What Does a Leader Look Like?

‘What Does A Leader Look Like?’ was the theme at a conference for South West arts organisations in February 2014.  Farooq Chaudhry, who became the Producer for English National Ballet in October 2013 gave a great talk about his experience and thoughts on this, alongside Sue Hoyle OBE, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme and Claire Hodgson, theatre/dance director and conference organiser. Lots of input and discussion came from around 100 cultural leaders involved in dance, theatre, music, circus, film, museums, libraries, freelance producers, Arts Council England and local authorities.

We talked about ‘cultural leaders’ and how to bring the next generation on. I thought I’d write a blog to give a flavour of the day for our Young Music Leaders and others involved in pushing creative ideas forward (e.g. on the Youth Music Network site). Through the day, words kept coming up that help define the qualities of a good leader. These are some of them:

Personal characteristics:

Attitude – Leadership is about attitude and approach, not qualifications and training.

Vision – filter all your dreams down to one or two that you and your team really love.

Excellence: Strive for the best.

Confidence. Have confidence in yourself and build it in others. Lack of confidence is the biggest barrier to action.

Trust your team – why are they with you if you don’t trust them?

Risk taking without gambling recklessly, experiment, try, believe in success.

Rebelliousness – don’t accept convention is best. Challenge the norm, push boundaries.

Make a difference. Stand up and be counted.

Empathy towards people.

Listening – your way may not be the best.

Respect for others and differing views.

Enthusiasm – communicate your belief in your vision.

Commitment and determination to see something through.

Perseverance to overcome problems.

Stamina – in it for the long haul.

Calm – panic can lead to bad decisions and wobble team confidence.

Honesty – openness identifies challenges that can be resolved.

Integrity – to your values and those of your team.

Patience – problems always arise and may delay progress. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Judgement – when exploring something new, you may not know the answer and there may be no right or wrong way; use your experience and knowledge to guide you.

Responsibility – own up to things that go wrong.

Leave ego behind. Its not about you, its about an idea.

Project delivery:

Teamwork – build a team that shares your vision, working for an idea, not you.

Diversity in your team – gives new ideas, ways of working, culture and approach.

Reducing barriers to become involved could involve approaches to work such as employing someone to achieve a task where payment is not based on the hours they work but on the value they bring to the project. This gives team members the flexibility to do the job in the time of their own choosing, not restricted to regular office hours. As long as they deliver the work by the deadline you have, they can work around commitments in their personal life such as childcare and looking after family elders.

Collaboration – other individuals and organisations can help you and add excellence. You don’t have to be alone.

Decide – the team can advise, but you should be decisive when needed.

Priority/select – lots of options may be open to you. Diluting your efforts could lead to loss of excellence. Stay focused.

Then there are all the normal processes of project management that are embedded in Youth Music’s and other good project work:

Research; plan; action; monitor; evaluate; share; adapt; repeat on a loop.

You know the score – it’s all in ‘Ideas Into Action’.

Can you add other leadership qualities?

Resource Links for Event Promotion

The following links and advice will help you promote an event you are organising. Publicity for a ‘one off’ gig uses different strategies to the long-term promotion of your music as an artist.

Advice about a long-term publicity campaign to promote your music and yourself as an artist can be found on B Sharp’s Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard

EVENT PROMOTION ADVICE

B Sharp has written a publicity guide for promoting gigs, as part of its free online short course on event/project planning. It covers strategies to co-ordinate a multi-media campaign using press, social media, posters and how to create content that will connect with your audience etc. The guide will help you use the links below to tell your story.

Promote a Gig advice by , About.com Guide.

Watch the 2nd video (under 5 minutes) at the bottom of the page in this link, 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! It’s not all about publicity, it’s about problem solving and communication between a team to create the best possible experience for the audience and performers.

JamMob has useful blogs about music marketing. It has various categories such as concert promotion, social media, radio, mobile marketing, publishing and more.

The Youth Media Agency is the National home for UK Youth Media: raising the profile of, and supporting over 300 exciting media platforms. They deliver campaign and media training, working with 16-25 year olds.

PRESS RELEASES

Sending in a story of around 300 words to your local press will often get you free editorial coverage. Many more people read their local newspaper than national ones, so it is a good way to reach a potential audience who are near your gig venue. The first paragraph should use the 5 Ws rule – who, what, when, why, where. More advice about when and what to put in a press release can be found in B Sharp’s publicity guide. In addition, good advice about writing press releases has been written by Ideas Tap  and can be seen here: How to write a press release. They have also blogged Five common press release mistakes.

A really good contemporary piece of advice about press releases has been written by . It makes full use of links to social media, images and story telling. She says, “The content and structure of press releases have a far greater influence on the visibility of the message, and as competition for attention increases, the formula for a successful press release is changing. Here are some ways to freshen the news releases your organization publishes, and get more results for your campaigns.”

