Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

Here are some links to organisations that support the musical education of young people. More organisations and resources, lesson blogs etc can be found in B Sharp’s Links to Music Training and Colleges.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

If you know of more organisations and resources, please reply below giving a link to them.

Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

Related: B Sharp resource page with Links to Music Training and Colleges and Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians and Music Entrepreneurs.

The Music Education Code of Practice for Music Practioners is useful to follow. It was originally developed by MusicLeader and Sound Sense.

Working with Children and Young People in Challenging Circumstances through music is a briefing paper by Sound Connections with research to identify the key skills and qualities needed to be a music leader working with children and young people in challenging circumstances (CCC). It also explores pathways into the sector and the key challenges music leaders face when establishing a career.

General Resources:

Music Education Works Resources explaining the benefits of music education.

Links to National Music Education Organisations listed on the Music Education UK website.

The Youth Music charity’s list of useful links for information, ideas and guidance.

Keeping Children Safe in Music Created in 2010 by the Musicians Union, the NSPCC, ABRSM and Youth Music, but still very relevant today, this short video series offers guidance to music practitioners on a range of child protection issues.

BBC Learning Zone and Music Mark These films aim to provide informative and engaging music education tools to support children and young people’s music education in both Primary and Secondary schools – and in reality they provide practical and highly useful insights for all (inside and outside the classroom).

Blast BBC website encouraging young people to get involved in the arts and providing opportunities, information and guidance.

BBC’s list of music organisations and resources that help young musicians, with links.

BBC’s Beginners tips for playing loads of different instruments and singing.

BBC and Music Mark music education videos These films aim to provide informative and engaging music education tools to support children and young people’s music education in both Primary and Secondary schools – and in reality they provide practical and highly useful insights for all (inside and outside the classroom).

A very good document with advice about what instrument might suit you, what to think about when buying instruments, where to get them, help with learning, looking after your voice and instruments etc. Also lots of links to online music magazines for different genres – roots, D’n’B, rock, jazz, world, classical etc.

Music in schools: promoting good practice – Ofsted guidance for teachers, headteachers, and music hub leaders when observing musical teaching and learning.

Parents Guide To Music Education is a free download by Rhinegold Publishing. Over 700 schools listed by region, youth orchestras, choirs, early years and much more.

Musical Makers Lots of useful links to resources for Music Educators, musicians and music lovers.

Music Education Madness Various resources, with a good links section.

World News on Music Education Articles from around the world about music education, collated by the International Music Council, founded by UNESCO.

Hot Tickets For Schools is a ‘one stop resource for teachers looking to plan a school trip to must-see events and attractions’. The website has a directory for music performances.

Tips on Sharing Good Practice – a Youth Music blog with a download of 20 questions to ask yourself about what you are doing, and tips on how to present what you say so that you can share your successes and challenges with others and tell your story well.

Organisations In South West England

B Sharp. Lyme Regis based charity for young people to sing and play music together, progress their skills and have fun doing it. Facebook page for quick news and interaction. Twitter: @bsharplyme

Dorset Music Service for young people is committed to providing all kinds of instrument playing and musical opportunities at the highest practicable level, to as many young people in the county as possible.

Arts Education Partnerships South West. The Arts Education Partnerships support artists, teachers and governors so that more children and young people have a chance to experience and participate in the arts. The South West has a network of 10 arts education partnerships. The nearest to Lyme Regis are DepARTure (covers Dorset), DAISI (Devon and Torbay), SPAEDA (Somerset) and Wave (Bournemouth and Poole).

South West Music School are a music charity working with talented young instrumentalists, singers and composers aged 8 -18 yrs in the South West. Due to the geographical nature of the South West SWMS are not building based but are a ‘virtual’ school working with young people on an individual basis in their local area.

SoundStorm is the award-winning Music Education Development Agency for the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation.

Bristol’s Remix provide an extensive programme of activities for young people ranging from 4 to 19 yr olds of all abilities. Develop your skills in songwriting, production, singing, MCing, DJing, instruments, arrangement, performance and much more! – See more.

Bristol Music Education Partnership formed in January 2011 to join up the many educators across the sector in the city and surrounding regions so that, together, they can improve learning for musicians of all levels, ages and backgrounds.

Plymouth Music Zone is an award-winning music charity that believes passionately in the power of music to reach out & help transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children, young people & adults across Plymouth and beyond…

Portland Rocks Young people’s music organisation based in Portland.

Poole Society for Young Musicians, not-for profit organisation. Performance opportunities for young local mainly classical musicians and students of music. @BroadstoneMusic

Open College Network South West Region Access to Higher Education courses are designed to equip students who have few or no qualifications with the skills required to succeed when studying in Higher Education. For providers of Access Courses to Higher Education in the South West see map. OCNSWR is a national Awarding Organisation, set up and operating as a social enterprise, and regulated by Ofqual to submit and offer new national qualifications in the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) that may attract public funding.

RELAYS Regional Educational Legacy for Arts and Youth Sport has been working with young people in the community, in schools, in colleges and in universities to inspire them through the delivery of events in arts and sport. Formed to create a positive legacy beyond the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A good friend of B Sharp, with several invites to participate in their events.


Youth Music is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children & young people. They have been fantastic supporters of B Sharp since 2008. Twitter: @youthmusic

Youth Music Network Resource website of the Youth Music charity. It has lots of blogs, resources and funding information for organisations wanting to involve young people with group music making. Find something happening near you. Twitter: @YouthMusicNet

Youth Music’s Quality Framework – a guide to music making with children and young people that helps give the best music and personal outcomes.  It comprises 23 criteria that evidence collected by Youth Music suggests is desirable for a high quality music-making session.

7 national music organisations for young people, co-funded by Arts Council England and the Department of Education:

Youth Music Theatre UK
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO)
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
Music for Youth
National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
National Youth Jazz Collective 

Generator is the Uk’s leading Music Development Agency. It currently produces robust programmes in the areas of music business development in a regional context, musician support (including the development of commercial viability of artists). Live music (most significantly in supporting promoters) and in supporting and representing the music development sector.

Rhinegold Publishing Ltd, the company that creates and publishes the definitive music and performing arts directories and guides including:

Rhinegold Education is the UK’s leading provider of Secondary music education resources, supporting the Edexcel, AQA and OCR specifications across GCSE and A Level Music and Music Technology, with a complete range of study guides, listening tests and revision guides for each board. They also have published digital editions of some of the books.

Schooble is a new music education network site for teachers, organisations and students/school children. After registering, users can create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages.  Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups and associate themselves via a connection with organisations such as Schools and Music Hubs. Users can set up classes within schools, show audio and video work and  upload and share resource files. Run by Paritor, a music education software company.Twitter: @ParitorSchooble

Music Education Expo The UK’s largest exhibition and professional development conference for anyone who teaches music – with workshops, seminars and organisations stands. The third instalment of the annual conference takes place 12-13 March 2015 at  Barbican Centre Exhibition Hall 2 in London.

Music Education Council exists to bring together and provide a forum for member organisations to debate issues affecting music education and to make representation and promote appropriate action at local, national and international level. It draws its membership from across the entire music education and music industry sectors. 

The English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) is a networking body for all those using the arts in their work with young people in informal educational settings, including work with young people at risk. It is run by national youth arts development agency Artswork to provide a unique set of services to those using the arts in their work with children and young people – the Youth Arts sector.

