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.