WEBSITE

Having a website as a promoter, or an organisation running events is an important way to keep people aware what you are doing. Your website is the place where you can tell your story in its fullest form, using text, video, audio, photos and has the ability to be designed and navigated to attract and lead viewers to what you want to say. It is important to keep it up to date. All other campaign tools can direct people to your website so you can tell your story in full. You can create QR codes for print material so that smart phones can be directed to your website on the spot, from wherever they see your poster, newspaper advert etc.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Great advice on how to use social media to promote events/organisations/projects by SoundDelivery. It explains the pros and cons of various social media sites, etiquette, and how to tell your story and interact with your audience. Some sites help you track how effective your posts are so that you can evaluate what works and prioritise your tools and time.

Facebook. Social media site to share information with friends/fans. It is an important tool to let potential customers know about what you are doing. You can create an event page and invite friends who can then invite their friends. It can be interactive and updated as news develops about your event. Facebook tools:

Twitter. Social media site for short blogs of up to 140 characters. Useful to link your more detailed story on another site.  For concise advice, see this infographic on how to create the perfect Tweet.

YouTube. Video sharing. The second biggest search engine (after Google), so a very important tool to tell your story. If you are promoting a small event, you may not have the resources or time to make a promotional video. However, one or more of your artists may have uploaded a video of their work and you can link your publicity to this. Videos are easier and more accessible for viewers than text. To make a video, see

Vimeo Same principle as YouTube. Video sharing – Upload, share, connect on your TV and phone, sell your work, promote your event.

Soundcloud. Link your event campaign to any uploads by your performers on Soundcloud. It is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. SoundCloud enables anyone to upload, record, promote and share their originally created sounds across the internet, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. As an artist, it’s a good way to get feedback on music you are producing/remixing. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Mixcloud‘s mission is to deliver great radio, for everyone. They describe themselves as “Re-thinking radio, joining the dots between traditional shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. Still curious? Check our FAQTeam page. Upload your own music, interview your band etc to make a small radio show.” You could make a short audio piece about you event and direct people to it e.g. through Facebook and Twitter.

Audioboo allows people to record and upload audio that can then be shared via other social networks. Audio can be recorded and uploaded straight from your phone or computer, allowing you to become a “social reporter” at events – where a group of people interactively and jointly contribute to some form of reporting, in text, photos, images or video. You could make a short audio piece about you event and direct people to it through Facebook and Twitter. An example of Audioboo at work is Zoe Ivory from the Big Lottery talking about the importance of blogging. Twitter: @theboobot

Blogging – opinion pieces, behind the scenes, what’s happening. They give more information than Facebook or Twitter. You could blog about the artists in your event, why you are putting the gig on, funny things that have happened when organising it etc. Lots of tips about blogging can be found on these links: basic blogging and blogging resources.  How to become an online ‘influencer’ Blog with 10 tips on how to become an influencer, as a ‘taste maker’ and opinion former.

Linkedin is a network for professionals to interact, get advice and support and make connections and endorsements. Useful for promoters, musicians and the music industry. Check out the range of groups with mutual interests e.g. Event Peeps: For Live Event Industry Professionals. The groups have lots of discussions and you can ask questions and receive advice from experienced peers.

MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. There is MailChimp for Music.

Storify users curate what people post on social media and turn them into stories. Create your own stories about what you do, your music etc.
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Addthis. Merge tag tools for sharing – allows readers to share your music/story/campaign with their friends by connecting your posts to other sites. Add ‘follow’ and ‘share’ buttons to your social media sites.
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Hootsuite is a tool that allows you to manage all of your social media accounts in one place. Control all of your accounts on the move with the mobile version. You can set up times for posts to be released, so that a social media campaign can be coordinated to ‘amplify’ your story at times most likely to be read. Twitter: @hootsuite or @HootSuite_Help

GigaTools manages your gig promotion publicity across several social media sites. Designed for artists, DJs, bands, labels and agents to manage, promote and share their upcoming gigs online. A little like Hootsuite.

ReverbNation – Similar to Hootsuite but designed just for music. It can update all of your online profiles with new information from one central location and track stats from all of your social media sites. Reverb Nation also gives you multiple ways to sell your music, from linking to your offsite shop on your Reverb Nation profile with a free membership to having your music on iTunes and Amazon in exchange for a nominal membership fee.

Digital toolkit – websites for modern musicians seeking to promote and distribute their music, or for music entrepreneurs looking to develop their businesses.

GIG LISTINGS

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

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. Register your gig.

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. Register your gig.

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

Vocalist Gig Guide Add Your Gigs FREE to our online Gig Guide.  Amateur to Professional Solo & Duo Singers, Vocalists, Musicians, Songwriters, Venues, Pubs, Clubs, Covers & Original Acts.