Sound Connections develop, support and empower individuals and organisations to deliver high quality music making to children and young people across London. Lots of useful resources.

Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts.

Voices Foundation is a national music education charity working closely with the Government, Local Authorities and Schools to deliver sustainable solutions to teaching music at primary level. Various resources, activities and services.

In Harmony is a social and music education programme inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, adapted to an English context. In Harmony uses music to bring positive change to the lives of children in disadvantaged areas of England, delivering benefits across the wider community.

National Association of Youth Orchestras Comprehensive information on youth orchestras and chamber groups across the country.

The UK Association of Music Educators, known as Music Mark, is the new charitable, independent organisation (built on the foundations of the Federation of Music Services and the National Association of Music Educators) which represents and supports 99% of all Music Services and over 12,000 instrumental and classroom music teachers, music tutors, assistants plus consultants, advisers, inspectors and lecturers in Initial Teacher Education. Good links resource. Twitter: @musicmarkuk

National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) based in the USA, has lots of blogs, resources and lessons, useful everywhere. They have a very active LinkedIn group.

Music Educator’s Group has discussions and resources posted on LinkedIn.

National Music Council exists to promote the interests of the music industry as a whole. Membership is drawn from all areas of the music business and is open to all organisations with an interest in music and its development in the UK: professional, voluntary and amateur; subsidised and commercial; creative and educational.

The Association of Teachers of Singing promotes a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing. We create opportunities which bring together teachers from all over the world. All AOTOS activities and services are open to members specialising in teaching any expression of song: from classical, through music theatre and folk, to jazz, rock and gospel, either privately or in school, college or conservatoire.

Schools Music Association is recognised as a national voice for music in education. They provide an essential network for music teachers, which serves as a vital link between those working with young people and the policy makers at local, regional and national level. Useful links page.

The Department of Education‘s vision is for a highly educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people no matter what their background or family circumstances.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) aims to help make Britain the world’s most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business.

Creative-Employment is an information and funding website to support arts organisations take on unemployed young people between 16-24 in creative apprenticeships, internships and traineeships, with a £15 million fund to do so.

The Educational Recording Agency operates a Licensing Scheme for educational use of copyright material and is one of a range of collecting societies which help copyright owners and performers derive an income from the licensed use of their literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.

Foundations for Excellence is the home for information, guidance and sign-posting in the area of health and wellbeing for young musicians and dancers. Based in Exeter.

Youth Television is a youth-led online TV Channel and a production company powered by young people aged 13 to 25 years old supported by professionals from the media industry. YTV curates and showcases media produced by young people from across UK and develops high quality video content for arts organisations, charities and broadcasters. It has a music section.

Teaching Music Where inspiring teachers and practitioners share great ideas. FREE for all music educators and policy makers. Twitter: @teachingmusic

International Society for Music Education (ISME) is a worldwide organisation that seeks to celebrate the diverse ways that people engage with, and develop in and through, music. Founded in 1953, ISME represents an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of professionals who strive to understand and promote music learning across the lifespan. “We share a commitment to culture, education, conservation and the durable development of our cultural heritage, and to evidence-based policy and practice.”

International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc) Based in the Department of Arts & Humanities of the Institute of Education, University of London, iMerc is a place where researchers in music education, professionals in related fields, as well as undergraduate students and enthusiasts, can get together in a virtual exchange of information and knowledge in the field of Music Education, Music Psychology, Special Needs Education and Music, Early Childhood and Musical Development, Philosophy of Music Education, Music Technology Education, Musical Performance, Music Curriculum, Sociology of Music and Music Education and Choral Music Education.

European Music School Union is the European umbrella organisation of national music school associations in Europe.

Youth In Action The Youth in Action programme funds and supports European projects for young people aged between 13-30 years old. The European Commission finances the programme. Music projects and international exchanges can use the Erasmus+ funding programme.

Urban Development – music-making and creative activities for young people living in urban environments throughout the UK. Includes the London based ‘Dare to Dream’ project to explore street art and music with an emphasis on experimentation and creativity in all aspects of modern music-making and presentation with the aim of developing distinctive, commercially viable music product.

Musical Futures is a movement to reshape music education driven by teachers for teachers. Their website is for learning, creating and sharing music, asking questions, publishing your work and sharing ideas with other students, teachers and musicians. At its heart is a set of pedagogies that bring non-formal teaching and informal learning approaches into more formal contexts, in an attempt to provide engaging, sustainable and relevant music making activities for all young people. Twitter: @musicalfutures

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator Zoltán Kodály.

dv Music Village Major supplier of musical equipment and instruments to schools and educational establishments. Separate site for retailing to the public.

A&C Black Music Music department of A&C Black, publishers since 1807. Specialise in books for music teachers, learners, schools and nurseries. Twitter: @ACBlack_Music

Educational Musicals publish children’s musicals, pantomimes, assembly pieces aimed at KS2 and KS3 pupils. Twitter: @EdMusicals

The Bubbles Music resource files each contain an introductory section, designed to demystify music with easy-to-understand vocabulary and clear layout. There is also a Warm-Up games section, as well as additional cross-curricular theme links to help teachers develop a repertoire of general skills and ideas for music which can be applied in other contexts. From early years to Upper Key Stage 2. Twitter: @BubblesEd

Early Arts is an award-winning national network for people working creatively with children and families in the arts, cultural and early years sectors. They host The Early Years Strategic Roundtable – a national alliance of organisations supporting creative experiences in the expressive arts for children in their early years. Early Arts website has a huge collection of research reports, case studies and practice-sharing resources for arts in the Early Years. Twitter: @earlyartsuk

Musiko Musika Bringing world music into education. Twitter @MusikoMusika

Roo Records Music specialise in fun and educational sheet music for students of all ages and ability levels. Music for school orchestras, groups and soloists. Twitter: @roorecordsmusic

Pop 4 Schools is a learning resource using the pop music industry as a way to teach key curriculum subjects. Key Stages 1, 2 & 3. Twitter: @pop4schools

SAMYO is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music. As the only youth orchestra in Britain to combine North and South Indian music traditions with Western influences and orchestral elements, it is leading the way for the next generation of Indian musicians in the UK while creating new avenues for future collaborative work.

Jessie’s Fund A small charity helping children with additional and complex needs through the use of music. The majority of their larger grants to organisations tend to be between £2,000 and £7,000. Grants to individuals are usually no more than £500, with a priority to help children with more complex needs or life-limiting conditions. Twitter: @JessiesFund

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine: Free medical assessments plus health care info for full/part-time pro & student performing artists & crew. Twitter: @ukbapam

Access to Music is a leading designer and provider of popular music education, training and consultancy. It provides vocationally related services inspired by direct involvement in the music industry.

Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to teaching, learning and making music. They are pioneers for disabled peoples’ use of technology to nurture creativity and explore music. Their vision is a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities as non-disabled people, and a culture of integrated music-making, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals. Useful blogs.

Arts Award Aims to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and achieve a national qualification.

Music for Starters Sells musical instruments, puppets, books, CDs and props for music making in early years and primary settings. Also one day courses aimed at teachers, musicians and early years practitioners suitable for anyone working from birth to first years at school.

Live Music Now gives young musicians paid performance work and support at the start of their careers. It also brings live music to a wide variety of settings: schools for children with special needs, centres for adults with physical and learning disabilities, homes for older people, young offenders institutions, prisons, hospitals and hospices.

