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Fees guide for music teachers

24 March 2011

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has released results from a survey of its members regarding the fees they charge for tuition. The survey was conducted at the start of this year, and reflects the opinions of over 1,000 music teachers, both private and those self-employed in schools. The survey found that most charged between £25 and £35 per hour, so a mid-point of £30 per hour, though there were notable regional variations.

Deborah Annetts, the ISM’s Chief Executive, said: ‘This is the only survey of its type in the UK. Combined with our fee recommendations for 2011/12, it provides helpful information for schools, music services and all those working as music teachers.’

Further details of the survey and fee recommendations are listed in the Policy and Advice pages of the ISM website, ism.org

Creative Scotland reveals ten-year plan

21 March 2011

Creative Scotland has announced a ten-year corporate plan in a report entitled Investing in Scotland’s Creative Future. The plan offers a comprehensive statement of their aspirations and actions for the next three years, continuing current good practice as well as introducing specific initiatives across arts, culture, film, TV and the creative industries.

The plan identifies five key areas of investment: talent; quality artistic production; audiences, access and participation; the cultural economy; and places and their contribution to a creative Scotland. Creative Scotland will use a mix of government funding, lottery funding and other income to work with partners across Scotland to deliver their cultural vision.

The document will be used to inform discussions on the longer term cultural aims for Scotland and can be read at creativescotland.com

Campaign for music's inclusion in the English Baccalaureate

15 March 2011

The ISM, FMS, Conservatoires UK and the Music Industries Association (MIA) are actively campaigning for music to be included on the English Baccalaureate, following early indications from government that the arts, technology and economics subjects will all be excluded.

ISM and Conservatoires UK have submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee, which is currently defining the components of the proposed English Baccalaureate. Recents surveys from NAME and ISM imply that GCSE Music is already being sidelined in some schools as Headteachers scramble to increase attainment figures in the five baccalaureate subjects.

Paul McManus, Chief Executive of the MIA, said: ‘The proposals clearly pose a threat to the future of music education in this country. This is extremely short-sighted and risks undermining the considerable benefits that music in the curriculum can bring.’

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM added that 'Darren Henley's independent review of music education was unequivocal in its warning about the risk of excluding music from the English Baccalaureate. Given the Government's commitment to music education and statement that "music is an enriching and valuable academic subject", we are continuing to call for music to be included.’

Sing Up to receive £4m funding for 2011-12

15 March 2011

Following a wealth of evidence submitted to the Henley Review in support of the National Singing Programme, the government has committed to supporting Sing Up for a ‘transition year’ so that the programme can establish a sustainable way forward away from central funding.

It has been determined that £4m will be awarded to sustain and develop the extensive resources and website. Additionally the money will enable the continuation of the Sing Up Training Programme, Sing Up Awards and to maintain the networks and partnerships at the heart of their work.

Baz Chapman, Sing Up’s programme director said: ‘This investment is a great testament to the impact and value of the programme we’ve all worked so hard on for the last three and a half years. We are now looking forward to using the coming year to continue to grow and develop Sing Up, enabling it to have a sustainable future.’  

For more information visit Sing Up's website

Threatened Scottish music school moves towards financial security

25 February 2011

The future is looking more positive for Scotland’s National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music following recent discussions with Highland Council. At the meeting to set the council’s 2011-2012 budget in February, it voted to withdraw the Wester Ross centre’s £300,000-a-year funding from the end of July 2012. Based at Plockton High School, the centre currently offers 24 students, 19 of whom are residential, in-depth tuition, workshops and masterclasses in traditional music.   

However, following a demonstration by over 100 musicians outside the council’s Inverness offices and an online petition, Hugh Fraser, director of education, culture and sport, says Highland Council is committed to looking at options for safeguarding the centre. ‘We’re looking at a range of possible partnering options, efficiencies to make the centre more cost-effective and ways of generating more income.’  

He adds that with the school empty during the summer months and at weekends, there is the potential to work with other agencies to run workshops and courses to grow the business. In terms of partnerships, Dougie Pincock, the centre’s director, is exploring different funding streams including a possible tie-in with the University of the Highlands and Islands, in particular its West Highland College.  

‘We’re looking at carrying out consultancy work on behalf of the UHI and college. There are additional activities we might be able to provide in partnership with the college which would widen the access to this centre for other potential user groups and open up other funding streams. It is important to stress that any additional activity will not impinge on the core business which is delivering a secondary school project.’  

Mr Pincock has been advised by the council that he can continue to recruit as normal during the forthcoming round of auditions which he believes indicates that the centre will still be running at the end of 2012.



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