PUTTING YOUR SHOW ON THE ROAD

You may want technical expertise or other resources for your event, whether it’s at home or you are taking a show on tour. To find what you need, you could use Showcase, the International music directory. Find contact details for a vast range of specialist suppliers to the music industry – concert services, venues, equipment, recording studios, music business services, media, musical equipment and musical equipment hire.

Lucky Dip Music Resource Links

The following are some fun, quirky, absorbing or useful music resources. Click on one at random and see where it takes you…..

Music Jokes! Just for fun.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more. A fantastic resource for all piano enthusiasts!

BandName Worldwide search and registration of band names. Why Register? Establishing prior usage is a key component in protecting your name and avoiding unwelcome legal challenges. The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to ‘name’ usage.

BBC Music – Music across the BBC.

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

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines from Wikipedia, Click on them for Wikipedia’s page about them – their background and what they cover. Links to their websites are at the bottom of their Wikipedia page under External Links.

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

Electronic music blogs like Generation BassTropical BassSoundNomadenRadio CanalhOrganikFunk and Eclectikstudio. On Facebook e.g. sublvl

Get Safe Online covers everything you can think of about internet safety, from shopping to chatting, banking, smartphones and tablets etc.

Glossary of terms used about copyright, copying and distribution of music on computers.

How to tour in a band Humourous take on touring and how to get along. Warning – lots of bad language.

International Association of Music Libraries  exists to represent and promote the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers. They have an excellent resource page with links to loads of interesting information about music.

Looking After Your Hearing – advice by Action on Hearing Loss

LP Cover Lover Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs. Lots of quirky categories.

Monkeyboxing is the “number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place”. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites. Facebook chatter.

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.

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

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 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!

Social Media Handbook An excellent guide written by SoundDelivery, on using Social Media to tell your story and interact with your audience.

SoundCloud shares people’s original sounds and remixes. A strong interactive music community. If you like an artist, check out who they follow to find new related music. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Student Guide to Music Education is a free download by Rhinegold Publishing (Music, the Arts & Education specialist) giving a complete guide to music higher education.

  • Universities & Conservatoires, UK & International
  • Advice to help you choose the right place to study

Plus full listings of professional development courses.

 

The Knowledge is a leading UK-based online directory service for the video and broadcast production industry, enabling users to find film and TV contacts as well as a wide variety of production information. It helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It’s frequently updated, free to use and you don’t need to register. (You can register to get lots of free extras.) The Post Production and Sound section is particularly relevant to music.

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

WFMU – FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station and is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. Worth checking out. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.

Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music. They raise awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development. They have links to other organisations that are useful for female musicians.

Links to Music Industry Organisations

Here are some links to organisations that support musicians and the wider music industry. As well as helping you as a musician, they could give you ideas for jobs – you don’t have to play music to be in the music industry! A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey. More specialist organisations are listed in B Sharp Resources related to

Does organisational membership matter? An examination of the relationship between being a member of an organisation and income. A presentation at Music: Parts and labor conference at New York University, April 2012.

Organisations for Musicians and Music Industry

Action on Hearing Loss The largest charity in the UK working with hearing loss and hearing health. Twitter: @ActionOnHearing

Agents Association (GB) Member Agents represent all kinds of performers, celebrities and musicians within all areas of the Light Entertainment Industry. If you are an artist or performer seeking an agent then this site gives you access to our full list of members, all of whom follow our strict code of conduct.

Arts Council England (ACE) works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. Twitter: @ ace_national

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more.

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.

Association of Independent Music (AIM) is a non-profit-making trade organisation for independent music organisations in the UK. It looks after over 800 of the UK’s independent record labels. Twitter: @AIM_UK

Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) promotes the highest standards of professionalism and quality within the audio industry. Its members are recording studios, post-production houses, mastering, replication, pressing and duplicating facilities, and providers of education and training, as well as record producers, audio engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. Its primary aim is to develop and maintain excellence at all levels within the UK’s audio industry.

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK. Other resources online. Twitter: @attitudetweets

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is a membership organisation for writers run by its Members, for its Members. It

  • Protects and promotes the rights of authors writing in all disciplines
  • Ensures authors receive fair payment for the various uses of their work

BandName Worldwide search and registration of band names. Why Register? Establishing prior usage is a key component in protecting your name and avoiding unwelcome legal challenges. The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to ‘name’ usage. Email: information@bandname.com

BASCA – British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing.

BBC Music – Music across the BBC.

BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas.