Music Education Council. MEC is the umbrella body for all UK organisations connected with music education and draws its membership from across the entire music education and music industry sectors.

Music Teacher Magazine The monthly trade magazine for music teachers. Bringing you news, teaching ideas, resources, reviews and human interest from across the business. Twitter: @MusicTeacherMag

Music Education Blogs. This list comes from a LinkedIn discussion from the National Association for Music Education group, called “What do you think are the best music education blogs?” The blogs recommended are:;;; provides good discussion and insight into a wide variety of music technology and its uses in the classroom; explores issues of music practice and performance, creativity, collaboration, entrepreneurship, career development, technology, wellness, and various facets of living a musician’s life; For classical guitar, google “Delcamp Index”;  for Early Childhood music, the PreK and K Sharing Blog at

The European Guitar Teachers Association aims to improve the standard of guitar teaching, to raise the status of the instrument within the musical mainstream and to widen interest in guitar playing.

Disclosure and Barring Service A vetting service for people currently working and applying to work with children and vulnerable adults. Previously the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checking service.

Currently 147 Local Education Authority Music Services are members of the Federation of Music Services (FMS) representing over 500,000 pupils and 10,000 teachers.

Links to numerous music organisations and associations related to music education. Music Education UK combines a lively and informed online news service, making full use of social media, with a printed magazine.

Archived articles related to community music, music education and music work by Anita Holford in her blog site ‘Inspired by Music‘.


Links for Singing

These links may help you find singing opportunities and develop your singing interests. B Sharp welcomes suggestions for other useful links. Please comment at the bottom of the page.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Singing Resources (also see software below):

Singing is good for you. Article about the benefits of singing.

How the voice works and how to look after it. A document by the British Council’s ‘World Voice’ programme.

Why Sing?  A simple list of various Physical, Psychological, Musical, Social and Educational benefits. Sourced from the British Council.

Blog site about the benfits of singing – see archives for a variety of blogs about singing/health/transferable skills/posture/breathing. By .

Choirs promote community wellbeing. Making Music and Sound Sense have developed a new approach to building community choirs in areas of disadvantage. Evaluation summary here. For a series of practical recommendations for how to start singing groups in disadvantaged communities, see the full report.

The Voice Foundation focuses on interdicplinary care of the voice – bringing together physicians, scientists, speech-language pathologists, performers, and teachers to share their knowledge and expertise in the care of the professional voice user.

Free Sheet Music for Singers And Voice Teachers from Art Song Central. Classical music list.

Vocals Only A YouTube video channel with acapellas of original artists and their hit songs.

Online: Technique and Support

Vocalist Everything you can think of related to singing! A fantastic resource for all musicians. One of the best and most comprehensive information and networking sites on the internet! Every link takes you into a new world.

Do you have to compete when learning to sing well?  A good blog from the Youth Music Network on alternative approaches to teaching singing, with lesson structures.

Singing tips Google search. Lots of sites to help with technique and looking after your voice.

Voice Warm-Ups A collection of vocal warm-ups by Musical Futures that support pitch, ensemble, relationships and timing.

Lots of links to Voice Exercises, Singing Voice Training, Singing Voice Lessons and more on the British Voice Association website.

A large set of links for music resources, including opera. Quite a few are out of date and links don’t work, but many are still live and useful.

Singing Activities for ages 7 – 14 Ideas, activities and resources for 7 – 14 year olds, from the British Council’s ‘World Voice’ Schools Online programme.

Colleges and Personal Training

directory of singing teachers and voice coaches around the world and educational establishments that offer singing courses.

Singing for Pleasure has Bursaries for training to teach singing – available to teachers and vocal leaders working with primary school children and also to those aged 16-26 considering a career in this area.

Apprenticeships in Choral Conducting and courses for choral conducting, including the Young Conductors’ Programme. Run by The Association of British Choral Directors.

Tech Music School. Vocal Courses: Drawing on years of professional experience, the London-based vocal courses offer you structured, ‘hands-on’ training and are packed with concepts, techniques, theory and performances, covering virtually every aspect of modern singing.

The Institute, London. Studio facilities are world-class, for performance, practice and study, and all vocal students study songwriting and composition as part of their course and have plenty of opportunity to develop their skills as songwriters. Full time Vocal courses: Masters Degree (Mmus)    Bmus (Hons) Degree    Ba (Hons) Degree    Cert He Higher    Diploma    Certificate    Diploma    Part time courses: Vocals (Levels I-Iv)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland International Opera Scholarships. A considerable number of Scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of competitive auditions with a special panel, which take place at the time of the main auditions.

From Wikipedia: University and College Schools of Music in the UK:


Scotland Music schools in Scotland


Glyndŵr University

From Wikipedia: University and College Schools of Music around the world. By country.

Where You Can Sing

Singing opportunities for young people: South West. A list of organisations that support young people’s singing in the South West of England. Compiled by Youth Music. 

Singing opportunities for young people resource was put together to give guidance to the former members of Youth Music Voices about singing groups they can join in their area. Covers all of England. 

South West Music School are a music charity working with talented young instrumentalists, singers and composers aged 8 -18 years in the South West.

National Youth Choirs Great Britain. Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best singers in Britain, NYCGB now consists of eight choirs to provide the widest musical experiences for over 750 young people aged 9-28. This is their Facebook page.

Lyme Voices community choir meets Thursdays, 7.30-9.00, in the Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3PP. Everything is taught by ear and there are no auditions. For dates, click here.

Lyme Bay Chorale  is an SATB choir of about 25 singers, based in Lyme Regis. They usually give two concerts of classical and modern choral music a year (April and December) in St Michael’s Church, Lyme. They have training bursaries for young singers who want to join the choir.

Rock Choir was the first amateur contemporary choir in the UK. With more than 16,000 members, they rehearse in over 240 towns nationwide. They sing their own versions of pop, Motown and chart songs, with NO AUDITION and NO NEED TO READ MUSIC. See map for rehearsal places in the UK.

Sing Live – Ordinary people…. doing extraordinary things… in exciting places…. Bringing the joy of singing to everyone and providing extraordinary opportunities to sing in the UK and around the world. Train and perform with professional vocal coaches and musicians, meet many new friends, become a performer!

Auditions and competitions Lots of opportunities listed by The Vocalist

Singing Competitions Lots of opportunities to show your talent in this Google search.

Open Mic UK is a singing competition searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists. Open to all genres acts can perform either a cover or their own original song.

List of British choirs with links to them. There are loads!

List of choirs in:

British Choirs on the Net  “This is a listing of 3,415 British Choirs with Web sites and/or contactable via email. If you find a choir that isn’t here, or if you’re starting one up –  email me   If you would like advice on setting up a choir website visit, if you want a choir for your wedding or corporate event, please visit, if you are looking for vocal soloists to sing with your choir visit or if you are trying to contact former singing colleagues visit Finally if you want to advertise your latest choral concert visit” The site is run by Phillip Tolley. Impressive dedication!

World wide directory of choirs. In alphabetical order. An amazing list! Hundreds and hundreds of them. Listed by the American Choral Directors Association.

World Youth Choir “One of the most remarkable musical and intercultural experiences offered to young musicians. Approximately 100 choral singers from around the globe between the ages of 17 and 26, come together each year to represent one of today’s most significant youth choirs.”

