19 May 2011

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 .....

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