British Library Sound Archive holds many sound and video recordings, with over a million discs and thousands of tapes. Its collections come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history and wildlife sounds. Formats range from cylinders made in the late 19th century to the latest digital media.
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British Music Hall Society – All things Music Hall. A good links page for Music Hall Resources.
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The BPI – British Phonographic Industry – is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. The BPI is a trade organisation funded by their members. The BPI’s members include the UK’s four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. It organises the annual Brit Awards.
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Concert Promoters Association works to promote the interests of its members and to represent them at a national level, both to the public and other organisations. It has a code of conduct that is worth following even if you are not a member e.g. you may be putting on a gig as a band/musician or organising a charity fundraising concert. If you are starting out as a promoter, it may be worth reading B Sharp’s Ideas into Action event planning advice.

Contemporary Music (Making) For All (CoMA) is at the heart of new music in the UK, providing opportunities for amateur musicians to take an active part in the performance of works by some of the brightest new composers alongside that of established figures. CoMA has a non-auditioning, grass-roots approach, running amateur contemporary music ensembles, workshops and events throughout the UK.
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Design and Artists Copyright Society is by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual arts rights management organisation. Relevant for artists producing work for album/CD covers etc.

Disability Arts Online is a journal for disabled bloggers, creatives and performers to share work and experience. Twitter: @disabilityarts

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 helped B Sharp with advice on organisational structure – we are now a charity limited by guarantee.

Dorset Loves Arts is a collaboration of key arts providers across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. Over 50 organisations (including B Sharp) work on

  • Access and participation
  • Arts and Environment
  • Children & Young people
  • Economy
  • Health and well-being
  • Stronger organisations

List of Electronic Music Record Labels.

The Entertainment Retailers Association is a UK trade organisation formed specifically to act as a forum for the physical and digital retail and wholesale sectors of the music, video and video games industries.

Featured Artists Coalition campaigns for the protection of UK performers’ and musicians’ rights. They want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft is the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of it’s members’ intellectual property.

Fed Music Services. FMS represents 99% of all Music Service organisations. Members employ 12,000 music teachers, tutors & assistants working in most schools in Local Authorities. Twitter: @Fed_Music

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.

Guild of International Songwriters & Composers services are free to all members and include the songwriters copyright and intellectual property registration service, the songwriters songwriting song assessment service, the songwriters songwriting collaboration service, the songwriters songwriting advice, consultancy, information and music industry contact service, the songwriters legal contact service, the songwriters songwriting investigation service, Songwriting & Composing Magazine and Songsearch for songwriting and songwriters.
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Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are the UK’s professional body for musicians, championing the importance of music and protecting the rights of music professionals. A resource to find musicians (or promote yourself by getting on the database), advice on contracts, training and events. Twitter: @ISM_music
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Independent Publishers Guild The IPG helps publishers to do better business and become part of a real community — somewhere they can find advice, benefits and information.
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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.
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International Association of Music Libraries  exists to represent and promote the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers. They have an excellent resource page with links to loads of interesting information about music.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry represents the recording industry worldwide. Its mission is to

  • Promote the value of recorded music
  • Safeguard the rights of record producers
  • Expand the commercial uses of recorded music

International Music Council, founded by UNESCO in 1949, is the world’s largest network of organizations and  institutions working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all peoples. Through its members and their networks, IMC has direct access to over 1000 organisations in some 150 countries and to 200 million persons eager to develop and share knowledge and experience on diverse aspects of musical life.

International Music Organisations A list of around 20 organisations that have members or musical activities in a minimum of ten countries. Sourced by the International Music Council.

International Songwriters Association Lots of advice about publishing, contracts, protecting your rights, marketing and more. E.g. The Basics, an impressive list of songwriting links.

Jazz Services A charity for all things Jazz. On this website you’ll find information on the various services they offer to industry professionals and the general public, a Directory of useful contacts from across the jazz sector, advice and resources for jazz education, career development and international work, a section on British jazz history, links and much more.

Making Music UK. Twitter: Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, with over 3000 member groups. Has a map and links to groups in the UK and by region. Resource to find a teacher, events, advice and much more. Twitter: @MakingMusic_UK

MIA (Music Industries Association) The trade association for the UK musical instrument industry. All MIA shops subscribe to a code of conduct and standards. Search for your nearest MIA shop and for music teachers on the MIA website.

The MMF works to educate, inform and represent UK managers (and their artists) as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information. The MMF is the largest representative body of Artist Management in the world. They have over 400 members in the UK, ‘representing over 1,000 of the most successful acts on the planet’. Their emphasis is on implementing positive actions to assist members with a keen eye on the ‘next generation’ of entrepreneurs and innovators.

MOBO Music Of Black Origin. Founded in 1996, the MOBO Organisation was established by Kanya King MBE to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists who perform music in genres ranging from Gospel, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Reggae to Hip Hop. Over the past 17 years MOBO has played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.

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.

