Schools Music Association announces merger with ISM
30 March 2014
The Schools Music Association (SMA) is to become part of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) as of 1 July.
The two organisations
have increasingly worked together in recent years in areas of advocacy and
support for music educators. Following the merger,
the ISM organisation, name and normal
functions will continue unaltered. SMA
members will become part of the ISM and will be known as ‘ISM-SMA’ members. Those that choose to upgrade
to full ISM membership can also enjoy the legal,
insurance and other services that the ISM offers.
The SMA has been
consulting its members on the future of the organisation since 2012. SMA members
indicated an overwhelming preference to explore merger with the ISM in
November 2012, and at their AGM on 26 October 2013 voted unanimously
for the association to merge with the larger ISM.
Jay Deeble, Chairman of the SMA, said: ‘After 76 years of
working to help children and their teachers make music together, we are looking
forward to the next 76, working as a vibrant part of the ISM. Joint projects, and shared
values and attitudes mean that the transition should be seamless, and we shall
continue to provide an essential network for music teachers, serving as a vital
link between those working with young people and the policy makers at local,
regional and national level. Our aims will remain unchanged and we shall
continue to organise events involving children in mass music-making, as well as
provide termly resources to members.’
Joanna MacGregor to lead Dartington from summer 2015
30 March 2014
MacGregor has been announced as the artistic director of the Dartington
International Summer School from 2015, initially on a three-year contract.
take over from Nicholas Daniel after this year’s summer school, Daniel having
been taken on with a one-year contract, as
announced last year.
'Joanna has been recruited to help build on the successes of the summer school, develop
new approaches with other arts activities at Dartington and restore the four
week format,’ read a statement.
2014 summer school will be only three weeks long, as opposed to the
long-established five-week model, a change made ‘due to reduced demand for the
2013 summer school’ according to a Dartington spokesperson. With strong sales
this year, however, the plan is to step up to four weeks in 2015.
was artistic director of the Bath International Music Festival from 2006 to
2012 and is head of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She was made a
professor of the University of London in autumn 2013 ‘in recognition of her
outstanding contribution both to the Academy and to international musical
has a reputation for bringing amateurs and professional musicians together and
is well-known for attracting artists of international calibre to work as
tutors. Before Daniel, directors were the composer John Woolrich, Gavin
Henderson, Peter Maxwell Davies and William Glock.
in 2014 include pianists Anna Tilbrook, Christian Blackshaw, Katya Apekisheva
and Tom Poster, soprano Emma Kirkby, conductor Sian Edwards, viol consort
Fretwork, violist Philip Dukes, and composers Colin Matthews and John Woolrich.
said of her appointment: ‘Having been involved with the summer school for many
years I am delighted to take on this exciting role and to have the opportunity
to shape the future of this wonderful celebration of music and creativity.’
Rhinegold Charity Fund rewards Pro Corda
25 March 2014
The Rhinegold Charity Fund,
which each year offers £10,000 of advertising spend across Rhinegold
Publishing’s wide range of classical music and education publications, websites
and services, will benefit Pro Corda Trust for the 2014/15 financial year.
The fund – which will be released on 1 April 2014 – also
provides Pro Corda with marketing, design and account management support from the
Rhinegold Publishing team.
Pro Corda, which was shortlisted earlier this year for
the 2014 Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award at the Music Teacher
Awards for Excellence, is a music and educational charity established in 1969
to provide education in the ‘art, philosophy and theory of music’ to young
people across the UK.
Following applications from a large number of worthy
charities, Pro Corda was selected as the recipient of the fund by Rhinegold’s
Board of Directors and newly-appointed Chairman of the Rhinegold Charity Fund,
Stephen Turvey, said ‘I am delighted to have been
involved in selecting the recipient of the 2014/15 Rhinegold Charity Fund. Pro
Corda’s far-reaching work in the classroom and school halls – it helps over
1500 children per annum – and particularly its work with special educational
needs (SEN) children are to be commended. I am confident that this award will
help them to build on their impressive achievements to date and make a
difference to many more young lives through nurturing live music performance.’
Pro Corda’s CEO and Artistic Director, Andrew Quartermain
says, ‘Pro Corda is delighted to receive this award. This will allow us to
treble our advertising output for the next year and in particular bring to the
fore our national music programme for special educational needs. We are most
grateful to Rhinegold for this opportunity.’
Entries for the 2015/16 Charity Fund will open in Autumn
2014. All charities within the music industry are encouraged to apply; full
details will be available from www.rhinegold.co.uk/fund.
Birmingham Conservatoire to relocate in 2017
25 March 2014
Birmingham City University has announced a new £40
million home for the Birmingham Conservatoire.
The move has been prompted following the Compulsory
Purchase of its current home, Paradise Circus as part of a civic redevelopment
project. The new purpose-built premises will stand alongside Millennium Point, a
short distance from New Street and Moor Street train stations and close to
Birmingham City University’s city centre campus, the ThinkTank Museum and the
Birmingham Ormiston Academy.
The new facility, due to open by summer 2017, will
incorporate two major performance spaces,
including a concert hall, in addition to the private rehearsal and
practice rooms, recording studios and the like.
The university’s vice-chancellor, professor Cliff Allan,
said: ‘Birmingham City Council’s redevelopment of Paradise Circus meant that a
new home was needed for our world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire. Over the
past few months the University has been in close negotiation with Birmingham
City Council to reach an appropriate agreement.
Subject to confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order of Paradise
Circus by the Secretary of State, construction is expected to commence in
summer 2014. I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will
enable Birmingham Conservatoire to relocate to this new, state-of-the-art
building by summer 2017.
UCAS Condemned for Selling Students' Data
18 March 2014
campaigners have condemned the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
for its ‘underhand’ use of students’ data for commercial advertisers.
received more than £12m last year in return for sending targeted advertising to subscribers. The service sells the
access via its commercial arm, Ucas Media.
Vodafone, O2, Microsoft and the private university
accommodation provider Pure Student Living are among those who have marketed
through UCAS, which offers access to over a million student email addresses and
a market worth a claimed £15bn a year.
Meanwhile, the UCAS offshoot
Ucas Progress, set up two years ago to serve pupils from aged 13 looking for
post-16 courses, is also collecting data. Children who sign up for Ucas
Progress via their schools are encouraged by the company to agree to receive
marketing by email from ‘carefully selected third parties’.
Emma Carr, deputy director of the privacy lobby group Big
Brother Watch, said: ‘UCAS is perfectly within the law to sell on this
information, but the way they are doing so, as is the situation with most data
gathering organisations, is underhand. It goes far beyond what students would
expect them to do with their data. Students should be explicitly asked for their permission before
UCAS can sell their information on and UCAS should be open and transparent
about who it is selling the data on to.’
University applicants are given
the option of refusing mailings when they register with UCAS. However, the
application form does not distinguish between commercial mailings and
information from universities and potential employers.
A UCAS spokesperson said: ‘UCAS
and Ucas Media comply strictly with all applicable laws and regulations, in the
way in which we handle personal data. Ucas Media has strict guidelines for the
different groups that we may cover, based on the age sensitivities of our
audiences. For example, Ucas Media does not accept political, alcohol or
tobacco related products for marketing.’
UCAS's accounts say ‘the majority’ of Ucas Media's profits are
gift aided to the parent company, which is a charity as well as a company. It
argues that the contribution keeps down applicant fees, currently £23 per
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