.com/ or email conference@paritor.co.uk.




7 April 2011

Business survival toolkit

Creative & Cultural Skills have designed a new online resource to help creative business and cultural organisations navigate difficult times and prepare for future growth.

The Business Survival Toolkit , developed with partners the Crafts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cultural Leadership Programme and Design Council, forms part of the revitalised Creative Choices website.


To read more please visit: http://www.business-survival-toolkit.co.uk/


Funding the future

Obviously not applicable to all music educators, but if you are looking at new ways to raise funds here are a couple of good places to start:

Kick Starter (www.kickstarter.com)


Sponsume (www.sponsume.com)


We did this (http://wedidthis.org.uk)


Angel Shares - http://twitter.com/#!/loveangelshares (only currently available on twitter) but you can contact the founder Sarah Gee Sarah Gee at sarah.gee@indigo-ltd.com.



1 April 2011

M & iCon: Sixth speaker announced - Neil Farnworth

Neil Farnworth - Enrich Training and Consultancy

Neil is passionate about music. He studied violin at the Royal Manchester School. His professional career has developed in business advice and consultancy running his own business Enrich for the past 8 years. Neil has recently delivered workshops on the subject of Commercial Acumen for County Councils to assist them to prepare for transition of music and schools services into commercially run business concerns.





Paritor Blog: M & iCon: Fifth speaker announced - James Dickinson

James Dickinson - Head of Hertfordshire Music Service

After reading Music at Oxford University, James Dickinson taught and played the French horn as well as managing orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He went on to become Marketing Director of two successful software companies before being appointed Projects and Activities Manager for Hertfordshire Music Service in 2003 and Head of Service in 2007.





Paritor Blog: M & iCon: Fouth speaker announced - Robin Osterley

Robin Osterley Chief Exec - Making Music/Nat Music Council.

Immersed in music all his life, first as amateur performer, and then, since 1993, in arts management. He has been chair of the NMC and has now taken over the management of the Local Authority Music Awards. Robin is a member of the National Music Education Forum and a well-respected lobbyist for music in education generally.