Musicians Union. A globally respected organisation of over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

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

Musicpages is a unique one stop shop directory for all your musical needs. Whether you are looking to buy an instrument or music accessories, hire a teacher, source manufacturers and repairers, compare courses and educational institutions, find an agent or hire an ensemble/performer; musicpages will help you find the answer quicker and easier than any other online or print source.

Music Producers GuildAn independent, democratic organisation encouraging the highest standards of music production, & actively engaging with the industry on current important issues. Twitter: @ukMPG

The Music Publishers Association is the UK’s trade body for Music Publishers, find out how to publish music and find UK music publishers. Industry links, careers and training.

MusicTank is a neutral information hub and business development network for the UK music industry – an independent body set up to engage with innovation and change across the music business through informed debate, objective analysis and industry engagement. It is one of University of Westminster’s sector-based Knowledge and Business Development Networks. a unique, for UK music business…addressing change and innovation.
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National Council for Voluntary Organisations supports charities and community groups with information, blogs and has a good funding newsletter notifying you of grant opportunities for your organisation if you are in the third sector. Funded by the Cabinet Office through their portfolio covering Community and Society.

National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) support the education and information needs of individuals and organisations with high quality services and products that contribute to the success of amateur theatre, as well as encouraging appreciation of the sector by participants and audiences alike.

PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. The association, which operates from offices in Europe and North America, acts as the worldwide voice for the industry, providing a wide range of business resources, technical support and commercial benefits to its members.

PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and rights holder members.

Production Services Association is the trade association for companies and individuals involved in the live event production industry. PSA aims to represent, improve, educate and develop the business of technical production for live events. This is achieved by pooling the knowledge of the entire industry to create a single voice for the industry and a central resource for its members.

PRS for Music. Twitter: Home to the world’s best music writers, composers and publishers. @PRSforMusic

Serious. Twitter: We’re one of the UK’s leading producers of live music, producing a vast range of concerts, tours and festivals, including the London Jazz Festival. @Seriouslive

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 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!

Society for Producers and Composers of Applied Music was formed in 1982 as an industry forum for practitioners of advertising music. They have a useful related links page. Membership benefits include:

  • Guidelines for commissioning fees and usages
  • Contracts for composers, performers and arrangers
  • Market rates for musicians, singers and voice-over artists
  • Large network of experienced music producers
  • Large database of professional services
  • Online industry discussion forum
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • Social events

Sound and Music is a UK organisation that explores sound art, new and exciting ways of making music and the simple joys of listening. Twitter: @soundandmusic

Sound Sense are the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians and organisations. They give advice, information, help people make contacts and support professional development.

The UK copyright service. Explanation of intellectual property rights and advice.

List of UK Independent Record labels UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry – from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers and music licensing organisations. The site has a good map of music festivals in the UK. Twitter: @UK_Music

WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) is a global forum for the professional independent music industry. Examples of it’s work is the co-ordination of Fair Digital Deals Pledge – over 700 indie labels have teamed up for an initiative to ensure fair and transparent accounting of digital revenues to artists.

Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music. They raise awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development. They have links to other organisations that are useful for female musicians.

Additional link lists from other organisations:

Useful links compiled by PRS: On this page, you can find links to other sources of funding, development and support under the following categories:

Lists of music organistions from around the world compiled by The Record Industry.com.

Lots of other resources on site for musicians to publicise their music.

List of Music Industry Organisations compiled by The Vocalist for singers, but good for everyone involved in music.

Lists compiled by Bemuso with links to music organisations in the UK. Bemuso has great insight and information “Debunking music biz middlemen, info about the industry and web for indie musicians”.

Links to the music industry compiled by BPI Music Education. An impressive list of songwriting links have been compiled by the  International Songwriters Association. Click on the categories to find relevant websites.

Useful links to the music industry compiled by the Association of Independent Music.

Links to music organisations compiled by Musical Instrument Association who serves  and represents the interests of all UK businesses selling musical instruments and associated products.

Links to Music and Health

The following links take you to websites about music and wellbeing, staying healthy as a musician and help to enable those affected by injury, illness or disability. If you know of other links that could be added to this list, please comment below.

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

RESOURCES AND ADVICE

Looking After Your Hearing – advice by Action on Hearing Loss

Noise at work, regulations, advice by the Health and Safety Executive. Sound Advice for music.

The Power Of Music by Professor Susan Hallam MBE. An executive summary with a comprehensive overview of the benefits of music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. A good ‘evidence of benefit’ resource if you are looking for funding support for a music project. It explores the evidence relating to the impact of musical skills on language development, literacy, numeracy, measures of intelligence, general attainment, creativity, fine motor co-ordination, concentration, self-confidence, emotional sensitivity, social skills, team work, self-discipline, and relaxation. Commissioned by the Music Education Council (MEC) and published by the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc).