Sing for Water West bring numerous choirs together to sing and fund raise for Water Aid. They have a list of choirs looking for singers. Sing for Water have events all over the country.

Your Accompanist MP3 music to accompany singing.

Singing Organisations

Here are some links that may particularly interest you if you’re a choral singer or a classical music enthusiast, especially if you live in the U.K.

Natural Voice Practitioners Network is a network of people who work with voice and song, and who believe that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability. If you want to sing, you can search for a natural voice choir or workshop in your area. If you are already a singing leader or are interested in becoming one, you can find support, training and resources here.

20,000 Voices have a number of links to  national and online singing organisations, music membership organisations and colleges/vocal leaders in their area (North England).

Music in Offices is the UK’s leading provider of workplace choirs and instrumental tuition programmes. “Did you know that we have initiated over 30 office choirs? Music tuition, performances, choirs and workshops… all from the comfort of your office.” Twitter: @MIOLondon

Sing Up is a not-for-profit music education organisation based in the UK aiming to promote quality singing activities in everyday learning. The organisation maintains an online library of over 500 curriculum-linked songs and warm-ups for primary-aged children, teaching tools for schools and organisations and an integrated training and support programme.

Voices Foundation is a national music education charity working closely with the Government, Local Authorities and Schools to deliver sustainable solutions to teaching music at primary level. Various resources, activities and services.

The Association of Teachers of Singing promotes a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing. We create opportunities which bring together teachers from all over the world. All AOTOS activities and services are open to members specialising in teaching any expression of song: from classical, through music theatre and folk, to jazz, rock and gospel, either privately or in school, college or conservatoire.

National Association of Teachers of Singing Based in the USA, with members in 25 countries, NATS offers numerous benefits that are valuable to singing teachers.

The ONgoing SInging Liaison group. Tonsil comprises organisations that work in the field of youth & adult singing. Tonsil represents 14 organisations promoting choral singing across a wide variety of genres, supporting over 25,000 members choirs and over 500,000 singers, who each year perform to audiences totalling nearly 3 million.

List and links to choral organisations that are part of Tonsil – Barbershop singers, Gospel choirs, Blogs on conducting and harmonising and more.

Singing for Pleasure‘s initiatives include the following:

World Voice aims to bring an international network of professionals together to ensure all children and young people across the world have access to singing education of the highest quality.  The network uses a communications infrastructure made up of multimedia platforms to enable teachers and pupils to access resources and teaching guides. A British Council ‘Schools Online’ programme.

European Choral Association – Europe Cantat is a network of organisations, choirs and individuals in the choral field in Europe. It offers activities for choirs, young singers, conductors, composers and managers on all levels from Europe and beyond.

IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) facilitates communication and exchange between choral musicians throughout the world.


For PA, microphones, karaoke and other equipment, try: List of Retailers that are members of the Music Industries Association – the trade body for the musical instrument industry – selling musical instruments, equipment, pro audio hardware, software, rental, services and repairs. In alphabetical order but you can search by category.

For other equipment suppliers see B Sharp’s equipment blog.


Choir Prodigy is a free app that has polyphonic pitch and vowel detection “that helps you improve as a singer at any level, whether you are singing solo or in harmony. No other system can hear your pitch, then help you in real time. And no other system knows if you are singing the right vowel with good tone. Choir Prodigy is your coach, accompanist, assistant and repertoire; all in one.”

Links from the Vocalist:

Vocal Software which lets you sing the melody, and harmony parts one by one, into a microphone attached to the computer, and *transcribe* the lines as notes on a musical staff or visual display which will also allow you to change specific notes in specific parts to hear how it would change the sound of the 3-part harmony and could take a sung melody line and generate different kinds of harmonies will find them listed in this section. For Ear-Training and Pitching software solutions, visit the Pitching Exercises page.
Freeware and shareware composition software – several programs available for composing and transposing music, the programs are for PC &/or MAC.
Spectographs or Spectral Analysers offer you the opportunity to see what fundamental & overtones a singer produces in real-time or by comparing recorded sounds. Download and try it out singing various pitch, vowel and volume combinations! There are several freeware and shareware programs listed below, plus information on frequencies, harmonics and links to tutorials.  You will need a microphone to use these programs (any cheap computer microphone will do).
Recording and Composition. Most professional recording software has options within the program that allows you to manipulate the timing, tempo and notation as well as record using either step or live input. Some versions may also have ‘light’ options where a part of the more expensive programme has been made available at a more reasonable price i.e., Cubase has a notation programme which allows you to write and manipulate scores for printing.Songwriters need to have both options available so that their work can be recorded and the music printed for copyrighting and if you are unsure of the type of programme you are going to require then it is worth trying out a few of the freeware/shareware programs before splashing out on a professional program.

Links to Music Festivals

Here are some links to some UK music festivals. If you can recommend any music festivals, please reply below, giving a link.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Music Festival Resources:

Tickets too expensive? “Work at Music Festivals UK” provides you with a constant stream of festival work opportunities, paid and volunteer. Posting work opportunities as they are released so that you don’t miss out!

This site has a good map of music festivals in the UK with links to each festival.

Comprehensive list of UK music festivals, listed under different music genres.

The Festival Calendar. Dates for UK festivals.

UK Festival Guides for all your festival and music needs. Festival Calendar, music videos, reviews, guides and galleries.

E Festivals. Quick links for Festivals around the world  Festivals and events are being added & updated all the time.  E-mail to get your festival added.

Ents24 – “dedicated to bringing you the easiest way to find events and buy tickets no matter where you live or what you’re into. Live music, stand-up comedy, festivals, clubbing, theatre, family days out, or cinema”.

List of Arts Festivals in the UK. Not all are music focused. Compiled by the British Arts Festivals Association. Some of the dates have not been updated. For current festival dates and information, click on the festival of interest and then click on their website address.

The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech work for amateur festivals everywhere. Most of their festivals are competitive and the performers receive verbal and written educational feedback from a professional adjudicator in each classification of music, dance or speech. They have almost 300 amateur festivals affiliated to the Federation and a similar number of professional adjudicators (in all classes) and accompanists, listed in their Yearbook and website. Each year their festivals attract around 1 million performers, especially involving children and young people, reaching an audience of around 5 million worldwide.

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.

The Association of Independent Festivals is a non-profit trade association created to represent UK independent music festivals. They have a good Directory of Suppliers for those thinking of putting on large scale events.

UK Festival Awards. The annual Oscars of the contemporary music festival business. Twitter: @festival_awards

European Festival Awards. Sister of the UK Festival Awards, for Europe. Many categories voted on by the public. Twitter: @festival_awards

A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.

Julie’s Bicycle is a site that is concerned with the performing arts and their impact on the environment. It has a section on music and environmental responsibility. “Our global infrastructure – including music – is reliant on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources. It is critical that we revalue, reconfigure and rebalance what we do. The music industry can make a positive difference by transforming the way it does business”. Here’s how – guides for artists, producers, festivals, record labels, orchestras etc.

5 Common Festival Performer Mistakes from Ideas Tap.

Festival elves, pixies and the odd gnome ( trolls need not apply) This friendly Facebook page with over 2,000 members is primarily about joining up people for work at festivals – carpenters, transporters, stewards, bar work, promotion writers – anything that makes an event happen. Positions can be paid or voluntary. If you are putting on an event, it’s a good site to ask questions and find resources. The site has a Files Page that has UK contacts with CVs for everything you may need to make an event/festival happen.


