MU urges members working with children to take part in consultation on Vetting and Barring
7 May 2010
As reported in MT in March, registration for the new Vetting and Barring Scheme under the auspices of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) opens in July this year. New employees and those changing jobs in regulated activity will be able to apply for ISA registration from this point and registration will become mandatory for these workers from November 2010. For those who currently have CRB checks, the scheme will be phased in over the next five years. Further information on how to register with the ISA can be found at www.isa-gov.org.uk.
The Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF) has opened a public consultation inviting views on requirements for CRB disclosures for workers who are ISA registered. The Musicians Union (MU) is urging its members who will have to register with the ISA to get involved in the consultation.
‘Although the scheme has had negative publicity in the media it does have some benefits for freelance musicians who work for a number of institutions,’ said Diane Widdison, national organiser for live performance and teaching for the MU. ‘The benefits are that you only have to register once with the scheme and it is constantly updated. It is also portable which means that you won’t have to have numerous copies of CRB checks.
‘The point we want the DCSF to take on board when it issues its guidance is that registering with the ISA for musicians who work in education should be sufficient for employers in the vast majority of cases. ISA registration means that the individual has no known reason why they shouldn’t be fit to work with children or vulnerable adults therefore, we feel, subsequent CRB checks should only be done if the individual needs to be criminally checked for other areas of work such as working in finance or driving. Our worry is that if the statutory guidance from the DCSF is not clear then individual schools and Local Authorities will develop their own regulations which will increase the already over bureaucratic system.’
Outlining the position regarding ISA registration for self-employed music tutors working in schools, Widdison said that the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), the legislation on which the scheme is based, defines a small number of places, including schools as ‘specified places’ and anyone who does work there once a week or more or four times or more in a 30 day period will need to register with the ISA. So, if a music tutor is working in the same school on this basis they will need to register and the school must check their registration.
‘A barred person cannot work as a private tutor for children (the individual will know they are barred and the reasons why) and sanctions will apply to barred individuals who work or try to work as a children’s tutor. However, there are no mandatory requirements for self-employed private tutors to register with the ISA. These workers can join the scheme and parents have eligibility to check their ISA registration but there are no mandatory requirements to do so.’
The DCSFconsultation will be open until June and if any changes to requirements for CRB disclosures are made, they will be detailed in a revised version of the DCSF statutory guidance Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education. This guidance will be issued to Ofsted, schools and local authorities in the summer. The consultation can be accessed at:
Vocal Process offers seminar on effective voice use
5 May 2010
Singing consultant Gillyanne Kayes and RADA voice tutor David Carey will be running a one-day seminar, Singing and speaking with One Voice, exploring issues to do with using the voice effectively for singing and speaking on Saturday 22 May at RADA, Chenies Street, London WC1E. It includes three separate workshops on the key elements of singing training, key elements of spoken voice training and 'singing the text, speaking the song', and is aimed at singers who find it difficult to speak on stage, anyone who has difficulty applying their spoken voice training to singing, and teachers who would value advice on helping students with vocal problems.More information from Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher at Vocal Process, +44 (0)1544 267946
Glasgow Airport launches hunt for music stars of the future
4 May 2010
Budding musicians could see their careers take off thanks to a new creative initiative from Scotland's gateway airport. Glasgow Airport is giving up and coming young musicians the chance to perform in front of a worldwide audience of thousands, live from the terminal building.
A series of 'Airplay' sessions are planned this summer to give young musicians the chance to showcase their work and entertain travellers from around the globe. A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the best performer and highlights will be posted online.
The competition is designed to highlight Glasgow's status as a UNESCO City of Music, awarded in 2008 because of its rich musical heritage. The west of Scotland has given rise to some of Scottish music's biggest names, including Aztec Camera, Belle & Sebastian, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Glasvegas, Hue and Cry, Lulu, Texas, Travis and Paolo Nutini.
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: 'Glasgow has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Music because of the important contribution the city has made to the music industry. It seems fitting that we should launch this search for the recording artists of the future at the city's gateway airport. Our Airplay sessions are a fantastic platform for young musicians, and we're delighted to play our part in support of Glasgow as the City of Music. Glasgow Airport is Scotland's long haul and transatlantic gateway, so performers can expect to play to thousands of travellers from across the globe. For one lucky performer, it could help their dreams of stardom really take off.'
To take part in Airplay, young musicians should send a CV or DVD with a selection of their recordings - or a link to their website - to Airplay, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW or email email@example.com
New sitcom The Music Teacher airs on BBC Radio 4
30 April 2010
A new BBC Radio 4 sitcom by Richie Webb entitled The Music Teacher aired its first episode on 29 April. Webb created and appeared in Radio 4’s 15-Minute Musical, for which he won a Writers’ Guild Award, and is a prolific composer for television. The Music Teacher tells the story of jaded teacher Nigel, who inhabits a tiny windowless practice room in a regional arts centre where he is visited by a succession of exasperating pupils. The programme airs at 11pm on Thursdays; visit the BBC iPlayer to catch up.
Hanson works with Sound & Fair to produce first clarinet from sustainably sourced African blackwood
29 April 2010
British clarinet maker Hanson has become the world’s first woodwind manufacturer to use certifiably sustainable African blackwood. The certification was awarded by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in March following Hanson’s decision to use wood harvested from a reserve managed by Kikole village in southern Tanzania. Villagers receive around £1,200 for 15 cubic metres of wood, 400 times what they would have received before FSC-certification, which should help ensure the sustainability of the reserve. Neil Bridgeland of Sound & Fair, an organisation that works to realise the sustainable trade in African blackwood for woodwind instruments, said, ‘Many years of hard work have gone into creating the infrastructure in Tanzania to export FSC-certified hardwoods, and now we have the commitment of one of the UK’s major woodwind instrument manufacturers to drive the process through. Very soon clarinet players will be able to make purchasing decisions based on ethical considerations as well as quality.’ Hanson, a leading supplier of educational instruments, expects to launch its FSC-certified clarinet later this year.
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