Vocal health for singers – tips and advice by The Vocalist.

Singing is good for you. Article about the benefits of singing and how it can help or support a number of health/ability issues.

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

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.

Incorporated Society of Musicians health articles.  To access some information needs membership.

Lots of advice downloads from Musicians Health e.g. musculoskeletal disorders from playing instruments – prevention, risk factors, exercises and lots more.

Music and Wellbeing Resources. Making Music – an organisation to enrich lives and promote wellbeing.

Benefits of Arts Education – Evidence from the US. A blog making the case for music and arts education in schools, giving evidence of the numerous benefits in academic achievement, social skills, motivation aspiration and engagement, thinking skills and habits.

Benefits of music for children are explained in the introduction to a document by Youth Music that talks of the various ways to learn music.

18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument This article will provide you with 18 benefits of playing an instrument (in no particular order).

Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music covers psychological and physiological sciences of music focusing on ways in which musicians engage, and can come to engage more effectively, the vast array of physical and mental skills required during practice and performance.

Royal College of Music website on musicians health advice and staying healthy.

Music and Health. This website is “an attempt to put together ideas about piano teaching, to foster an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of piano technique – especially through the study of anatomy, biomechanics and ergonomics – and to provide a resource for information about musicians’ health”. Lots of information.

Music Therapy, job description and training routes.

Resources for SEN/D music making. Drake Music Education ‘Experiences’ is a place for disabled people, and music educators who work with disabled people, to share their experiences of music education in relation to the music curriculum, formal assessment and accreditation.

Body Signing Guidelines for Learners who are Visually Impaired with Additional Complex Needs – the use of cues helps to develop their understanding of communication and their immediate environment.

Music and Mental Health resource information sheet. Page 2 onwards has a directory of organisations supporting mental health with music, and other mental health support. From the TV Community Channel.

Lots of blogs related to music and health on the Youth Music Network.

Arts and Music in Healthcare: An overview of the medical literature: 2004‐2011. Rosalia Staricoff & Stephen Clift. July 2011

Creative Opportunities for Patients Wellbeing – an article about how community arts organisations are an important resource for patients to manage long-term illnesses and help self-esteem.

research@lahf.org.uk contact if you have an arts and health resource you want to share with the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing.  Here you will find a range of resources and examples showing the ways that creative activity can benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Not feeling so good? Music Jokes to cheer you up:)

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.

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.

ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING MUSIC AND HEALTH

A directory of over 400 organisations related to music and health, registered with Arts Health and Wellbeing. Search by UK region, art form and/or activity.

Music and Change works with mental health, music and young offenders. One in three young offenders has an unmet mental health need at the time of their offence.

Musicians Health has lots of links to organisations that support musicians and their health.

The British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) is the professional body for music therapists and a source of information, support and involvement for the general public. Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. The title music therapist can only be used by those registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Arts & Health South West is a key regional information, support and advocacy organisation for people who believe in the value of creativity in enhancing people’s health and wellbeing. They circulate regional and national work/commissioning opportunities via a monthly enews bulletin. AHSW membership is free and open to all, to sign up and receive the enews visit the website and upload your details.

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

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.

OPUS Music CIC specialises in music-making in healthcare settings. They offer a Music in Healthcare Settings training programme.

Live Music Now believes that involvement in high quality live music brings life-changing benefits. Their work is dedicated to increasing access to such experiences for those who would otherwise be excluded through disability, disadvantage, ill-health, poverty, social isolation or imprisonment.

  • Special needs particularly children – Live Music supports the development of self-esteem, creativity, learning and social skills for those with learning difficulties or physical disability.
  • Wellbeing particularly older people – Live music stimulates and engages older people, providing opportunities for social interaction and physical movement, and triggers memories for all, including those living with dementia.

The Dalcroze Society In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, virtually every musical concept is taught and experienced through movement of all parts of the body.

MUSIC AND INJURY/ILLNESS/DISABILITY

Ableize – Disabled music by and for people with disabilities. Comprehensive site with lots of links to organisations that support disability, not just about music – all sorts of help. See website map for all subjects covered. Excellent resource.

Amber Trust Amber’s vision is to give blind or partially-sighted children the best possible chance to fulfil their musical aspirations. They give grants to help individual young people do this – see below in the funding section (or click here).

Disability Arts Online is a journal for disabled bloggers, creatives and performers to share work and experience. It has lots resources e.g. a comprehensive disability directory of Artists, Organisations and On The Web support. Twitter: @disabilityarts

Teacher Guide to Music and Dyslexia A free download from Rhinegold publishing, in collaboration with the British Dyslexia Association. A series of articles from leading experts on the subject, offering insights and ideas.