LymeArtsFest. Mostly visual arts but includes the B Sharp Busking Festival, open to all performing artists and musicians. September.

Lyme Regis Jazz Festival A weekend (end of May) of Jazz , Blues and real ale.

Guitars on the Beach Lyme Regis. A one off event 7 Septemebr 2013. A record attempt to have Britain’s biggest band playing one song at the same time. At least 2,000 Guitarists expected on the beach at 5 p.m. to play Buddy Holly’s ‘Rave On’. Be part of it – register to take part online, or turn up and register on the day. Free to take part. Free to see.

Glastonbury Festival. The largest performing arts festival in Europe. Very popular – you must register with them before you can get tickets. Twitter: @GlastoFest

WOMAD World of Music Arts and Dance. Music from all continents. Several festivals per year in different countries, including Charlton Park, Wiltshire UK at the end of July.

Shindig Weekender A weekend of dancing, with great DJs and live performance based on GhettoFunk. A welcoming crowd. Last weekend of May.

Beautiful DaysGood local grass-roots festival. Mid August. Escot, Devon. Beautiful Days 2012 was shortlisted in the final 10 for Best Medium-Sized Festival, Best Family Festival, Grass Roots Festival Award and Best Toilets at the 2012 UK Festival Awards. Run by The Levellers. Twitter: bdsfestival

Latitude Festival is in July, set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast. Twitter: @LatitudeFest

Edinburgh International Festival – three weeks of the best music, theatre, dance and opera the world has to offer. August. Twitter: @edintfest #edintfest

Sonisphere – Europe’s first touring rock festival. Twitter: @Sonisphere

Secret Garden PartyA four-day party like no other… late July. Twitter: @SecretGardenHQ

CreamfieldsBest dance festival 2012, UK Festival Awards. Twitter: @Creamfields

Boomtown. ‘A raucous fun-filled weekend of ska, reggae, roots and rave in ‘The Maddest City”. Early/Mid August. Twitter: @BoomTownFair

London Micro Festivals – 5 small festivals close to London recommended by the London Evening Standard.

The Great Escape. Europe’s leading festival for new music. Brighton. Mid May.

Download Festival. Rock in Donnington Park. Twitter: @DownloadFest

Big Chill Festival. More than a music festival. Eastnor Castle Deer Park. Twitter: @BigChillFest

Bestival. September at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight. Twitter: @Bestival Facebook:

Camp Bestival July at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. ‘Best Family Festival’ 2010 & 2009 (UK Festival Awards). Twitter: @CampBestival Facebook:

V Festival is an annual music festival held at two parks simultaneously which share the same line up during the penultimate weekend in August. Twitter: @vfestival

WildernessWinner of Best New Festival 2011, UK Festival Awards. Mid August. Twitter: @WildernessHQ

Y Not Festival. Winner of the Grass Roots Festival 2012, UK Festival Awards. Beginning of August. Twitter: @Y_Not_Festival

All Tomorrow’s Parties is an organisation based in London that has been promoting festivals, concerts and records throughout the world for over ten years. The festival line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists, resulting in unpredictable and exciting events which combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. Twitter: @atpfestival

Tramlines. Sheffield’s free for all music festival. Winner of Best Metropolitan Festival, UK Festival Awards 2012. Late July. Twitter: @tramlines

Manchester Jazz Fest. ‪Jazzing up Manchester’s summer since 1996. End of July. Twitter: @ManJazzFest

Wireless Festival is a phenomenal open-air live music experience in the heart of bustling London. Hyde Park, London. Twitter: @WirelessFest

Lyme Regis Jazz Festival. Traditional New Orleans style, with umbrella parade. End of May. Twitter: @lymejazzfest

Chase Park Music Festival. A Rock and Roll festival experience for people of all ages and abilities. Clients from Chase Park Neuro Centre help plan, promote and participate in the festival as part of their therapy and social programmes. Clients and staff worked along with professional bodies such UKs leading Music Development Agency Generator, the Art’s Council England and other 3rd sector partners to produce a high calibre event with a stellar line up of disabled artists and emerging north east talent. Twitter: @ChaseParkFest

Green Man Festival. August. Winner of the Best Medium Sized Festival 2010 and Winner of the Grass Roots Festival Award 2012 – UK Festival Awards. Black Mountains, Wales. Twitter: @GreenManFest

End of the Road Fest An intimate music festival at the Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset. Twitter: @EOTR

Isle of Wight Fest. June. Twitter: @IsleOfWightFest

RockNess Festival With a backdrop of Loch Ness, voted the UK’s best small festival. Inverness. Twitter: @RockNessFest

ATP Festival All Tomorrow’s Parties: Festivals/Gigs/ATP Recordings. London. Twitter: @atpfestival

Links to Classical Music

Here are some links to help you find Classical Music, see it live or play it. If you know other websites we can link to, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Classical Music Resources:

Youth Ensembles Survey Report 2014 undertaken by the Association of British Orchestras describes a total of 1240 ensembles, including 114 youth orchestras, 85 string ensembles, 57 choirs, 44 brass bands, 21 recorder groups and 18 percussion ensembles. Most of the survey focused on youth orchestras and data was gathered about the 9176 musicians who play in them, as well as information about repertoire, funding, touring, the management of youth orchestras and the challenges they face over the next 3 to 5 years. The survey report includes issues for further consideration ranging from funding and financial challenges, the involvement of young musicians in decision making, and promotion, to touring, repertoire, and the challenges of recruiting musicians of minority instruments: viola, double bass, oboe, bassoon and French horn.

Youth Ensembles in the UK with links to them.

Youth Orchestras in the UK with links to them.

Youth Orchestras around the world with links to them

European Union Youth Orchestra exists to unite Europe’s most talented young musicians under internationally renowned conductors, in an ensemble that transcends cultural, social, economic, religious and political boundaries – all in the common pursuit of musical excellence.

The National Childrens Orchestra of Great Britain is the premier symphony orchestra for children. They offer children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians. Twitter: @ncogb

Young Classical Artists Trust nurtures the careers of outstanding young UK based musicians. Twitter: @YCATrust

Orchestras Live is a national music charity that brings orchestral music to thousands of people in under-served areas across England. Twitter: @OrchestrasLive

Musical Chairs. Great resource for classical music around the world – jobs, competitions, courses, instrument sales, directory of orchestras and opera houses/youth orchestras/conservatoires/musicians and stolen instruments.

List of Professional Orchestras in the UK – nearly 70, with links to them.

List of Early Music Ensembles from around the world, with links to them.

List of British choirs with links to them. There are loads!

An online diary of classical choral concerts.

B Sharp’s Links for Singing has lots of links related to classical music.