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 UK’s 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

Action on Hearing Loss The largest charity in the UK working with hearing loss and hearing health. Twitter: @ActionOnHearing

Nordoff Robbins is a national music charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. They use music therapy and other music services to help a range of people with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and life-threatening or terminal illnesses, such as cancer. They offer training for a Masters degree in Music Therapy.

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.

A Rough Guide to Assistive Music Technology is a very useful blog for those working in Special Educational Needs and Disabled (SEN/D) settings.

Epilepsy Music Raising awareness of epilepsy, disability & mental health issues within the music industry & the arts. Fundraise, network, share your experiences. Twitter only.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more.

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK. Other resources online. Twitter: @attitudetweets

Fresh Tracks runs DJ workshops for people with learning disabilities. Twitter: @FreshtrackDJ

Music therapy can help cancer patients. Article on positive outcomes when using music making and music video production on patients being able to cope better when undergoing cancer treatment.

British Tinnitus Association is the only UK charity solely dedicated to supporting those who experience tinnitus. Twitter: @BritishTinnitus

British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed & adapted for listeners living with sight loss. Twitter: @BritishWireless

The Heroes Project ‏ A Learning Disability Arts development org providing Music & Radio experiences plus exciting Club Nights for people with a learning disability. Twitter: @HeroesProjectUK

Music in Hospitals. MiH aims to improve the quality of life for ill and disabled people through the therapeutic benefits of live music in healthcare. Twitter: @musicinhospital

The Hospital Broadcasting Association is the national charity that supports and promotes Hospital Broadcasting in the UK.

FUNDING SUPPORT FOR ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

Amber Music Awards The Amber Trust was set up to help all blind and partially sighted children (up to the age of 18) – including those with additional disabilities – to access and enjoy music. Amber Music Awards exist to provide financial grants to individual children and young people in support of this vision. They have 3 funding rounds per year. They support:

  • Music lessons
  • Music therapy sessions
  • The purchase of musical instruments
  • The purchase of specialist software or other technology
  • The purchase of concert tickets
  • Travel to attend musical events

Musicians Benevolent Fund – The Musicians Benevolent Fund provides funding through a range of awards schemes to help musicians when illness, accident, or old age brings stress and financial burdens.

Extra help for students. You might qualify for extra help on top of your main student finance package. Use the student finance calculator to see what extra help you can get. Numerous funds are targeted at: Students on a low-income, Students with children or dependant adults, Disabled students, Medical/social work/teacher training students.

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.

Links to Buying Musical Instruments and Equipment

The following links may help you choose musical instruments and equipment, find where to buy them and advise on how to look after and repair them. If you know of other links that could be added to this list, please comment below.

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

EVERYTHING

List of Retailers and manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and distributors 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.

BUYING MUSIC INSTRUMENTS

A very good document by the BBC, with advice about what music instrument might suit you; what to think about when buying instruments; Page 5 – where to get them; help with learning; looking after your instruments etc.

A Guide To Buying Quality Musical Instruments by Music For All. What to look for, with over views of numerous instruments. Worth looking at.

Musical instrument makers A massive list of musical instrument makers and suppliers.

Music instrument manufacturers and sales, recommended by the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers

Used/Second hand Musical Instruments Google search e.g. Exchange and MartWhy Buy New (plus other music equipment – PA, speakers etc), Musical Ads – all things musical.

BandMaker Free searchable database of available musicians and bands. Members can upload their details and soundbyte for people with the aim of getting bookings. Also buy, sell or exchange your musical instruments. 

Musical Chairs. A links list where classical musicians look for instruments all over the world. New and used.

Dawsons. Wide range of instruments, including guitars, keyboards, orchestral and folk instruments and drums.

Andertons. Guitars, drums, synthesizers, PA, studio and computer music products.

PMT Online. Electric and rock instruments.

World Tribal. Drums and percussion from around the world.

Guru Soundz. Maker and importer of Asian instruments, with pictures, descriptions and price guide.

Howarth. New and second-hand woodwind instruments and accessories. Rental option.

John Packer. Woodwind and brass instruments, plus accessories and tips on maintenance.

Myatt. Woodwind and brass instruments and their accessories.

Music Room. An online music shop with a range of instruments and accessories.

Chappell of Bond Street. Offering a selection of music books, sheet music and instruments.

Clarinets and saxophones. Scroll down the page to find links to retailers.

List of flute suppliers.

Harmonicas – a list of suppliers and related equipment such as belts compiled by World of Harmonica.

Skoog Music a musical instrument designed for all! #children #adults #musicians #specialneeds #rockstars #therapists #teachers #autism … Twitter: @SkoogMusic

BUYING EQUIPMENT 

Equipment Advice – What you need, setting up a PA system, how things work and what to consider when buying, reviews and more related articles.

BBC advice on buying DJ Equipment and Mics and Amps.

Stereophile Equipment reviews, blogs, forums, reports and more.

Music Radar Reviews, news, tuition, forums for guitars/acoustic/bass/drums/tech and DJ equipment.

Amadeus Performance Equipment provides furnishings and equipment for all performing arts environments including education, theatres, concert halls, orchestras, music associations and professional performers. They supply their own brand of musicians chairs and stools, the Opus Posture Chair range, as well as music stands, music stand banners and lights, acoustic shields, portable staging and instrument storage.

Online DJ equipment suppliers e.g. Juno, DecksDJ Kit and Thomann

Axe Music Shop –  Local to Lyme Regis. Run by Andy Cable, guitarist and fully trained guitar technician – offers repairs, servicing, set ups and custom alterations to just about all makes of guitar. Main dealer for Fender Squier and Cort guitars. Large selection of Tuition Books from Violin to Banjos. Drums from Tama and Mapex. New range of Fender Accessories. Good range of used guitars, amps etc fully guaranteed. 1 West Street, Town Centre, Axminster EX13 5FE. Tel. 01297 631 609 email  axe.music@btconnect.com.

Bridgewater Music Equipment Buying/Selling A Facebook Group for buying and selling music equipment.

Used PA equipment dealers Google search. General advice is don’t buy second-hand equipment unless you are knowledgeable about the pitfalls (or have someone with you who is!). Cheaper than new, check condition.

Black Cat Music Music stands, music chairs, conductor’s equipment, staging and choral risers, theatre equipment, acoustic solutions and sound-isolating music practice rooms.

Korg Digital instruments, controllers, software, accessories.

SOFTWARE

A ‘list of lists‘ of free stuff. A blog by Simon Glenister of Noise Solution on the Youth Music Network reviewing and recommending various sites that list various free music software. Includes Sample Radar, Bedroom producer, Reaper, TAL, guitar amp simulators and Computer Music magazine.

There are some great educational games and programs around for singers and musicians of all ages and standards.   The Vocalist has included a few here for you to download or direct links to the authors info & downloads pages.    To their knowledge, all of these programs are freeware or shareware for Windows 95/98 – please note that many DO NOT WORK WITH ME or XP unless stated otherwise.

Free Music Software from Music Radar online magazine.

iPad and iPhone apps for music Best apps, voted by Music Radar readers.

Music Software list Listed here are Wikipedia information articles for free and commercial software concerned with various aspects of music creation or enjoyment. Music software covers a wide array of functions ranging from musical composition softwareaudio recording software and editingmusic synthesis softwaremusic playing software, music education tools, etc.

Special Needs Software Mostly for literacy but can be adapted for music e.g. Drake Music have pioneered the use of assistive music technology (AMT) to make music accessible. AMT is a broad term for technology that provides access to music making. Examples of AMT include a computer running Clicker 5, a switch (a large accessible button that can be connected to a computer) or an angle arm that enables an instrument to be mounted onto a wheelchair within easy reach of the student.

A good blog by Drake Music demonstrates the use of various technologies to help break down disabling barriers to music making. They range from lo-tech joysticks or switches to high-tech motion sensors triggered by the smallest physical movement.

INSTRUMENT CARE AND REPAIRS

Allianz Musical Insurance Insurance specialist for musical instruments.

Music Guard Insurance specialist for musical instruments.

Musical Instrument and Equipment Insurance Google search. Compare terms, prices and what they cover.

List of instruments and the type of repairs and servicing they require.

Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Where you can play, courses on instrument maintenance, cheap insurance.

Guitar care – Humidity – dangers and solutions.

Music instrument repairs in Devon

Music instrument repairers in the UK listed by the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers. Click on the map to find repairers near you.

Yellow Pages list of instrument repairers in the UK.

Suppliers of tools and services for instrument repairers.

SHEET MUSIC

Sheet Music Plus 800,000 songbooks, score, tabs, methods and more.

Best Editions Piano Sheet Music Recommendations for the best sheet music for classical music – with notes to best show the composer’s original intent for the score.

Petrucci Music Library features all the music that is copyright-free – copyright applies to composers’ music until 70 years after their death.
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Music Ngram Viewer Type in a melody or chord sequence and find sheet music related to it.
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Your Accompanist MP3 music to accompany singing.

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.

National

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: www.composecreate.com/about/ www.berklee-blogs.com/ www.artistshousemusic.org/  http://thomasjwestmusic.com MajoringInMusic.com;

http://news.masterclassu.com/http://blog.wolftune.com/ http://ganassi.nl/

http://www.sbomagazine.com; bulletproofmusician.com; MusTech.net provides good discussion and insight into a wide variety of music technology and its uses in the classroom; musiciansway.com/blog 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 http://www.prekandksharing.blogspot.com.

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‘.