List of Flute Choirs in the UK

Concerts in the West showcase classical music in the South West region – some concerts are in Lyme Regis. They have exclusive and generous discounts for B Sharp participants.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The BSO is one of the UK’s leading orchestras, proudly serving communities throughout the South and South West as well as performing nationally and internationally. It is one of the most dynamic and innovative symphony orchestras in the world, a tradition that dates from its foundation in 1893. They have a number of community and educational outreach programmes, including work with B Sharp – a fruitful partnership. Twitter: @BSOrchestra

BBC Proms Summer. Mostly in the Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music, with some events at the Cadogan Hall. Twitter: @bbcproms@bbcpromsguide

PhilharmoniaOne of the world’s greatest Orchestras, resident at the Royal Festival Hall in London as well as Bedford and Leicester, or on tour around the UK or the world! Twitter: @philharmonia

The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Its many activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme LSO Discovery, a record company LSO Live, a music education centre LSO St Luke’s and pioneering work in the field of digital music. Twitter: @londonsymphony

The London Symphony Chorus is one of the UK’s leading choirs, performing regularly at the Barbican and other venues. Twitter: @LSChorus

The English National Opera is based at the London Coliseum. The ENO has a world class reputation for distinctive and highly theatrical productions of opera, sung in English. Twitter: @E_N_O

City of London Sinfonia are one of the UK’s leading professional orchestras committed to delivering outstanding performances and unforgettable music experiences in London and beyond. Twitter: @CityLdnSinfonia

BBC Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra, we record for @bbcradio3, perform at The Bridgewater Hall, BBC Proms & venues worldwide. Twitter: @BBCPhilharmonic

The Opera GroupAn award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned opera company, specialising in commissioning & producing new operas. Twitter: @TheOperaGroup

Royal Philharmonic Society: creating a future for classical music since 1813. Twitter: @RoyalPhilSoc

Association of British Orchestras  enables and supports a vibrant, innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector. It exists to support and champion professional orchestras in the UK in their ambition to perform music to the highest artistic standards for the widest possible audience.

Acadamy of Ancient Music energise baroque and classical music. And to do it, they get back to the style and spirit in which this music was first performed.

NMC Recordings is a contemporary classical record label (registered charity 328052) almost exclusively devoted to releasing & promoting works by living British composers. Twitter: @nmcrecordings

Naxos Records is a leading classical music label is known for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent. Twitter: @naxosrecords

Chandos Records – Classical record label specialising in bringing neglected works to the public domain. Twitter: @ChandosRecords

Intermusica is one of the leading international agencies in the field of classical music, representing some of the foremost conductors, instrumentalists, singers and stage directors as well as composers and orchestras from around the globe. Twitter: @IntermusicaLtd

The International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA) – is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managements. It is dedicated to serving all its members’ needs including Affiliate and Group members and it strives to raise professional standards in the business of music.

UK Ensembles – an agency that hires Musicians, String Quartets, Ensembles and Orchestras for weddings and corporate events. 

Here are some links that may particularly interest you if you’re a choral singer or a classical music enthusiast, especially if you live in the U.K.

Classical Music UKLeading UK Classical Music news and jobs website. Twitter: @classicalmusuk

Brightcecelia is a classical music forum and social network for everyone interested in good music. Twitter: @brightcecilia

Muso Fresh and unstuffy coverage of classical and contemporary music. Jobs section. Twitter: @Musomag

How to earn a living as a composer – a blog with advice on various ways to make money from your compositions.

Classical Source publishes reviews of #classical concerts, #opera#ballet#musicals and #recordings, along with #interviews. Twitter: @ClassicalSource

Classical Music Tweets. Interesting facts, up and coming concerts, classical music news, recommendations, polls and reviews.

Guitar Societies in the UK  – mostly classical.

National Youth Guitar Ensemble offers the highest standard of ensemble training in the U.K for young aspiring guitarists. Membership by audition.

Piano Society a free online resource to listen to over 5,000 pieces of piano music by 268 composers. Site exists by donations.

Digitised archives of thousands of scores, parts, programmes of the New York Philharmonic. Search by composers, instruments, parts or scores.

List of Classical Music online radios stations in Europe, with links to them.

Classic FM. Popular radio station in the UK. Twitter: @classicfm

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts classical music, jazz, world music, new music, arts programmes and drama… Twitter: @bbcradio3

Modern Classical Music. A collection of TV programmes from the BBC Four archives featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers who changed the course of music forever.

Gramophone. The world’s authority on classical music since 1923. Twitter: @GramophoneMag

BBC Music Magazine for classical music. Twitter: The official random musings of the BBC Music Magazine editorial team @MusicMagazine

Biographies of Classical Composers. Hundreds of composers are listed, with a short history about each one. In alphabetical order.

Links To Youth Enterprise And Music Business

These links should help you as a promoter or artist explore and progress your understanding of running music projects and businesses. You don’t have to be a musician to be in the music business (see the different types of organisations that make up the music industry), but musicians should have a basic understanding of business principles and the music business. Not all the business links below are directly related to music but the principles are transferable.

Jim Mawdsley of Generator (the UK’s largest music development agency) said in a Youth Music blog, “The music industry has changed irrevocably over the last decade; despite what many skeptics say, digital hasn’t killed it off but it has largely forced a reinvention by introducing new creation, distribution and consumption models. That elusive first ‘deal’ no longer exists – record companies and publishers are no longer the risk aggregators they once were.  They are looking for young artists who already have cross-platform visibility, a fan-base and performance experience – those that are ‘industry-ready.’ B Sharp believes there is a real need to support young artists, promoters and music entrepreneurs in understanding the importance and techniques of using digital technology to promote their music; tell their story; build and interact with fans/music press/radio/bloggers and influencers; increase exposure through gigs/tours and festivals and turn themselves into a small business with a business plan.

Many musicians have a variety of work in music. They may teach in the day and perform in the evening. Some of these jobs may involve being self employed. This brings new responsibilities and work for you – finding customers, keeping records of income and expenses and paying tax. Independent musicians need to think of themselves as small businesses and learn some basic business skills. The links on this blog should help you with this.

Youth Enterprise And Music Business Resources:

‘Ideas into Action’. A series of notes, written by B Sharp, to help young people plan events and projects.

The BBC breaks down the Business Studies GCSE into bite size pieces.

Brief notes covering the principles of business, to A Level standard.

University guide 2013: league table for business and management studies. Covers business studies, management studies, finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management and business and administrative studies. The links to the Universities in the league table give a summary about fees, accommodation, bursaries and the University’s history.

Open University free business resources Numerous topics on business management, project planning, managing people etc.

How to Plan a Creative Business is a useful blog for beginners, by Ideas Tap.

Everything You Need To Know About Band Management Part 4: Revenue Part of an insightful series of articles explaining the music industry and how to survive in the digital age. Worth a read. It has numerous useful links to more information such as tools for working out how you can create a music business using the Business Model Canvas and lists 42 different ways to make money from music.

Bemuso gives detailed advice to the self-employed independent musician. A brilliant resource.

Songhack helps artists “hack the music industry”. It’s a consumer guide to over 100 digital products and services targeted at musicians. Songhack features news, resources and coaching content to help musicians make money.

Berklee Music College have various free video lessons on music business, promotion and careers.

The Unsigned Guide An online music industry directory with more than 8,800 UK music business contacts spanning 50 areas of the industry. A subscription website with some free documents. Worth checking out.

Artists House Music educates the musician and entrepreneur to build sustainable music careers. It is an online, non-profit musicians’ Website where all musicians can receive informational support, guidance, and expert resources to help them navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available to them within the music industry. Twitter: @artistshouse

Youth Enterprise’s mission statement is “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.” Its guiding principle is to do this through “learning by doing”.

Young-Enterprise. Business and enterprise education charity made up of 12 regional organisations and operating through support from the business community and Government.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.

The Young Enterprise QuickStart™ Music Programme will offer groups of up to 35 students aged 13 to 15 the experience of setting up and running their own real mini music enterprise in school. Working in company teams students take on the full spectrum of music industry functions and roles to put on a music event or produce and sell a music product.

The Academy of Contemporary Music delivers programmes for serious students looking to become music industry professionals. Our faculty includes lecturers that have performed and recorded alongside some of the biggest names in music and worked in every area of the industry.

Business and Finance Resources – grants, funding and business advice. Links compiled by the Vocalist.

Start Up Support and Funding – 10 resources for new businesses – funding, mentoring and advice, picked out by Ideas Tap.

Joining The Dots is a new initiative by The::Hub to provide artists, promoters and others working in independent music in England with ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £10,000 to test alternative models they think could help make live music more financially viable. The project focuses on 3 specific aspects of live music:

  • Financing touring, commissioning and presenting live music
  • Using digital technology to increase live attendance and income
  • Developing young adult audiences for specialist independent music (eg. jazz, folk and electronica)

Guidance on contracts by the Incorporated Society of Musicians. What are they, why have one, what should be in it? See also the lowdown on freelance and employment contracts – a blog by Ideastap.

Business Link Information for new businesses and start-up companies.

The Creative Capital Fund Seed investment and business support.

Creative Industry Finance Arts Council England initiative offering busines development support and access to finance for creative industry enterprises in England (London, Yorkshire and Humber).

Creative Industry Finance useful links Useful links to other sources of support for creative businesses.

Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) Support agency for the grassroots creative and cultural industries in London.

MeWe360 Funding, mentoring and development for creative businesses.

AIM Startup Loans Delivering loans, mentoring and support for entrepeneurs and startup businesses.

Creative Industry Finance  Delivering loans, mentoring and support for entrepeneurs and startup businesses. Relaunching later in 2014.

Ecomodo is an award winning website that simply enables people to confidently lend and borrow their goods, skills and spaces with others locally. Instead of wasting money purchasing items, Ecomodo can help you to source the things you need directly from your local community at a low or no cost.

Musicians Against Playing for Free is a Facebook page with lots of examples of promoters trying to get professional musicians to play at their events for free with the lure that the performers will get future offers of paid work – getting your name about etc. Strong arguments supporting resistance against this. Why is the musician expected to be the first to not get paid at an event? A great email by Whitey to a London TV company wanting free music sums it up. Related is an article ‘If Other Professions Were Paid Like Artists‘.

How much should I charge? Musicians can offer a number of services – performance, teaching, composing and commissions etc. The ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) have surveyed members to see the range of fees people charge to help you be competitive, realistic and sustainable.

Event/festival support: Festival elves, pixies and the odd gnome ( trolls need not apply) This friendly Facebook page with over 2,000 members is primarily about joining up people for work at festivals – carpenters, transporters, stewards, bar work, promotion writers – anything that makes an event happen. Positions can be paid or voluntary. If you are putting on an event, it’s a good site to ask questions and find resources. The site has a Files Page that has UK contacts with CVs for everything you may need to make an event/festival happen.

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 professional contacts to choose from e.g. backline rental in Berlin through to a New York recording studio. Scroll down the categories on the left of the listings page. See the bottom of the page for common search listings – everything from tour buses, catering, legal services, stage crew and much more. A bit of a resource gem!

Here is a good Festival Directory of Suppliers for those thinking of putting on large scale events, compiled by the Association of Independent Festivals – a non-profit trade association created to represent UK independent music festivals. 11 pages in alphabetical order.

The Business and Artist Development Centre (BDC) bridges the gap between education and the music industry.

The Lowde Music Trust is dedicated to supporting, motivating and funding young creative and entrepreneurial talent in the music and creative performance industries.

The Lowde Music Enterprise Awards. In the current economic climate it is becoming increasingly difficult for young creative entrepreneurs to secure investment. Such investment is key to the future development of the music industry, in terms of music creation, recording and performance. The Trust has established a series of Awards targeted at supporting young adults who are interested in setting up business in the music industry.

AIM loans: a new Government-backed scheme offering access to finance for independent music companies and entrepreneurs. The AIM Start Up Loans initiative will see the trade body be responsible for assessing applications and approving personal loans ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000 for business purposes. The loans can be paid back in 1-5 years, with interest fixed at 6%. The average loan amount is £5,700.

Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) use social enterprise to create new opportunities for young people and adults, making real change happen.

Social Enterprise Qualification and ideas relating to the qualification and framework RIO have established, to allow young people to establish real socially enterprising activity.

Live UnLtd is another support organisation for young social entrepreneurs. It backs people aged 11-21 who want to change their world for the better. Live UnLtd do this by providing cash Awards and support to launch projects. If you can see a challenge that you want to take on and turn into a project then Live UnLtd can help you make it happen. They have an interesting document 2020 Vision for Social Entrepreneurship.

Sound Rights is a free online learning resource produced by UK Music, written by professionals in the music industry and music education expert Leonora Davies to answer the national curriculum’s new requirement regarding the music industry and copyright.

Watch the video here (under 5 minutes) at the bottom of the link (in task 3), of Harvey Goldsmith, one of the UK’s iconic event promoters, giving great advice on the most important parts of event promotion. Excellent music business advice!

Tips on Sharing Your Success – a Youth Music blog with a download of 20 questions to ask yourself about what you are doing, and tips on how to present what you say so that you can share your successes and tell your story well. The blog is aimed at professionals sharing best practice but is transferable to building any business brand.

Creative Dorset is an independent not for profit company which is set up to develop and promote the creative sector in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. It has the support of the local authorities in the area and board members are drawn from these authorities and from creative businesses in Dorset. Their website aims to provide you with useful links, news and business funding sources as well as the opportunity to sign up to the creative industries business directory. Has a useful links page especially the gateway section at the bottom of the page.

Dorset Community Action support the development of the voluntary sector through information, networking, representation, building capacity, and filling gaps as well as supporting and enabling initiatives in rural communities. They can give advice on business planning for social enterprises and other third sector organisations.

Start Ups community group Blogs and advice for new businesses, on Linkedin

Tips on business plans and marketing strategies.

Project management, tools, process, plans and project planning tips.

Mind Tools is a good site for tips on business management. The full Mind Tools toolkit contains more than 700 management, career and thinking skills. Use the buttons to start exploring them. An example article is Team Management Skills

Open Colleges management courses. One of Australia’s leading on-line colleges, with courses on business management.

Linkedin is a network for professionals to interact, get advice and support and make connections and endorsements. Useful for musicians and the music industry.

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides one-to-one mentoring support for small businesses across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth. If you are a business that needs support they can help you connect with a mentor.

Transmit Start-Ups specialises in business support within the creative industries (e.g. design, music, film, TV, radio, software, games, publishing, arts and crafts).

Brightside is a business mentoring charity.

Instutute of Enterprise and Entrepeneurs The IOEE is the UK’s first institute dedicated to ‘learning by doing’ for anyone thinking about, starting or running their own business and those who support them. The IOEE provides an online, member-to-member mentor introduction service, mentor directory and mentee bulletin.

Get Started – Start up loans, support and learning for young entrepreneurs.

Self employed e-course for HM Revenue & Customs, about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.  The course is aimed at musicians.

Tax allowable expenses for musicians A guide by ISM on the most common things you can claim as expenses as a self employed musician to reduce your tax bill e.g. equipment and repairs, travel, working from home, insurance, administration etc.

Debt problems. If you find it difficult to manage your money, you may go into debt. This can be stressful and affect your mental health. StepChange is a debt charity to help you manage debt issues and negotiate solutions. They have a free phone number from landlines and mobiles: 0800 138 1111.

GRANTnet helps small businesses, charitable and community groups find suitable funding. It has more than 5,000 funding schemes that are available in the UK from European and national sources.

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. It lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy. Run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

International Business Seed Accelerators Over 170 links to business investors/accelerators around the world. Q: What is an accelerator? A: A program that works with entrepreneurs to take their products to market – fast and furious. Some are for-profit, others not-for profit. Some provide equity investment, some provide onsite team building. All provide mentoring and most connect entrepreneurs to exceptional networks – market and medium related. Thanks to Alice Loy, PhD on LinkedIn for this list.

How to Crowdfund, where creative people sell perks and rewards to fans in order to fund their project. Advice with further links:

  • 7 Crowdfunding Tips Proven to Raise Funding – definitely worth reading. The scale of investment they use as examples may be larger than you want, but the principle of paying attention to the incentive and what the donor gets out of funding you is universal.
  • Crowdfunding Tips
  • Pitfalls of Crowdfunding
  • We Did This – a crowdfunding broker for the arts – part of
  • Crowdfunding Guide – a list of more crowdfunding organisations.
  • Songhack recommends 11 Crowdfunding organisations.
  • Songbacker – for music video production. USA based.
  • Crowdfunding ‘Term Sheets’ resources. Investment terms, company valuation, and the longer-term implications of investment terms are not “one size fits all.” In fact, these are some of the biggest areas of confusion for early stage founders. To help with that, here are. some great free term sheet resources available to startup and small business owners looking for guidance and sample term sheet agreements.
  • Pitching for Investment. Tips by Crowdfunder on key elements of a pitch to potential investors. What should you talk about? A good download document.

How to set up a Paypal business account to support your business/crowdfunding project.

How to design a good buiness card – a blog by Ideastap.

Music facts and statistics for the UK Interesting data about music in the UK, covering UK market size and value, digital music, live music, export performance, research and publications. Compiled by The Creative Industries.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Links to What’s On? Music Listings

These links will help you find live music to see and hear, or find venues that may book you to perform as an artist. Some venues may have age restrictions. Venues usually have e-newsletters about what’s coming soon. Join mailing lists of local venues and those that you like further away. Also see Festivals.

Buying Concert Tickets:

Don’t get caught out by ticket cons and fraud. Advice about buying concert tickets can be found here on the Concert Promoters Association website.

What’s On? Music Listings:

Ents24 – “dedicated to bringing you the easiest way to find events and buy tickets no matter where you live or what you’re into. Live music, stand-up comedy, festivals, clubbing, theatre, family days out, or cinema”.

Songlines gig guide where you can search and purchase tickets for concerts, tours and festivals in the UK and Ireland. Roots, World and folk music specialists.

Skiddle guide to events around the UK. “Our huge What’s On Guide covers clubbing, live music and gigs, comedy, dating, theatre. Plus, we sell the cheapest available tickets for many events!”

Britevents is a diverse cultural event guide.

Dorset Gig Guide The Dorset Music Guide aims to be the definitive destination for Music related News, Reviews and Events Information for the wonderful county from which it takes it’s name. Twitter: @DorMusicGuide

Lemon Rock. A site that automatically finds your location (it asks for your permission) and then gives a local gig guide.

Dolphin Music – Gig listings for Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.

South West Music Services This is your portal to concerts, gigs and other music related events in the South West of England. If you would like a reciprocal link please get in touch. Bands, Jazz, classical and more.

Bridgewater Music Scene is an open Facebook Group for people that are involved in the Bridgwater’s live music scene.

Yeovil Music/Gigs An open Facebook Group – All the info you need on the hottest gigs in Yeovil. You can be a promoter, A Band member or a punter

Yeovil Music Scene An open Facebook Group – Builing a scene for everyone.

Student Traffic Home of the UKs biggest student parties! Twitter: @StudentTraffic

Gig Guide provide information on Gigs, Live Music Venues, Wedding and Function Bands, Music Festivals and a host of other music related businesses in the UK.

GigaTools – search tool choise for/by artists, venues, cities and countries.

Vocalist Gig Guide For Amateur to Professional Solo & Duo Singers, Vocalists, Musicians, Songwriters, Venues, Pubs, Clubs, Covers & Original Acts.

Music Glue has event listings and offers services to support gigging artists.

Bandsintown Facebook ap that tells you when bands you like on Facebook have up and coming gigs. Good to register as an artist.

NME Music magazine. News, tickets (thousands of artists), videos, blogs, new music, reviews.

Concerts in the West showcase classical music in the South West region – some concerts are in Lyme Regis. They have exclusive and generous discounts for B Sharp participants.

Where to find live folk music, by region in the UK.

Folk music in the South West.

Nags Head pub in Lyme Regis. Local pub with regular live music. Free entry.

The local Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis has a diverse live music programme.

Time Out London. Comprehensive listings of what’s on in London. Twitter: @TimeOutLondon

Worldwide guide to what’s happening  “in the most exciting cities on the planet”.

Gigs and ToursTour Announcements, Music News, Priority Booking! Subscribe for free to receive weekly email announcements. Twitter: @gigsandtours

Crowdsurge. Ticket company. Event listings.

Ticketmaster. Ticket company. Event listings.

Local newspapers usually have an entertainment section with coverage of what’s on. e.g. around Lyme Regis there are:

View from Lyme Regis A free weekly newspaper with sister editions covering towns in Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News A weekly newspaper covering the Lyme Regis and Bridport area.

Yellow pages for nightclubs in the UK, listed by town/city, with links to the clubs websites to see what’s on.

Venues in the UK listed by region, compiled by Showcase – the international music industry directory.

If you know of other links to help find music events, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey

B Sharp has created a number of blogs that aim to help young people (and others) progress their musical journey beyond the activities we offer.

The blogs give links to websites that may be useful to them. Safety on the internet is particularly important for children and young people, and we have posted safety guidelines here.  B Sharp has come across these sites while looking for potentially useful information and has posted them here in good faith.

The links have been grouped into topics, and can be found by clicking on the topic titles below.

Links for Singing

Links To Buying Musical Instruments and Equipment

Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians and Music Entrepreneurs

Links to Music Training and Colleges

Links to Music Jobs and Volunteering

Links to Early Years Music Resources

Links to Music Resources and Support

Links to Music and Health

Links To Youth Enterprise And Music Business

Resource Links for Event Promotion

Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard

Links to Music Blogs/News/Discussion/Interaction

Links to Finding/Discovering Music

Links to What’s On? Music Listings

Links to Music Festivals

Links To Classical Music

Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

Links to Music Industry Organisations

We hope these posts will be useful and enjoyable to explore. We look forward to your feedback and receiving additional information that we can pass on.

B Sharp has also posted notes on event and project planning. They are aimed at young people who want to make thing happen, and to encourage innovation and enterprise in music. The notes are under different topics such as aims & objectives, budgets, marketing, etc. They can be found in Ideas Into Action.

This B Sharp resource website has been developed as part of our current project, The Big Mix, funded by Youth Music, West Dorset District Council and Lyme Regis Town Council. We are very grateful to have their support.